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Complete Video Coverage of 31st Banga Sammelan (2011)...from Baltimore, MD

 

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Kalyan Sen Barat

Jun 23 - With Kalyan Sen Barat

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With only about a week left for North America's largest Bengali adda, activities are at its peak. We visit Washington Kali Temple where Kalyan Sen Barat is conducting rehearsal sessions with community members. The dance practice is for the Baltimore NABC2011 Opening Ceremony. Kalyan-da reveals the design of the Opening and Closing ceremonies, and the Tagore 150th anniversary celebrations. Listen to our conversation with Kalyan Sen Barat and enjoy the dances.

NABC2011 Baltimore Convention Center

Jun 16 - NABC2011 Team Meeting

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More than 350 volunteers have been working tirelessly for over two years for the 31st North American Bengali Conference. Banga Sammelan begins at Baltimore Convention Center on July 1 and continues through to July 3, 2011. BanglaPodcast was there in Rockville, MD to capture moments from a team meeting last month. This episode will provide you a behind the scenes tour of what it takes to pull off this huge prabasi event. Get a sneak peak into the facilities arrangement, exhibition, art and decoration, hotel and transportation etc.

Utpal Dasgupta Sudhansu Saha

Jun 02 - NABC2011 Food Arrangements

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The foodie bengali must have readily-available mouth-watering delicacies to call any event a success. North America's largest Bengali gathering, Banga Sammelan, offers the ultimate confluence of gastronomical delights and cultural spread. NABC 2011 Baltimore organizers Sudhansu Saha and Utpal Dasgupta update BanglaPodcast listeners about the food arrangements. And yes, elaborate snack stalls would be available late into the evening.

Amit Adhya Debasri Mitra Nadita Dasgupta

May 26 - Organizers from Sanskriti, Prantik and NVBA

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This year's Banga Sammelan is being organized by Sanskriti of Washington DC area, Prantik and North Virginia Bengali Association (NVBA). While most events like the Pujas or Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti etc. are organized by individual clubs and community associations, a national event like Banga Sammelan brings forth this unique collaboration between the prabasi bengalis of the area. Amit Adhya of Prantik, Nandita Dasgupta of Sanskriti and Debasri Mitra of NVBA share with BanglaPodcast their feelings about this ownership and participation.

NABC2011 Youth

May 19 - NABC2011 Youth Conference

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BanglaPodcast team caught up with the young organizers of this years Banga Sammelan at Baltimore. The 2011 NABC Youth Conference promises to be different - stars from the main conference will be holding workshops for the youth and several youth events are slated for prime time and the main stages. The usual cultural activities, mixers, speed-dating will be there of course. Listen to Mishka Mukherji, Bhavna Sengupta, Koushik Chatterjee, Ishaan Mukherji and Abhik Saha update you on the youth program.

Nababarsha 1418

Apr 15 - Poila Boisakh - Shubho 1418

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Shubho Nababarsha! BanglaPodcast wishes all its listeners a happy and prosperous 1418. Like every year, the 2011 Banga Sammelan podcast series makes its debut on this auspicious day. We receive greetings from Rama Saha - NABC2011 chairperson. Srikanto Acharya, Lopamudra and Kumar Shanu greet you as well. Then our host Piya takes you through a summary of the cultural spread planned for this year's Banga Sammelan with snippets of some lovely songs. The sounds would take you back to Bengal while the arrangements promise to bring Bengal to Baltimore.

NABC11 Podcast

Apr 10 - Promotional Episode

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