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Our Mission

The mission of the association shall be the promotion of Bengali culture and literature in the United States and to promote friendship and cultural exchange with other organizations and groups, American and foreign, in the United States. The association will be a meeting ground of Bengalees and their friends in Northeastern Ohio and will provide opportunity for the families and friends of Bengalees in Northeastern Ohio to learn Bengali language, culture, and traditions. The association shall be a non-profit organization and will exist as an incorporated association of its members. The association shall be non-commercial, non-sectarian, and non-partisan. The name of the association or the name of any member in office shall not be used in any partisan interest if not related to the objectives of the association.

এই সংস্থা যে পথ অনুসরণ করে চলবে, তার লক্ষ্য হবে বাঙালি সংস্কৃতি ও বাংলা সাহিত্য যাতে মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে পরিচিতি ও সেইসঙ্গে আরো উৎকর্ষতা লাভ করে, তার জন্যে সচেষ্ট হওয়া; তাছাড়া সংস্থা তৎপর হবে মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে, মার্কিনি তথা অ-মার্কিনি সংস্থাগুলির সঙ্গে উত্তরোত্তর দৃঢ়তর মৈত্রী সম্পর্কে আবদ্ধ হয়ে তাদের সঙ্গে সংস্কৃতিক যোগাযোগ রক্ষা করে চলতে। সংস্থা চায় উত্তরপূর্ব ওহাইও অঞ্চলে বসবাসকারী বঙ্গভাষাভাষীদের ও তাদের বন্ধুবান্ধবদের মিলনকেন্দ্র হয়ে উঠতে; সুযোগ সৃষ্টি করতে, যাতে এই অঞ্চলের বঙ্গভাষাভাষীরা সপরিবারে ও সবান্ধবে বাংলা ভাষা চর্চা করতে পারেন, বাঙালি সংস্কৃতি ও তার ঐতিহাসিক ধারাটির সঙ্গে পরিচিত হতে পারেন। সংস্থা তার কোনো কাজেই মুনাফা অন্বেষণ না করে সদস্যদের মিলন-সংঘ রূপে বিরাজ করবে। সংস্থা কখনো কোনো প্রকার ব্যবসায় লিপ্ত হবে না, কোনো বিশেষ সম্প্রদায় বা দলের অনুগত হবেন না। সংস্থার অনুসৃত পথের বিরোধী কোনও প্রকার দলগত স্বার্থে সংস্থা অথবা তার কর্মনির্বাহী সদস্যের নাম ব্যবহার করা চলবে না।



  • MAR 28. 2019
  • Cultural Secretaries

With great pleasure we take the opportunity to announce a highly coveted dance workshop being organized by BCS on behalf of, dance exponent and guru, Sanjib Bhattacharya.

Aptly titled, Nirmiti, it is a unique training based on the rare combination of Manipuri, Contemporary and Martial Arts dance techniques. Perhaps for the first time Cleveland will witness such an exclusive experience that will provide a great opportunity for dance enthusiasts to learn some extraordinary techniques from the master himself.

Sanjib Bhattacharya will choreograph a piece with the participants and present the same at Baishakhi Sandhya, which in itself is a great feat other than getting to learn from a highly accomplished artist.

The 10 hour intensive workshop is priced at $125 per person and will be held from April 25 - 28 at Cleveland Heights Church, 12412 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106. Interested participants need to have a basic background in dance to make the most of the workshop.

For the uninitiated, Sanjib Bhattacharya is a two-time President awardee, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in 2006 and Smt. Pratibha Patil in 2011. Words fall short while describing this talented composer who has created a name for himself not only in India but also globally. Having performed in different international festivals and collaborated with other well-known artists, around the world, Sanjibda has carved a niche for himself. He has trained under the likes of Guru Bipin Singh, Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri, Kalavati Devi, Manjushree Chaki Sircar and Mamata Shankar and has shared the stage with big names like Padmavibhushan Sonal Mansingh, Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri, Padmashri Ranjana Gauhar, Sadanam Balakrishnan and other eminent gurus

Apart from performances worldwide, Sanjib Bhattacharya also enjoys teaching and runs several dance academies in India and abroad. In addition, he also hosts dance workshops and demonstrations that are very popular and well attended.

Please get in touch with any of our Cultural Secretaries to enroll for this much sought after dance camp before the seats fill out.

Meet and Greet - Somen Debnath

  • MAR 14. 2019
  • Executive Committee

The Bengali Cultural Society of Cleveland (BCS) would like to extend an invite to its event, Meet and Greet with Somen Debnath, between 6.30 PM - 9.30 PM, Friday, April 12, at Cleveland Heights Church (former ICC Building), 12412 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106.

The event’s mission is to raise funds for Somen, a fellow Indian from Kolkata, who’s on a World Tour on his bicycle, to spread HIV/AIDS awareness among the underprivileged people who have the lowest level of awareness about this deadly disease. In his quest, the daredevil globetrotter, is also conveying the message of peace and humanity, as well as promoting Indian culture worldwide.

Somen believes in humanity and Swami Vivekananda’s message and treats everyone as equals. The love and respect he shows others fortunately is almost always reciprocated. Each time he ran into a predicament - whether it was a stolen bicycle or lack of a place to sleep or food to eat - the locals came to his aid. The backing for his world tour has been mostly provided by patrons that he met on his way. Now that he’s stopping through Cleveland, let’s show him some Northeast Ohio love!

We encourage you to make generous contributions towards Somen’s noble feat. Donations small or large can be made out via check to The Bengali Cultural Society of Cleveland and all proceeds will be donated to Somen’s charity. We won’t let you go back empty handed of course! Along with providing snacks and refreshments, get to hear Somen’s ‘captivating’ stories from faraway lands he visited. We say that because he was literally captured by Talibans in Afghanistan with the cost of his freedom being chicken curry!!!

Don’t believe us? Then come and meet Somen on April 12 and hear him share his intriguing stories of Afghanistan and other enchanted lands!

Somen has been covered by leading publishing houses across the globe. To know more about him and his exploits, you can refer to the following links: | | |

Baishakhi Sandhya

  • MAR 04. 2019
  • Cultural Secretaries

The Bengali Cultural Society, Cleveland, invites you to BCS Baishakhi Sandhya on the evening of Saturday, May 18, 2019 to be held at Berkman Hall Auditorium, Cleveland State University, 1899 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44115.

This is one of our signature events celebrating the rich Bengali cultural heritage that includes paying homage to the two literary giants of Bengal - Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam, apart from celebrating the Bangla Nobobarsho.

Local artists honor the vision for equality, dignity and social justice of the two composers through their creations in the form of poetry, music and dance. Woven into this highly creative evening are the lively beats of adhunik and folk music, and delightfully choreographed dance sequences that transport the audience into a different cosmos.

We look forward to seeing you all at the event.

Saraswati Puja

  • JAN 21. 2019
  • Cultural Secretaries

Bengali Cultural Society (BCS) will celebrate Saraswati Puja on February 16, 2019 at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, 1900 Carlton Road, Parma, OH 44134.

We look forward to your presence and active participation in our first event, Saraswati Puja of the year 2019.

We wanted to reach out to all parents and would like to know if their kids would be interested to participate in the cultural program which will include solo performances - singing, dancing, recitation etc. We also plan to organize kids’ sit and draw competition.

Please submit all names to our Cultural Secretaries by 31st January 2019

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Greeting from Executive Committee

  • JAN 02. 2019
  • Mitali Das Singh, President

The newly elected BCS Executive Committee of the year 2019 wishes everyone a joyous and prosperous New Year. We are looking forward to working with you to make it a success. We are very thankful to the outgoing Executive Committee for an overall outstanding accomplishment.

Saraswati Puja, the first event of the year, will be celebrated on Saturday, February 16 th , 2019 at the Cathedral of the St. John, the Baptist, located at 1900 Carlton Rd., Parma, OH 44134. Continuing our long tradition, the children’s performance will be the main attraction of the cultural program on this day.

We hope to present an entertaining cultural program comprising of: Morning Program- Sit and Draw (for children under the age of 12), Evening Programs Solo- and Group performance- Music, Dance, Recitation, Short Drama, etc. (no age limit).

In order to participate in the program (other than the children’s drama for which an email was already sent on 16 th December,2018), the parents can contact our Cultural Secretaries Soumyajit Paul or Rupak Deb before Jan 10 th , 2019. Thank you in advance for your kind interest in the program. Detailed information on Saraswati Puja celebration will be emailed to all in due course of time. We look forward to having your active participation and would like to invite your ideas and support in all upcoming BCS events.

We also request the existing members and any one who would like to become a member to pay the membership fees on February 16 th, 2019 at the registration desk or online in the Membership page of BCS website.

Thank You

  • DEC 31, 2018
  • Soumitra K. Ghosh, President (2018 EC)

Thank you for allowing me to serve this community throughout this year. I am very grateful for the continued support and helpfulness from all, especially from the other exceptionally talented and dedicated members of the committee and their spouses who have put in so many hours of work together. Every success that we had is a testament to their hard work. You all are so wonderful. I am wishing best of luck to the new set of faces who shall take on the leadership roles in the coming year; may they receive the same warmth and support from all of you, so that they may succeed in all of their endeavors. I am excited to see what new perspectives can do to continue to improve upon and grow our future events and experiences. Lastly, I would like to extend my best wishes and prayers to all of you for a wonderful new year 2019.


We seek your continued patronage and support. We request all to pay their contribution for annual patronage online or on the day of the Saraswati Puja and take advantage of our special package rate for various events.

For additional donations please click the button below. Donations to Bengali Cultural Society, Cleveland are tax exempt under code 501(c) 3. Any and all donations are welcome and highly appreciated. Thank you!

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