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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।



Announcements



Anga Kala Academy Advert

  • February 3, 2023
  • BCS Web Committee

Sunny’s Ad

  • February 3, 2023
  • BCS Web Committee

Saraswati Puja 2023

  • January 14, 2023
  • BCS Web Committee

Bengali Cultural Society (BCS) Executive Committee is pleased to announce you that Saraswati Puja will be celebrated in-person on Feb 4th 2023 in the Bloomfield Hall, Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124). 

In order to make the event a success and help our planning, we encourage for membership renewal and the new membership by choosing any of the following options:

  • By visiting www.bcscle.org for 2023 subscriptions.
    • Membership Renewal/New Membership at the venue
    • Contact any of our EC committee member

    Please RSVP by January 29, 2022 if you want to attend the event in-person using the following link

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNrJUnhGJZIfgn_CPPtrdWF6LemORinkXovbcbqt7hxh0G_A/viewform?embedded=true

    Yours Sincerely, 2023 Executive Committee,
    Bengali Cultural Society
    Cleveland, OH


    From the President’s Desk

    • January 11, 2023
    • BCS Web Committee

    Hello Friends,

    On behalf of Bengali Cultural Society (BCS), Cleveland, the Executive Committee (EC) I would like to wish you A Very Happy New Year 2023. I will also take this opportunity to thank Ranjan Dutta & Team (BCS EC 2022) for their tireless efforts in creating and delivering exceptional program in the past year, and the BCS Golden Jubilee Committee for a worthy celebration through the theme – “Remember, Reconnect and Rejoice” . As we welcome another new year post COVID, we proceed with cautious optimism and hope to continue with the legacy of celebrating Bengali culture with our members in person.

    Please mark your calendars for our first event, Saraswati Puja to be held on Feb 4th, 2023 (Saturday) in the Bloomfield Hall, Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124). We are announcing a call for participation for kids for the following events:

    1. Sit And Draw Competition
    2. Individual Performance (Recitation, Dance and Singing etc.) (2-3 mins max)
    3. Kids Fashion Show 

    As per GBM held on 12.10.2022, there has been a revision of membership fees, the main categories are below:

    Full Membership – $300
    Full Membership (individual) -$180
    Basic Membership (Family) – $75
    Basic Membership (Individual) – $50

    Details of membership fee can be found on the membership & donations page.


    We request members to renew their 2023 subscriptions through our website www.bcscle.org. Renewing your membership at the start of the year helps us a lot to plan and execute the forthcoming events successfully. We appreciate your continuous support in this regard.

    We will circulate another email closer to Saraswati Puja with schedule details. Please feel free to reach out to any of our EC members for additional questions.

    Stay safe!
     

    Yours Sincerely,

    Amiya Ghosh

    President
    2023 Executive Committee
    Bengali Cultural Society
    Cleveland, OH


    Natya Mela & Bijoya Sammilani

    • January 10, 2023
    • BCS Web Committee

    This year, as part of the BCS jubilee celebration, we are preparing for a grand finale of our year-long sequence of celebratory events. This will be part of the BCS Biyoya Sammelani.

    On Saturday, November 5th, 2022, we will be hosting the first ever ‘Natya Mela’ (drama fest) in Cleveland featuring three captivating theatrical productions by three highly acclaimed drama groups from Washington DC, Chicago and Columbus, as well as our own production (the Bengali adaptation of a famous crime thriller).

    Partially funded by an ‘ArtStart’ grant from the Ohio Arts Council, this event will take place at the Berkman Hall Auditorium of the Cleveland State University (1899 E 22nd St., Cleveland, OH 44115) and will also include an informative panel discussion by eminent experts in the field of theatre from some leading educational institutions in northeast Ohio such as Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and the University of Akron.

    Registration is mandatory for attending Natya Mela & Bijoya Sammilani. All are requested to register using following link by Nov 31st, 2022 (Mon). One registration per family is required.


    Durga Puja – Golden Jubilee Year

    • September 1, 2022
    • BCS Web Committee

    Bengali Cultural Society (BCS) Executive Committee is pleased to announce that our Golden Jubilee Durga Puja will be celebrated in-person on Sep 30th (Fri), Oct 1st (Sat) and Oct 2nd (Sun) in the Bloomfield Hall, Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124). We hope all will join us in celebrating 50th year of BCS’ Durga Puja. Please mark your calendars accordingly. Details of the program will follow.

    Durga Puja 2022 attendees are encouraged to exercise social distancing, wash their hands regularly and wear masks. We expect fully vaccinated people to attend the Durga Puja. Any exceptions must be reported to BCS Executive Committee. 

    Registration is mandatory for attending Durga Puja. All are requested to register for Durga Puja using following link by Sep 10th, 2022 (Sat). One registration per family is required.


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    • April 11, 2022
    • BCS Web Committee

    Together we keep it flowing

    • April 2, 2022
    • BCS Web Committee

    Bengali Cultural Society (BCS) Executive Committee is pleased to extend a warm invitation to our inaugural cultural event of Golden Jubilee celebration titled “Together we keep it flowing”.


    The first event will be an in-person live performance reflecting a five-decade journey through dance, music & drama. The event will be held at Berkman Auditorium, CSU on April 16th, 2022 and attendance is free. Registration is mandatory. Please submit your registration by April 8th, 2022.


    Program details:
    Social hour and snacks: 5.00 PM
    Doors Open: 6.00 PM
    Program Starts: 6.30 PM
    Dinner: 9.00 PM


    Our second event (April 23-24) will be a virtual global extravaganza featuring multicultural, multigenerational programs including virtual get-togethers with celebrities, virtual concert LIVE from India, panel discussions on poetry, literature, drama, language, and food.


    Please click here for more information.


    Saraswati Puja 2022

    • January 24, 2022
    • BCS Web Committee

    Hello Friends,

    Bengali Cultural Society (BCS) Executive Committee is pleased to announce you that Saraswati Puja will be celebrated in-person on Feb 5th 2022 in the Bloomfield Hall, Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124). We hope all members will join us in celebrating 50th year of BCS.

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    Saraswati Puja

    • January 22, 2022
    • BCS Web Committee

    Bengali Cultural Society (BCS) Executive Committee is pleased to announce you that Saraswati Puja will be celebrated in-person on Feb 5th 2022 in the Bloomfield Hall, Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church (5312 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124). We hope all members will join us in celebrating 50th year of BCS.

    Please mark your calendars accordingly.

    Our decision was prompted by the encouraging data from Cuyahoga County COVID dashboard showing significant drop in the number of new infections with some of the projections indicating further drop in cases. However, members attending the Saraswati Puja 2022, are encouraged to exercise social distancing, wash their hands regularly and wear masks. Proof of vaccination is mandatory for attending this event. Any BCS office bearer, members of executive committee or volunteers will not be held responsible on any account of anyone contracting Covid-19. By agreeing to attend this this event, you’re acknowledging the risk of exposure to COVID-19 that exists in any public place. Please follow CDC guidelines and Ohio state guidelines during the event for your safety.

    The event is limited to BCS members only. We appreciate your continuous support and encourage you to renew your BCS membership ASAP.  Non-members who wish to attend Saraswati Puja can also take membership for the year 2022.

    Please RSVP by January 29, 2022 if you want to attend the event in-person.

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    From the President’s Desk

    • January 6, 2022
    • BCS Web Committee

    On behalf of the Executive Committee members of Bengali Cultural Society (BCS), Cleveland, I
    wish you all the best for 2022! Together with my fellow members, I feel honored to have been
    elected to represent BCS Executive committee for the year 2022. This year marks 50 years of
    BCS, only the fourth Bengali organization in North America to cross this historic milestone.
    Apart from the regular BCS events, 2022 BCS Executive Committee will also be working hand
    in hand with members of the Golden Jubilee Committee to commemorate this landmark
    occasion through special events that will help us to remember, reconnect and rejoice 50 years
    of BCS existence.

    For the past two years, the world around us has been changing rapidly due to COVID-19 and its
    variants. We would like to acknowledge and applaud the difficult task completed by 2020 as well
    as 2021 BCS Executive Committees to conduct BCS events following local, state or federal
    health mandates. We would like to assure all members that we would continue to adhere to
    these guidelines when arranging scheduled events as the health, wellness and safety of our
    community members and families will be our top concern.

    The current pandemic situation had made us to change our plan for our first event of the year –
    Saraswati Puja. We will soon be sharing our revised plan with the updated fee structure with our
    members. BCS is a member driven organization and we therefore would like to take this
    opportunity to appeal for your continued support through donations that has sustained and
    grown this organization for the past 50 years.

    As always, we thank you for your continued dedication and support towards our organization
    and look forward to serving you in the year of 2022.

    Ranjan Dutta

    President

    2022 Executive Committee



    Click here to download President’s message


    Christmas Party

    • November 9, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    [Members Only Event]

    As the year is nearing its end, so are our yearly events at BCS.

    The Executive Committee of 2021 will host the last event of the year, the Christmas Party, and it will be an in-person event!

    When: December 11, 2021, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Where: Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hall, 5312 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44124

    Please save the date and help us make it a successful affair by supporting it. We have some fun activities planned for children and adults along with a scrumptious dinner.


    General Body Meeting

    • November 9, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    [Members Only Event]

    After a successful Sharod Utsav, it’s time for us to host the second General Body Meeting of 2021. Once again, it’ll be a virtual affair and will be hosted on Zoom.
    Our humble request to all our members is to attend the GBM and make their voices heard – brickbats or praises, we’d like to hear from you either way.

    When: Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 6.30 PM. The meeting will end at 8:00 PM.
    Where: Zoom (Meeting link has been shared in email)

    Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns, or any issues you’d like us to address.


    Durga Puja 2021 – Reminder

    • October 15, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    [Members Only Event]

    Venue: Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hall, 5312 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, OH 44124

    The D-day is almost here, and we can keep calm no more! We’re super excited to see everyone tomorrow, many old faces with a dash of new ones. But in all this excitement, we don’t want to forget the nitty-gritty. 

    We, the BCS Executive Committee, have shared many communications with our members leading up to this day regarding the protocols that we have put in place this year. We understand, for many, these might have been a little overwhelming and confusing. But rest assured, we have adopted these policies being mindful of everyone’s health and safety. All our members are dear to us, and we want to take care of you in the best possible way, so our approach is in everyone’s best interest. 

    Puja Schedule

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    Durga Puja Announcement

    • October 10, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    Shubho Sharodiya, from the BCS Executive Committee.

    It’s after a long gap of two years that Bengali Cultural Society, Cleveland, OH will be able to celebrate Durga Puja in person again. All of us in the Executive Committee have been working very hard to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.

    Owing to the current pandemic situation, we’ve had to develop a protocol to be able to host a safe and successful event for all of our members. We’re extremely grateful to all our community members who have already registered online. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude.

    There seem to be a few member families who’ve expressed their desire to attend the Puja but have not registered yet. We request you to complete it at the earliest possible as only registered members will be permitted to enter the venue. Online registration is not available anymore. Therefore, please contact one of our EC members to complete your registration. The registration is a must not only for your safety and the others around you but also helps us get an exact headcount for the food boxes. The venue this year is small and there are capacity restrictions due to Covid-19. Your continued patience is appreciated, hopefully, things will be fully back to normal next year!

    We look forward to your continued support and cooperation, and most importantly, we look forward to seeing you!


    Registration for Durga & Laxmi Puja

    • September 28, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    (For internal Circulation Only)

    PLEase read carefully


    STEP 1 – UNDERSTAND REQUIREMENTS

    Hope you’re doing well and gearing up for the festive season ahead. We, BCS Executive Committee 2021, are excited to be hosting the annual Sharodiya Utsav in person this year after a gap of a year. Since the COVID-19 situation is still sensitive, Durga Puja and Lakshmi Puja will be a member-only event and we look forward to your full-hearted support and cooperation. 

    Members are required to carry the  proof of their vaccination (or share a Covid negative test result within last 48 hours ahead of the event). The mask mandate will be on for everyone’s safety.

    If you haven’t subscribed to BCS already for 2021, please do so by paying the membership fee as soon as possible. There’s limited number of membership available this year and we encourage our patrons to renew their membership in a timely manner so as to help us better plan the logistics for Sharodiya celebrations.

    There will be no in-venue cooking, hence, there will be no khichudi like other years. We’ll provide boxed meals from restaurants which will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

    Our complete Puja Package includes:

    • Durga Puja celebration (10/16 – 10/17)
    • Lakshmi Puja celebration (10/23)
    • 4 meals (10/16 Lunch – Veg, 10/16 Dinner – Veg/Non-Veg, 10/17 Lunch – Veg/Non-Veg, 10/23 Dinner – Veg)
    • 2 Virtual live concerts by well known and sought after faces of the Bengali film and music industry – Iman and Anwesha – 10/16 & 10/23

    STEP 2 – REVIEW PUJA SCHEDULES

    The schedule for the Durga and Laxmi Puja celebration is as follows:

    Venue: Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hall, 5312 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, OH 44124

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    Durga & Laxmi Puja 2021

    • September 14, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    [Members Only Event]

    We’re aware that the community has been waiting with baited breathe to know about the Sharodiya celebrations plans. We, the Executive Committee members, have been working hard to put the concrete plans together and now we are ready to share it with you. We appreciate your patience.


    Please click on the following link to view the detailed information. It also includes the link for registration, we request you to go through the specifics and get back to us with any questions.



    Registration for Durga & Laxmi Puja

    • September 13, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    PLEase read carefully


    STEP 1 – UNDERSTAND REQUIREMENTS

    Hope you’re doing well and gearing up for the festive season ahead. We, BCS Executive Committee 2021, are excited to be hosting the annual Sharodiya Utsav in person this year after a gap of a year. Since the COVID-19 situation is still sensitive, Durga Puja and Lakshmi Puja will be a member-only event and we look forward to your full-hearted support and cooperation. 

    Members are required to carry the  proof of their vaccination (or share a Covid negative test result within last 48 hours ahead of the event). The mask mandate will be on for everyone’s safety.

    If you haven’t subscribed to BCS already for 2021, please do so by paying the membership fee as soon as possible. There’s limited number of membership available this year and we encourage our patrons to renew their membership in a timely manner so as to help us better plan the logistics for Sharodiya celebrations.

    There will be no in-venue cooking, hence, there will be no khichudi like other years. We’ll provide boxed meals from restaurants which will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

    Our complete Puja Package includes:

    • Durga Puja celebration (10/16 – 10/17)
    • Lakshmi Puja celebration (10/23)
    • 4 meals (10/16 Lunch – Veg, 10/16 Dinner – Veg/Non-Veg, 10/17 Lunch – Veg/Non-Veg, 10/23 Dinner – Veg)
    • 2 Virtual live concerts by well known and sought after faces of the Bengali film and music industry – Iman and Anwesha – 10/16 & 10/23

    STEP 2 – REVIEW PUJA SCHEDULES

    The schedule for the Durga and Laxmi Puja celebration is as follows:

    Venue: Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hall, 5312 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, OH 44124

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    Durga Puja 2021

    • September 12, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee


    Baisakhi Update

    • June 8, 2021
    • BCS Web Committee

    This is to provide an update on Baishakhi Sandhya as stated in our earlier communication. It is clear that we are still reeling from the conditions ravaging India and the grave losses that each of us have experienced. In view of this, we have had to take the unfortunate decision to cancel Baishakhi Sandhya and its ancillary programs this year.

    Nevertheless, on behalf of BCS, we extend a grateful Thank You to everyone who have sent in their videos for Baishakhi Sandhya. 

    All submitted videos will be published on YouTube on a later date in the month of July 2021. We hope this short collation will provide you with at least some enjoyment and respite in the midst of these times.

    The NEW FINAL DATE for video submissions is now 13th June, 2021. If you have not been able to send your performance video, please submit it to Gargi (nathgargi5@gmail.com) or Jayatu (jayikma@gmail.com) by 13th June , 2021. Please note we will not be able to accept any videos past this pushed back final date.

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    Our Mission

    • December 27, 2020
    • BCS Web Committee

    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।



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    • September 22, 2020
    • BCS Web Committee


    • April 18, 2020
    • BCS Web Committee

    COVID-19 DONATIONS

    BCS CLE is accepting donations to support the fight against COVID-19. 100% of all funds we raise will be distributed between the two organizations:

    • Greater Cleveland Area Food Bank
    • University Hospital COVID-19 Relief Fund


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    • March 7, 2020
    • BCS Web Committee

    • March 7, 2020
    • BCS Web Committee

    Old BCS website



    Hello world!

    • January 29, 2020
    • BCS Web Committee

    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!


    BCS CLE Presents Mahalaya Podcast 2018

    • October 8, 2018
    • BCS Web Committee

    • February 9, 2018
    • BCS Web Committee

    Patronage

    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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    BCS বাংলা নববর্ষ ১৪২৪

    • April 13, 2017
    • BCS Web Committee

    2012 Rabindra Nazrul Jayanti Podcast

    • June 17, 2012
    • BCS Web Committee

    2011 May 8th Kabi Pranam

    • May 8, 2011
    • BCS Web Committee

    2011 April 14 Poila Boishakh Podcast

    • April 14, 2011
    • BCS Web Committee

    Patronage

    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!

    PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!



    BCS Mailing Address:

    Bengali Cultural Society, Cleveland
    32624 N Roundhead Dr, Solon OH 44139