61st Annual General Meeting 2020
28 June, 2020
The 61st Annual General Meeting of Bengali Association Singapore will be held virtually at 10:30 a.m. Meeting agenda includes:
- Welcome Address
- Confirmation of Minutes of prior AGM, held on 20th April 2019.
- Presentation and Approval of Annual Report for 2019-20
- Presentation and Approval of Audited Financial Accounts for year ended 31 Dec 2019
- Appointment of Auditor for 2020
- Election of New Management Committee for 2020
- Points submitted by members before 25th June 2020
- Any Other Business
- Vote of Thanks
Iman Chakraborty Live In Singapore
8 February, 2020
BAS welcomed award winning artist Iman Chakraborty to her first live concert in Singapore, with “Team Togetherness” – a creative group of musicians whose music reflects the flavour of India, blending rural and traditional music. Iman primarily performs “Rabindra Sangeet,” folk songs and contemporary Bengali songs. “Team Togetherness” comprised Mr. Ayan Mukherjee on Keyboards; Lead Guitarist Mr. Dibbojyoti Mukherjee; Mr. Soham Mukherjee on the Bass Guitar; Mr. Sumit Guha on Rhythm and Percussion and Mr. Raktim Chakraborty on Drums and Octapad.
Saraswati Pujo 2020
29 January, 2020
SaraswatiPujo was celebrated at Royal Palm, The Central, where Mr Ranjan Chakraborty conducted the pujo. Members participated in ‘anjali’, ‘hate khori’, ‘bhog’ and enjoyed lunch.
29 September, 2019
An annual BAS tradition before Durga Pujo, marking the beginning of festivities where our members show off their cooking skills by preparing authentic, home-cooked Bengali and other Indian dishes. Members set up stalls selling classics like ‘phuchkas’, ‘chops’, ‘ghugni’, biriyani, sandesh and even ‘nolen gurer’ ice creams.
Panch Murthy & Abhisarika
17 August, 2019
Some of BAS’s best talents gathered at the NTUC Auditorium for a trip down the nostalgia lane. Our youngest members set the stage with a play crafted and directed by Mrs. Suchandra Guha, invoking the legend of Sukumar Ray’s beloved ‘Pagla Dashu,’ the schoolboy who refused to abide by rules and hated being reprimanded. That was followed by two Raindranath Tagore classics, Pujarini and Shapmochan, sewn together into a dance drama by Mrs. Srabonti Dutta.
11 May, 2019
‘Borsho Boron’ was an event to celebrate the Bengali New Year and it was held at the Matrix Auditorium in Biopolis. It featured two programs— ’Swapno,’ a dance recital centred around modern Bengali songs performed by live singers, and ‘Hey Krishna,’ which portrayed Lord Krishna in a gamut of perspectives.
4 May, 2019
The long-awaited play, ‘Norok Guljar’, based on noted Bengali playwright Manoj Mitra was directed by BAS member Indranil Banerjee. It was staged at the Singapore Repertory Theatre. The play is a satire on how corrupt feudal lords, businesspeople and pseudo ‘gurus’ make the everyday person’s life feel like a living hell on Earth.
60th Annual General Meeting and EOGM
20 April, 2019
The AGM agenda included the presentation and approval of the BAS annual report and audited accounts, the election of the new management committee, and appointment of auditor for the year. The EOGM agenda included changes to BAS constitution and the resolution on formation of a special committee to look for a permanent office for the organisation.
24 March, 2019
Holi is the Indian festival of colours. It was celebrated at Myra’s @ The Stadium, where members of all ages gathered for a celebration filled with colours, adda, some pulsating music from the in-house DJ and an appetising lunch.
Saraswati Pujo 2019
10 February, 2019
Saraswati Pujo was celebrated in the Grand Patros Ballroom at the Singapore Chinese Swimming Club. Members participated in ‘anjali’, ‘hate khori’, ‘bhog’ and enjoyed a lunch spread comprising ‘khichuri’, ‘beguni’, ‘paneer’ and ‘labra’.
Lakshmi Pujo 2018
24 October, 2018
Following age-old traditions and customs, we celebrated Lakshmi Pujo at the same venue as Durga Pujo. With the pujo, “anjali”, “bhog”, “prasad” and “dinner”, it was the culmination of festivities for the year.
Durga Pujo & Confluence 2018
15 October, 2018 – 19 October, 2018
Dugra Pujo was celebrated on the ground between Owen Road and Burmah Road. Celebrations were inaugurated by the High Commissioner of India in Singapore, His Excellency Jawed Ashraf. By far, one of Singapore’s biggest cultural celebrations, it was celebrated by both BAS members and non-members alike, inside an air-conditioned tent with around 15,000 people in attendance over the 5-day period.
Confluence 2018 was a BAS-hosted event that ran alongside Durga Pujo celebrations. It celebrated Singapore’s racial, cultural and religious diversity, featuring different communities coming together in an unique manner to showcase their cultures and traditions.
14 October, 2018
Anandamela was a food fair that demonstrated the culinary skills and talent of our members. It featured an evening where everyone got to enjoy the varied tastes of Bengal and relish the traditional delicacies. The event was held at the Grand Patros Ballroom at the Singapore Chinese Swimming Club.
6 October, 2018
Durga Pujo 2018 started with the Mahalaya celebration, which included the revered ritual of “Agomoni” songs of Ma Durga, portraying the triumph of good over evil. The programme was held at the Thendayuthapani Temple in Tank Road; it was a joint event held with BUSS.
Lakshmi Pujo 2017
5 October, 2017
Lakshmi Pujo was celebrated at the same venue as Durga Pujo, marking an end to the festivities for the year, with “anjali”, “prasad”, “bhog” and dinner.
Durga Pujo 2017 & Bijoya Sommeloni
26 September, 2017 – 30 September, 2017
Durga Pujo was held on the ground between Owen Road and Burmah Road. It was inaugurated by the High Commissioner of India in Singapore, His Excellency Jawed Ashraf. Festivities were inspired by the concept of “mile sur mera tumhara, to sur bane hamar,” highlighting cultural and racial harmony in Singapore and India alike. With its theme of cultural integration, the Pujo was attended by BAS members and non-members alike and there was a multitude of performances by our talented members as well as external groups.
24 September, 2017
Anandamela, BAS’ annual food fair held to mark the start of Durga Pujo festivities, was held at the Lee Foundation Hall at the Singapore Khalsa Association. The event was inaugurated by the Deputy High Commissioner of India in Singapore, His Excellency Ninad S Deshpande.
17 September, 2017
Durga Pujo celebrations began with Mahalaya, which included a song and dance performance depicting the triumph of good over evil. The programme was held at the Ramkrishna Mission, Singapore and was inaugurated by Maharaj Vimokhshanandaji.
27 August, 2017
Jugantor, directed under the guidance of Mr Sandeep Chatterjee, featured almost 100 BAS members from all age groups. It was a blend of art and culture, in the form of music, dance and drama depicting changes in the history of socio-cultural eras of Bengal. The event was held at the Khoo Auditorium.
Pujo Bazaar 2017
19 August, 2017
The Pujo Bazaar saw a variety of stalls set up, selling an eclectic mix of sarees, kurtis, kids collections, mehendi, paintings, jewellery and more. There was a free photo shoot that was a major draw among members.
22 July, 2017
Bong-O-Connection was an exclusive two-hour musical performance by eminent Bengali artist, Mr Rupankar Bagchi, and his team of musicians from Kolkata. BAS organised. Members had the chance to interact with Mr Bagchi through photo sessions and autograph signing.
22 April, 2017
The Noboborsho event was held at the Khoo Auditorium, with over 300 members and guests in attendance. Highlights of the evening was a musical, with 21 participants and seven musicians involved. Guests were also welcomed with hand-written greeting cards, designed by a BAS member artist.
58th Annual General Meeting
16 April, 2017
The 58th BAS Annual General Meeting began with a welcome address, followed by the presentation and approval of audited accounts and ended with the election of a new management committee.
12 March, 2017
Holi was celebrated at Myras @ The Stadium. The event was jointly hosted by the 2016 and 2017 BAS management committees, where members enjoyed food, music and played with colours.
Saraswati Pujo 2017
1 February, 2017
Saraswati Pujo marked the start of festivities for the new year as members gathered to offer their prayers at the Royal Palm Singapore.
Rajdarshan Natok 2016
24 September, 2016
Talented BAS members presented Manoj Mitra’s “Rajdarshan” play – a story about how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely – under the able direction of Indranil Banerjee.
Durga Pujo 2016
6 October, 2016 – 11 October, 2016
Durga Pujo celebrations took place over five days, attended by BAS members and non-members alike.
BAS 60 Bazaar
4 September, 2016
BAS Singapore organized BAS 60 Bazaar took that traditional space and made it an innovative shopping experience for all.
Ek Sundor Swarnali Sondhya 2016
27 August, 2016
BAS showcased two dance dramas this year: “Abhimani Radha” and “Aditya.” While the former depicted Radha’s pining for Krishna, the latter delved into the Greek mythology of the Sun and his son. In between those two presentations, we had the “struti natok” Bhusundir Maath to keep the audience entertained.
Chandrabindoo in Concert 2016
23 July, 2016
The second weekend of “Bongo Sonskriti Utsob” brought Chandrabindoo to our Little Red Dot. This was the first time the band played in Southeast Asia. They started the concert with their well-known numbers and slowly moved on to their new songs.
An enchanting musical evening with Aditi Dipan & Durnibar 2016
16 July, 2016
To kick off the “Bongo Sonskriti Utsob,” the three finalists of Zee Bangla SaReGaMaPa 2015 – Aditi Munshi, Dipan Mitra and Durnibar Saha – presented us with a melodious evening. Dipan mesmerized us with his rendition of old golden numbers. Aditi had us spellbound with her voice when she devoutly sang her “kirtons.” Durnibar took the stage last and blew us away into a fairyland with his music.
Borsho Boron 2016
1 May, 2016
BAS celebrated “Borshoboron” at the Khoo Auditorium, which kicked off with meet and greet over high tea, followed by the programme “Naari” – a thought-provoking portrayal of women through dance and music. Young BAS members put together a play, “Khirer Putul” by Abanindranath Tagore.
BAS Participates In Sangamam 2016
24 April, 2016
BAS Singapore was invited to take part in Bukit Batok Community Club Indian Activities Group’s Indian New Year celebrations. Called “Sangamam”, or “Congregation,” the theme of the event was to bring together the different ethnic groups from India, in line with the New Year celebrations. Our members and a guest artist put up a dance performance for the show.
BAS Participates In Indian Cultural Fiesta 2016
15 April, 2016
BAS participated in the Indian Cultural Fiesta 2016 organised by Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association (LISHA) at the Pedestrian Mall @ Campbell Lane to celebrate the Indian New Year. Members who represented the association performed a medley of dances to some popular Bengali songs.