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July 28 - Celebrity Interview, Program Clips and You

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More than 100 hours of programs, 300-plus artists, 6000-plus attendees...even conceiving a wrap-up episode of Banga Sammelan is a daunting task! We pressed the rewind button in our mind to revisit the glorious moments of this year's version of North American Bengalis’ greatest adda. As we moved around the Metro Toronto Convention Center, the attendees came forward to share their feelings about how things were going and the performers let us capture their various moods and moments. Our team was always alert to gain insights into the workings of this mega-machine called NABC. Enjoy this episode and listen to the stars - not only the ones who stood under the arclights to entertain us, but also the ones who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen. And above all, thank you for supporting this event and our efforts. If you have pictures or videos of Banga Sammelan that you would like to share, please email them to us and stay tuned for continuous updates on this website. We will be back soon with all the news about 2009 San Francisco Banga Sammelan. Stay tuned!

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June 30 - Indrani Halder, Sandip Ray, Tanvir Mokammel

Tanvir Mokammel and Sandip Ray
Indrani Halder

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Its here! This Friday, the countdown to Banga Sammelan reaches its grand finale. In this episode, Amar Mukherjee, co-chair Films, and Tapan Sen, co-chair Overseas Artists provide a synopsis of some events. Sandip Ray details the Satyajit Ray exhibition and the Ray short films. Tanvir Mokammel from Bangladesh talks about his award winning films. Indrani Halder shares her solidarity with prabasi bengalis and talks about her two award-winning films. Ranajit Datta, who pioneered the Banga Sammelan movement in New York, and Sunil Gangopadhyay reminisce about the early years. And then Surajit Sengupta, President NABC 2009 takes us to future - next year's San Francisco Conference. But for now, its Toronto! Enjoy the conference.

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Sirshendu, Sunil and Suchitra
Aneek Dhar

June 23 - Literature, Folk, Calcutta Choir and Aneek

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We are now in the home stretch of preparations for Toronto Banga Sammelan. Kalyan Sen Barat describes the opening day program In Search of Nature and Calcutta Choir programs Alibaba, Glimpses of Bengal Folk Dances and the Closing ceremony. Noted Baul singer Prahlad Brahmachari shares his feelings on being invited to Banga Sammelan for the first time. Ila Roy, co-chair Literature, Women's and Senior Issues talks about these seminars. Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Suchitra Bhattacharya join in the conversation. Registrants of all ages are excited about the SaReGaMa winner, Aneek Dhar. Aneek talks about his rollercoaster musical journey. Next week in the final pre-conference episode join Indrani Halder as we discuss films and start the final countdown!

Sukalyan Bhattacharyya
Arnab Chakraborty

June 16 - Opening Ceremony, Drama and Arts

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The preparations continue at a feverish pace for Toronto Banga Sammelan. Local youngsters share their excitement of being a part of the opening and closing ceremonies and other events. Choreographer Sukalyan Bhattacharyya describes the theme and details of the opening ceremony while Meghnad Bhattacharyya introduces us to the drama that PBCA members are performing. Niladri Chaki, co-chair Art Exhibitions, is putting final touches to a unique exhibition featuring his rare collections. Arnab Chakraborty, winner of the K for Kishore contest rounds up this episode. Next week we bring to you Aneek Dhar.

Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan
Subhamita

June 9 - Ustad Ali Ahmad Khan and Subhamita

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The mercury rises across North America, literally as well as figuratively as the excitement of Banga Sammelan draws near. Opening and Closing ceremony co-chair Rubi Mukherjee provides a glimpse of the inauguration program. Shehnai maestro Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan feels honored to be a part of Banga Sammelan for the first time and shares some great stories, including how he came to play the signature tune of Doordarshan. Our North American featured performance is the tribute to Debabrata Biswas. Subhamita rounds up this episode with her songs and interview. Next week we cover drama, opening and closing ceremonies.

Kumar Sanu

June 2 - Kumar Sanu, CAB and N. American Artists

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In this episode, Kumar Sanu shares with us the essentials that we all prabasis miss - the addas, the phuchkas, the ghugni! In a candid conversation, Sanuda lauds the efforts of Bengalis outside Bengal to preserve the cultural heritage and talks about his favorite songs, Uttam Kumar and Manna Dey. NABC Chairperson Kajal Sarkar provides insights about Cultural Association of Bengal while NABC2008 Asst. Principal Chairperson Rathin Ghose summarizes the programs by North American performers. Registrants from United Kingdom to Illinois and performers from Toronto to New York join in the conversation. Next week our guest is Subhamita.

Mir Afsar Ali

May 26 - Registrants, Musicians & Mir Afsar Ali

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It comes down to five weekends before the curtain goes up on the 28th North American Bengali Conference. Performers are getting together with the accompanying musicians in Kolkata for practice sessions. We catch up with two musicians, Partha Banerjee and Sanjay Das to hear their views on Banga Sammelan. Registrants are getting ready as well - some to hear Nachiketa, some to take part in the intellectually stimulating seminar series. We are getting ready for Mir, the popular Kolkata radio and TV anchor. Listen to Mir's impersonation of some famous Bengalis! He will make sure when he is on stage, you'll get a free pass to the laughter club! The give-aways continue, so call and join in the fun. Next week our guest is Kumar Sanu.

Rupankar
Ferdous Ara

May 12 - Food Arrangement, Ferdous Ara & Rupankar

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While Bengali organizations around North America celebrate the Rabindra-Nazrul birth anniversaries, Toronto is getting ready to host the Banga Sammelan. In this episode, noted Nazrulgeeti singer from Bangladesh, Ferdous Ara talks about Nazrul's relevance in today's world and expresses her admiration for the Prabasi Bengali's efforts in preserving the Bengali culture. Food Facilities (logistics) co-chair Bapi Banerjee and registrants discuss about the food options in NABC. Singer Rupankar rounds up this episode, talking about his early days and Rubi Ray!

Bhoomi

April 28 - Sandip Ray, Youth Programs & Bhoomi

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The Countdown continues with less than 10 weeks to go. In this episode, filmmaker Sandip Ray provides a brief synopsis of the Satyajit Ray event that will take place as part of NABC film session with Ray exhibits and short films. Youth program co-chairs Sasha and Mayukh detail the exciting events that they are putting together to make it a conference within the conference. Preparations are in full swing for their celebration of Bengali culture through the opera style Balmiki Pratibha - entirely put together by the second generation. Popular Bangla Band Bhoomi share their excitement of performing in Toronto. Surojit - lead member of Bhoomi updates us about their preparation and takes us back to their early days. Registrants voice their comments about NABC to round up this episode.

Indrani

April 14 - Poila Boisakh Episode

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The Countdown for Toronto begins today with this special Poila Boisakh episode. On behalf of the organizers, Chairpersons Jaidev Sarkar and Bejoy Das extend you a warm welcome and seek your support. The stars are with you from today itself - listen to Poila Boisakh gretings from Aparna Sen, Subhamita, Mir, Kumar Shanu and Indrani Sen. Every episode will feature an interview and this episode's guest is Indrani Sen. In the next episode we get to talk to Bangla band Bhoomi. Listen to this series of podcasts, participate and win exciting gifts like last year. Wish you a very happy Bengali New Year!

April 8 - Listen to The Preview Episode

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Banga Sammelan 2008 - Kick-off Meeting

Toronto sets the ball rolling...

The soccer-crazy Bengalis appropriately call it the kick-off meeting - the formal launch of the preparation for next year’s North American Bengali Conference - although the behind-the-scenes activities start much earlier. Maintaining the tradition, NABC2008 hosts PBCA organized a kick-off meet on August 25, 2007 at the Tagore Center in Toronto. The team presented their plans for next year’s extravaganza and if past is any indication of the future, we are in for a royal treat next year at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. After all, Toronto can draw from the experience of hosting twice this event. As the guests from US and India committed in their short speeches, it is a huge collaborative effort - one where the final celebration for the organizers has to wait till the curtains drop on July 6.

 

We were there to capture highlights of the occasion. Enjoy the video. Keep checking back as we take you through to July 4.

 

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