About

The Bengali Association Of Pittsburgh

The Bengali people are an ethno-linguistic group from the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, inhabiting primarily the Bengal province of India and the independent country of Bangladesh.

The Bengali language is spoken by 250 million people and is the sixth largest language in the world. There is also a rich diaspora of Bengali immigrants settled in the English speaking countries like Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, in the South East Asia, Middle East, and also in Germany, Austria and France.

 

The Bengali language has a rich tradition of literature including prose, poetry, music, stage theater and films. Calcutta (also known as Kolkata) in India and Dhaka in Bangladesh, the two largest cities with native Bengali population, are famous for their constellation of poets and writers, active literary and theatrical traditions. We strive to promote the awareness of Indian Bengali culture and ethos through various cultural events such as traditional musical and dance programs, stage plays, poetry reading and celebration of ethnic festival and food events.

 

You are new in the southwestern Pennsylvania city of Pittsburgh and you want to connect to your root in Bengali community, where do you go? You own a business and you want to reach out to the vibrant and culturally active Bengali community, what would you look for? The answer is the Bengali Association of Pittsburgh. It is one of the oldest Bengali associations in the US and the tristate area!!

 Our journey

 

Bengali Association of Pittsburgh or BAP was formed in 1981 and is a registered, non-profit community organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the rich cultural and linguistic heritage and ethos of the Bengali community in the greater Pittsburgh region. We have 300 plus active members living in the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area and the surrounding region. One of our missions is to pass on our heritage to the younger Bengalis born and raised in US as well as in Pittsburgh region.

What BAP does :

We partner with the local Indian community organizations to celebrate Pan-Indian community events. We also organize community service and charity events like providing relief to victims of earthquake, flood or other natural disasters, organizing Toys for Tots drive, and support local charitable organizations through voluntary financial donations and other activities. 

We organize social activities like Bengali New Year celebration, Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Bengalis, organizing food bank for local Pittsburgh communities, Summer Picnic, participating in Indian Independence Day celebration, participating in local community fairs, organizing blood collection drives etc. Also, BAP publishes a member directory, a print magazine, e-magazine and has an active social media presence including Facebook page and a very active website.


BAP Executive Committee 2020-2021

Role Name Phone E-mail
President Tanusri Nandi (443) 682 0957 ritodip2k@yahoo.com
President-Elect Chitrali Ray Chaudhuri (609) 504 5319 chaudhurichitrali@gmail.com
Treasurer Subhasish Pal (412) 290 6069 suby.pal@gmail.com
Joint Secretary Anirban Maiti (412) 527 0686 anirban.maiti@outlook.com
Member Anindya Saha (724) 889 7022 anindya_cal@yahoo.com
Member Dipanwita Samanta (412) 628 9211 sdipanwita@gmail.com
Member Nandini Som (540) 986 6141 nansom1004@hotmail.com
Joint Secretary Sudip Misra (412) 223 1973 JrSudipBAP@gmail.com
Student Member Biprateep Dey (412) 320 6903 biprateep@pitt.edu

Checks payable to Bengali Association of Pittsburgh and mail to Saumitra Khajanchi, 7010 Sherwood Drive, Mc Donald, PA 15057. Phone (724) 579-5351 Email saumitra_khajanchi@hotmail.com

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