Since 1980, Kämpchen lives in Santiniketan in West Bengal where the poet Rabindranath Tagore had spent half of his life. He travels extensively in India and visits Europe about three times a year. His field of activity is the cultural dialogue between India and Germany especially in the area of literature and religion. Kämpchen translates the poet Tagore and the Hindu saint Ramakrishna from Bengali to German, compiles anthologies, writes essays and short stories; he has also published a novel. He regularly writes for the cultural section of the renowned daily “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” about India. In Germany, Martin Kämpchen gives lectures, readings and seminars. In India, he actively guides the development of two tribal villages.