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Welcome to our web site!

A  Little background history about ourselves:
The Bengali people are the ethnic community from Bengal (divided between India and Bangladesh) in Indian subcontinent with a history going back more than two millennia. They speak Bengali (বাংলা Bangla), a language of the eastern branch of the Indo-European languages. In their native language, they are referred to as বাঙালী Bangali.

The Bengalis are known for their artistic and cultural achievements. Noted Bengali authors, playwrights, music composers, painters and film-makers have played a significant role in the evolution and development of Indian artistic expression. The Bengal renaissance of the 19th century was brought about when the British introduced Western education and ideas. Among the various Indian cultures, the Bengalis were relatively quick to adapt to the British rule and actually use its principles (such as the judiciary and the legislature) in the subsequent political struggle for independence. The Bengali renaissance contained the seeds of a nascent Political Indian Nationalism and was the precursor in many ways to modern Indian artistic and cultural expression. The Bengali poet and novelist, Rabindranath Tagore became the first Nobel laureate from Asia when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

Since 2000, the Bengali community has been trying in bringing together Bengali families and their well-wishers from across the Grampian, Scotland and beyond, irrespective of gender, race or religion.and was partially successfull. But it all changed and started in 2006. It was the never failing combination of a few enterprising Bengalis, the time of the year, and the nostalgia - of the blue skies of October, the sound of "Dhak" filling the minds and hearts, the memory of the air heavy with the smell of incense and "prasad", faces of friends and family brimming with joy. It were as if the whole world was full of simple pleasures. The combination made it happen. The few enterprising Bengalis did what Bengalis have always done. They organized the first Bijoya Sammeloni  on the  Grampian Area. And from there to forming the Aberdeen Bengali Cultural Association was a short and inevitable step. The organization had its challenges. Financial resources were hard to come by initially. But the community stuck to the task. And after successfully completing one year the association has grown in strength and in members. The association has decided to take steps in the final frontier and organise the Biggest Socio-Cultural event of Bengalis the DURGA PUJO in 2008.

Our Forthcoming Programmes

Kali Pujo on November 2007

Christmas Pot Luck Party on December 2007

Saraswati Puja on February 2008

Bengali New Year Celebration on tApril 2008

Summer Picnic  TBA

Durga Pujo TBA

Lakshmi Pujo TBA

Bijoya Sameloni TBA

 

All venues and times to confirmed near to the event . Please watch this speace for more details.

 

2007 Biyoya Sammelan

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Kali Pujo 2007

 

 

Organised by Aberdeen Bengali Cultural Association

 

 

 

 

 

Dear friends/ Members,

 We the committee members of the Aberdeen Bengali Cultural Association (ABCA) are proud to announce that the 2007 Kali Pujo will take place on the month of  November  . Please watch this space for more deatils on this event.

We invite you to visit and attend the event. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join.

Please get in touch to offer comments and join our mailing list.

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