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The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Mid America Bengali Association (MABA) announced recently that the next Bangamela- 2010 will be held in the country music capital of the world- Nashville, TN from July 2 to 4.
The word “Bangamela” literally means a confluence of Bengalis - people with roots in West Bengal and Bangladesh - at a fair showcasing Bengal's artistic, cultural and literary heritage. From a humble beginning in Louisville, Kentucky in 1999, Bangamela has now become a household name and a “must attend” program in the lives of mid-American Bengalis. MABA is the parent organization of this yearly event and normally co-sponsor this celebration with the participation of a host city. For more information on MABA and its various other activities, please visit www.mabaonline.org.
By the directives of MABA general body members, MABA will not only sponsor the whole event but will also take on the added responsibility of playing host to this gala next year, with the direct participation and help from the Bengali population of Nashville and its surrounding areas. The venue for this grand endeavor has been selected as Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville. Bangamela 2010 steering committee has negotiated a reduced rate for accommodation in the same hotel for all registrants of this event. As the number of hotel rooms at the reduced rate is limited, you are requested to register for Bangamela 2010 and book your hotel at your earliest convenience. The registration form is available at www.bangamela.org/registration.shtml.
The theme for Bangamela 2010 is "Aa Mori Bangla Bhasha" This event will exhibit diversified cultural enrichment in this region through programs, forums, and various other activities to promote cultural and business exchanges between North America, India, and Bangladesh. As usual with other Bangamelas, vendors from Indian subcontinents and USA will also be exhibiting their products at the same venue. Good food is an integral part of the mela.
The entire Bangamela 2010 team is busy with various arrangements for presenting Bangamela next year, which will be unique and something to remember for a long time to come, said a press release issued here recently.
“We hope we can meet your expectation and go beyond that. Please join us with your family and friends to make this celebration a successful event.”
For additional information on Bangamela 2010, please visit www.bangamela.org