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!!
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 2019-2020
Dr. Indranil Sau
(304) 238 6037
(443) 682 0957
Bidisha Banerjee Sau
Chitrali Ray Chaudhuri
(860) 834 2808
(412) 515 6050
(678) 343 7351
(412) 979 8695
(412) 980 8548
(412) 708 7409