Society News



BSPC Held its Annual General Meeting

7 February 2011

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BSPC was held on last Sunday 6 February 2011 at Marayong Community Centre with overwhelming attendance and active participation ofthe members. The pre-scheduled AGM was a big success.


The outgoing Executive Committee extended its thanks and gratitude to all members.


In the AGM a new Executive Committee for the period of 2010-11 has been elected as below.


AGM Photo Gallery

President Mr Nirmal Chowdhury
Vice President Mr Utpal Shaha
General Secretary Mr Nirmalya Talukder
Assistant General Secretary Mr Surajit Roy
Treasurer Mr Nikhil Paul
Cultural Secretary Miss Tulip Das
Public Relation Secretary Mr Nirmal Chakraborty
Member Dr Santosh Roy
Member Dr Swapan Paul
Member Mr Sandip Guha
Member Vacant





BSPC Celebrated The Independence Day and Annual Sports Day 2009

30 March 2009

Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Inc (BSPC) celebrated the Independence Day and Annual Sports Day as scheduled on Sunday 29th of March 2009 at the base of International Mother Language Day Monument at Ashfield Park, Ashfield. The day-long program started with the hoisting of the Bangladeshi and Australian National Flags by our Chief Guest 'Bhasa Soinik' Mr. Rakib-Ud-Dowla and the President of the BSPC Mr. Nirmal Paul respectively. The ex-Dean of the Bangladesh Agricultural University Prof Somen Dewan was also present as the Special Guest.


During his valuable inauguration speech, the Chief Guest of the Day 'Bhasa Soinik' Mr Rakib-Ud-Dowla recited a self-written encouraging poem (attached below) for our Children. The Special Guest Prof Somen Dewan highlighted the value of Independence Day and appreciated BSPC for celebrating the Day with the similar fashion in Homeland.


On the occasion all members of the BSPC remembered the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 and the celebration was to share the values of our independence with our next generation living in Australia alongside the wider Australian communities.


Following the Independence Day celebration different attractive and enjoyable innovative sport events were organized for kids and adults such as racing, romantic letter, musical pillow, and cricket competitions etc. Before the conclusion of the day a prize distribution ceremony was held. It was conducted by the General Secretary Mr. Nirmalya Talukder while the certificates and the medals were presented to the winners by the Vice President Mr. Nirmal Chowdhury and the President Mr. Nirmal Paul respectively.


The Executive Committee of BSPC has extended its sincerely thanks to all its members, well-wishers and guests for attending this exciting Independence and Annual Sports Day Celebration and for making the day a great success.


Click here to see the Photo Gallery for the Independence and Sports Day


Click here to download relevant BSPC media release





Special General Meeting Held

22 December 2008

A Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc. (BSPC) was held on 20th December 2008 at Granville Town Hall, 10 Carlton Street, Granville.


The SGM strongly appreciated the strategies, steps and initiatives taken by the Interim Executive Committee to reestablish the mutual respect and friendliness to uphold the societal integrity. The members confirmed the decisions taken at the SGM held on the 20th September 2008. As the dispute rose to Community Justice Centre by some of our members has not yet been resolved, the honourable members decided to extend the tenure of the present Interim EC up to 21st February 2009. Two more members have also been included in the Interim Executive Committee to strengthen the activities of the society. As per decision of SGM, the Interim EC will carry out an early Annual General Meeting on the 22nd February 2009 for reporting their activities and forming a new EC as well.


The current interim executive committee members are as follows:


President .............................. Mr Nirmal Paul  
Vice President ....................... Mr Nirmal Chowdhury 
General Secretary .................. Mr Paramesh Bhattacharya 
Assistant General Secretary ..... Mr Nirmalya Talukder 
Treasurer ............................. Dr Ashutosh Barai
Cultural Secretary .................. Mr Dhruba Bhowmik 
Public Relation Secretary ..........Mr Ashoke Roy 
Member 	.............................. Dr Sudhir Lodh 	
Member 	.............................. Mrs Ratna Hort 	
Member 	.............................. Mr Mrinalendu Shekhar Dey 	
Member 	.............................. Mr Utpla Saha	




Special General Meeting Held

22 September 2008

A Special General meeting of the Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc. (BSPC) was held on 20th September 2008 at Polish Club, 73 Norton Street, Ashfield. The members of the society present at the said meeting dissolved the executive committee for 2008-09 and formed an interim executive committee to carry out the usual BSPC activities until formation of a new executive committee of the BSPC by election at a General Meeting.


The interim executive committee members are as follows:


Acting President .............................. Mr Nirmal Paul  
Acting Vice President ....................... Mr Nirmal Chowdhury 
Acting General Secretary .................. Mr Paramesh Bhattacharya 
Acting Assistant General Secretary ..... Mr Nirmalya Talukder 
Acting Treasurer ............................. Dr Ashutosh Barai
Acting Cultural Secretary .................. Mr Dhruba Bhowmik 
Acting Public Relation Secretary ........Mr Ashoke Roy 
Member 	...................................... Dr Sudhir Lodh 	
Member 	...................................... Mrs Ratna Hort 	


The BSPC Media Release can be viewed here.




Annual General Meeting 2008

01 June 2008

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Scociety for Puja & Culture Inc. for 2008 will be held on 22 June 2008 at Granville Town Hall, Granville, Sydney. The notification of the AGM has already been sent out to all members.


The election of the new Executive Committee of BSPC for 2008-09 will also take place after the AGM. Mr Subal Chowdhury has been appointed as the Election Commissioner for the this purpose.


All financial members of the Society are requested to take part in the AGM. Interested members are also encouraged to volunteer for various positions in the incoming Executive Committee.




Special Events on 3 May 2008

07 April 2008

Public Speaking & Debate Competition:


Time:    3:30 PM
Venue:   Polish Club, Ashfield (parking via 71-73 Norton St)


Rabindra-Nazrul-Sukanta Jayanti:


Time:    5:00 PM
Venue:   Polish Club, Ashfield (parking via 71-73 Norton St)


Youth Drama - "Passageways of Sububrbia":


Time:    7:00 PM
Venue:   Polish Club, Ashfield (parking via 71-73 Norton St)
Entry:    $10 per Adults, Children Free


Youth Dramao




Saraswati Puja 2008

15 February 2008

The BSPC celebrated the Saraswati Puja for 2008 on 10 February 2008 at Graville Townhall, Granville, Sydney.


On that day, in addition to performing the religious worship, there were cultural peformances presented by the youngsters of the society.


The following was the program of the day:


Puja      09:30 am
Kidz Painting      10:30 am
Haate Khori      12:00 pm
Anjoli      12:30 pm
Prosadam & Lunch      01:30 pm
Puja Talk      02:30 pm
Puja Quiz      03:30 pm
Dhup Arati      04:30 pm
Cultural Program      06:00 pm
Raffle Draw      08:00 pm
Arati Nritya      09:00 pm
Closing      09:30 pm




The Society Celebrated Australia Day 2008

26 January 2008

The Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc has joined the mainstream Australian society in celebrating the Australia Day 2008. Although its members have been celebrating Australia Day as individuals, as an organisation the Society has for the first time formally celebrated the Australia Day.


s a calendar event included in the Annual Events Calendar, the Day was celebrated by the Society in Parramatta Park. From 12:00pm member-families started gathering at the Park and joined the BBQ lunch. After lunch both Australian and Bangladesh national anthems were played by the members present. This was followed by a brief discussion on the significance of the Day. A good number of youngsters participated in the talk and highly appreciated the Society’s initiative for celebrating the Day. Also participated in the talk were Dr Sudhir Lodh, Mrs Ratna Hort, Dr Santosh Roy, Dr Amal Chakraborty, Mr Nirmal Chakraborty and Dr Narayan Das.


T-shirts were presented to those youngsters who participated in the talk.


The function was conducted by the General Secretary Mr Sushovan Das and presided by the President Dr Swapan Paul.


The members present at the event really enjoyed the Day and relaxed in the Park up to 6:00pm. After this most members joined the Australia Day functions organised by Parramatta City Council, which ended with a spectacular fire-works display.


The Society considers this as a humble beginning towards celebrating more national days so that it helps strengtheing ties with the mainstream Australian society and inspires greater contribution to this great nation.


Australia Day photo




An Appeal to Help Bangladeshi Cyclone Victims

20 November 2007

Cyclone Sidr battered Bangladesh on 15 November at 6.45 p.m. local time, taking an yet unknown number of lives in its path. People of coastal areas of Bangladesh, mostly in Khulna and Barisal districts are living under open-sky without food and shelter. Our government and other national and international organization are trying hard to mitigate the sufferings of the affected people and bury the dead to contain spread of dieseases.


Being of Bangladeshi origin we also have responsibility to be part of this relief work. In this situation Bangladesh Society for Puja and Culture Inc. would like to work together with Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee (BRDC) .


I do hope that our members and community would come forward in aid of these unfortunate digester victim people. So my appeal to our members to donate generously through BADRC. Contact details and accoutn details of BADRC are given bellow:


Personal Contact: Mr. Abdul Halim Chowdhury, President, BADRC, Phone: 02 9899 9945
Account Name: Bangladesh Australia Disaster Relief Committee Sydney
Account (Passbook): BSB:762-028 Number: 5009269
Bank: Commonwealth Bank, Town Hall, Sydney
Email: badrc1998@gmail.com>


Kind Regards,


Sushovan Das General Secretary, BSPC




Dipayan is no longer with us

29 October 2007

We inform you with great sadness and sorrow that our love, affection, good wishes and blessings could not lastly save beloved Dipayan. On 29 October 2007 morning at 4:55am he had his last breath on his mum's lap at the Prince of Wales Hospital. His friend and relative Mr Bidhan Chakraborty, who selflessly stood beside Dipayan since his illness, was present at his bed-side as well at the time. Dipayan had been battling with cancer since May 2007 and his condition suddenly deteriorated in last week. Dipayan was released from the hospital in the week before 19 August 2007 and was under close observations. But realising the severe conditions, he was re-admitted to the Hospital and had his last breath there.


On 30 October 2007 at 2:45pm his body will be brought to the Rockwood Crematorium for cremation. For us to say the final goodbye, following Hindu rituals, please be sharp on time and at the following address:


West Chapel
Rockwood Crematorium
Memorial Dr (best via Weeroona Rd, off Centenary Dr)
ROCKWOOD NSW 2141


Harinam Sankirtan will run continuously, as will be final words from those who were close to Dipayan. Finally, a Purohit will complete the last rituals.


On 27 & 28 October 2007 a number of the Executive Committee members, Board members of the CPCL Board and the members of the community at large went to the Hospital to give him a final visit.


Following talks with Dipayan’s mother and his local guardian Mr Bidhan Chakraborty, pre-arrangements were made for any eventualities.


With Diapayan’s personal friends and relatives, we all are sad and sorry. The Executive Committee shares its sadness with you all and prays to God for Dipayan's eternal peace, as well as give strengths to his mother to bear this untimely loss.



Thank you for Donations


You might be aware that on 19 August 2007 the Executive Committee of the Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc handed over a cheque for $4,290.00 and cash $65.00 to Dipayan Choudhury. The amount was collected by many volunteers who thankfully responded to the Society’s request. During this time, Dipayan’s mother was present beside him with a few members of the Executive Committee and the community. More money was handed over in recent days.


The Society is grateful to all those members of the Society and the community at large including many non-Bangladeshi kind-hearted individuals for their generous support. The Society can only say ‘Thank you’ to all.




Durga Puja Festival 2007 Celebrated Over Two Days

22 October 2007

The Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc. (BSPC) has celebrated Durga Puja over two days. On last Friday (19 October) and Saturday (20 October) the Society celebrated the Festival at the Granville Town Hall. In the past the celebration used to run over one day only because this event hardly matched with Tithi.


On Friday evening, a huge number of devotees attended the Astomi Puja. Since the Puja coincided with the ‘Tithi’, there was a great sense of Bhakti and auspiciousness in the minds of the devotees. Mrs Ratan Hort coordinated the organizing of the materials for worship and Puja. Dinner was served afterwards.


On Saturday, the Puja started at 8:30 am. Puja was performed by a Purohit Sri Kamal Chakraborty, who came from Bangladesh. Kids Painting/Drawing started at 12:00. Anjali was offered three times, followed by Prosadom and lunch. Lunch was cooked by Dr Sudhir Lodh, Mr Sajal Das and Mr Sadip Guha and coordinated by Dr Narayan Das and Mr Litu Podder.


After the lunch, the Puja Talk was held. In this session Dr Sudhir Lodh (CPCL Director) gave a brief speech. The VIP guests of the day Hon Julie Owens MP, Federal Member for Parramatta; Hon David Borger MP, Local Member for Granville and Clr Julia Finn representing the Lord Mayor of Parramatta also gave short speeches.


Following this event was the Puja Quiz. A very popular event scholarly coordinated and presented by Dr Vincent Gomes.


After this was the mass participated event, Dhoop Aarati. This year, one additional component was the Aarati with the rhythm of a real Dhaak and played by many devotees. Aarati was coordinated by Mr Swapan Saha Roy.


Afternoon Tea was served with Sweets and Payesh. Dr Ashutosh Barai coordinated this with the contribution from many families. This was followed by the Kids cultural program Ha-Za-Ba-Ra-La. It was an excellent demonstration of continuous improvements in Kids’ performance. Tabla was played by Mr Debashish Dutta.


The next item was a well-presented Giti Alekhya, ‘Mahisashur Bodh’. Written and Directed by Mr Nirmal Chakraborty, this was a master piece and demonstration of our new generation kids performing extremely well. Dr Amal Chakraborty, the Cultural Secretary, coordinated this with assistance from Mr Nirmal Chowdhury, Mr Nirmal Paul, Mr Pradip Saha, Mrs Mekhla Chakraborty, Mr Sukhdev Saha and many others tirelessly helped the program.


Raffle Draw was the final item. This program was coordinated by Dr Ratan Lal Kundu. Barrister Nirmalya Talukder from Royal City Solicitors, Barrister Sirajul Haque from M S Haque & Associates , Mr Pankaj Rajbonshi from Astha Home Loans and Mr Lutfur Rahman Shaon from Shadesh Barta were the sponsors. Many kids assisted in the ticket sales.


In the end, a simple dinner was served and everybody enjoyed the dinner.


As usual, BSPC’s newsletter Nibedan was published with extended features and was published by Dr Bikash Ghosh.


Another special feature of the event was the appearance of the BTV Magazine presenter famous Hanif Sanket at the Puja Mandap. Accompanied with him were Andrew Kishore, Nati and Nakul Biswas.


Most importantly, this year there was a great deal of interest in the devotees to talk about the CPCL’s initiative on the establishment of Centre for Puja & Culture.


Above all, there was a spontaneous volunteering and help from members and devotees in the oraganising and running of the Festival. The Vice President Dr Santos Roy, General Secretary Mr Sushovan Das and President Dr Swapan Paul thanked everybody for their generous help and support.



Durga Pratima

Photo Gallery for Durga Puja 07 (to be added later)


Planning Day - 2007 Held: BSPC Renewing Its Roadmap

10 September 2007

The Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc has successfully held its Planning Day- 2007 on 8 September 2007 at the Haberfield Community Centre with renewed hopes, targets and plans. ‘BSPC 2020 - Towards a Roadmap’ was the caption of the Day, with an aim for setting future objectives, goals, strategies and actions up to the year 2020. Most remarkable aspects of the Day were the deep interest and enthusiasm, positive and constructive attitude and spontaneous participation.


After lunch, members gathered at professionally organised planning sessions. The sessions were conducted by the General Secretary Mr Sushovan Das and presided by the President Dr Swapan Paul.


The Day’s planning activities were divided into three sessions. In the first session pre-selected members gave brief presentations. At this stage Dr Sudhir Lodh provided an overview of the Society’s past accomplishments and expressed his high expectations from the subsequent sessions. After his talk, the following brief presentations were given on respective subject areas of the Society’s current and future possible engagement:


  • Culture & Values [Dr Amal Chakraborty]
  • Members’ Welfare [Dr Santos Roy]
  • Volunteerism- Motivation [Dr Ratan Lal Kundu]
  • Smarter Society [Dr Debashish Mazumder]
  • Partnership & Recognition [Dr Narayan Das]
  • Leadership & Governance [Mr Sushovan Das]


The members highlighted six major themes in the form of questions raised in a constructive manner but were designed to help guiding the subsequent sessions.


In the second session, members were divided in to six groups for consultations; each group was assigned one of the above six areas to brainstorm future goals, strategy and activities. Members considered short-, medium- and long-term future of the Society with 2020 as the initial limit. These groups were facilitated by the above speakers.


At the final session those six group facilitators and/or group leaders presented their group propositions and those were discussed. The Day’s proceedings were recorded, notes taken and/or captured electronically.


In the end, members agreed to further this process with next stage of consultations and endorsement from general members in the future.


The Society considers this as a humble beginning towards drawing a Roadmap and setting Milestones so that the Society can be progressively established on firmer foundations at the same time delivering and serving the community in an exemplary manner.




Planning Day 2007

01 September 2007

Dear Members,

Namaskar !

The Executive Committee is seeking your active participation in formulating the Society’s Strategic Plan so that its activities can be undertaken in a more systematic and efficient manner. On the 8 September 2007 please have your say in deciding the future course of running and shaping the Society- the way you want it.


The planning session will take place at Haberfield Community Centre, 78-80 Dalhousie St, Haberfield, from 1:00pm with lunch and finish at 7:00pm, with a short break. Below is the preliminary program.


Preliminary Program:
 1:00 pm Lunch
 2:00 pm Opening
 2:15 pm Recollections of Past Accomplishments
 2:45 pm Generational Thoughts and Dream
 3:30 pm Tea Break
 4:00 pm BSPC Current and Future Strategic Plans
 4:30 pm Group Consultations
 5:30 pm Plenary Session
 7:00 pm Closing


We look forward to seeing you then.


Kind Regards


Dr. Swapan Paul, President and Mr Sushovan Das, General Secretary


Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc.



Dipayan Contributions - Media Release

19 August 2007

This afternoon the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc handed over a cheque for $4,290.00 and cash $65.00 to Dipayan Choudhury, a Bangladeshi student in Sydney battling with Cancer. The amount was collected by many volunteers who thankfully responded to the Society’s request. During this time, Dipayan’s mother was present beside him with a few members of the Executive Committee and the community.


The Society is grateful to all those members of the Society and the community at large including many non-Bangladeshi kind-hearted individuals for their generous support. The Society can only say ‘Thank you’ to all.


Last week Dipayan was released from hospital for a few weeks and has been under close observations.


The Society will continue this campaign for this humanitarian cause. Please visit our website (www.bspc.org.au) for updates and contact prs_bspc@yahoo.com.au or any member to make your contributions.


The Executive Committee
Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc.

Photo: During Contributions Handover,
Dipayan with his mother and a few members of the Executive Committee & community

Photo


Save Dipayon's Life!

14 July 2007

Dear Member,


Namaskar! The Executive Committee of Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc is requesting you to extend your hands of cooperation and support for the cancer-battling Bangladeshi student, Dipayon Choudhury.


Dipayon has a misfortune! He came to study in Sydney but one year later he lost his father. Recently, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and is under extensive treatment at the Royal Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. His mother is coming from Bangladesh to Sydney to give him moral support.


Although Dipayon has private medical insurance the policy only covers limited items, thus leaving him with a large ‘gap’ amount to pay. A couple of individuals and institutions have come forward to assist him but still he needs considerable additional financial support.


On this humanitarian ground the Executive Committee has decided to appeal to all the members of the Society and its supporters and well wishers to help save Dipayon’s life!


The Executive Committee will remain grateful for your kind help and support.


Thank you.


The Executive Committee
Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc.



Annual General Meeting 2007 Held

07 July 2007

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bangladesh Society for Puja & Culture Inc. (the BSPC) was held on 24 June 2007 at Granville Town Hall, Granville, Sydney. The meeting was presided over by the president of the Society Mr Bikash Nandy. The general secretary Mr Debobrato Mojumder presented the annual report of the Society.


At the conclusion of the AGM, the election commissioner Dr Swapan Dey conducted the process of the election of the BSPC’s new Executive Committee for 2007 - 08. Note that the new committee was elected uncontested.


After the election, the president of the newly elected executive committee Dr Swapan Paul addressed the gathering before the conclusion of the proceedings of the day.



See AGM 2007 Photos Album.