Subject: Durga Puja starts today evening
Dated: Oct 06, 2000
Dear Member,

Prabasi's Durga Puja 2000 starts today from 8:00pm at Chabot College, 
Hayward. This is a first grand event for this financial year and is the 
biggest event of the year as is known to all Bengalis. We just wanted 
to quickly update you on the main points one more time before we finally 
meet in the evening today.

In this mail:
    1. Web-site
    2. Newsletter
    3. Children's program and local programs
    4. Flood relief and FREE T-shirts and CDs
    5. Catering and Dinner Coupons
    6. A.R. Rahman Tickets
    7. Children's all day event
    8. Bengali Software
    9. Bijoya Gifts
    10. Program Schedule
    11. Directions and Venue

WEB-SITE
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The recent details are on our web-site. Please visit
http://www.prabasi.org/durgapuja 
NEWSLETTER
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We have brought you a newsletter that is also on our web-site in PDF 
format. Please print out as many copies as you can, and distribute it 
among your friends who do not have access to this mail.

http://www.prabasi.org/Activities/DurgaPuja2000/DurgaPuja2000.pdf 
CHILDRENS' PROGRAM AND LOCAL PROGRAMS
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Though we have top professional programs, one each on all three days of 
the puja, programs by our local talented  artist will also be one of 
our main attractions. We are quite determined to stick to our timing 
schedule this year. So please *be in time* to cheer our children and local 
artists who have spent their time and effort to create these programs 
for you, perhaps only to get your appreciation. Specially watch out for 
Prakriti (9:00pm -9:30pm, Friday), Chirakumari Sangad (3:30pm-5:30pm, 
Saturday), Sur-Chhanda (6:45pm-7:45pm, Saturday) and Geet 
Alankar(10:30-12:00midnight, Saturday)

http://www.prabasi.org/Activities/DurgaPuja2000/DP2000Cultural.html 
FLOOD RELIEF AND FREE T-SHIRTS/CDs
==================================

We are severely lagging behind in collecting funds for flood relief in 
West Bengal. We have just collected around $2000 so far, and have 
another $8000 to go to meet our target of $10,000. To give you an incentive 
to come forward and donate whole-heartedly, we are offering a unique 
incentive to all donors. Prabasi will offer each person a FREE Prabasi 
T-shirt and a FREE CD from Biswas.com who donates $100 or more for flood 
relief. You need to keep your receipt number to get the CD from the 
web-site.

Prabasi will have a special donation booth at Durga Puja. Please come 
forward and make your donation for the flood victims in West Bengal. 
Remember, all contributions are tax-deductible.

CATERING AND DINNER COUPONS
===========================

Our caterers for Durga Puja is Raja Sweets and Indian Cuisine (Union
City). Food for all days is included for all Patron members. Regular 
members may buy food from the caterers on site. However if regular 
members want to buy Dinner/Lunch Coupons for all three days in advance, you 
can purchase the coupons from us on Saturday. The price for each meal 
coupon is $6.00.

A.R. RAHMAN TICKETS
===================

A.R. Rahman tickets will be available at Durga Puja site. Prabasi 
members get a special discount on regular rates. Please visit our web-site 
to get the discount rates:

http://www.prabasi.org/professional 
CHILDREN'S ALL DAY EVENT
========================

Saturday will be an exciting day for children since we have a special 
all-day event for children running parallelly with all other programs. 
It starts with a painting competition at 12:30pm and goes right upto 
5:00pm ending with a Magic and Balloon show. Children, don't miss this 
fun-filled extravaganza.


BENGALI SOFTWARE
================

Sometime back we had introduced a Bengali Writing Software called 
Barnamala. This is based on Prabasi's Bengali Transliteration System that 
has been in use now for almost three years. An alpha version of the PC 
based software was available on our web-site for evaluation. We are 
releasing this software for general use at Durga Puja. Please visit the 
following web-site for your free download and subsequent purchase if you 
like it.

http://www.barnamala.com/software 

BIJOYA GIFTS
============

This is also the time to send Bijoya Gifts home. Thanks for your 
patronization, the web-site is getting lot of orders these days just like 
every year. It is not yet Bijoya in India, so just in case you forgot to 
send that esssential gift home, click on

http://www.prabasi.org/Gifts 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
================

The program schedule is available in our news-letter and also at:

http://www.prabasi.org/Activities/DurgaPuja2000/DP2000Schedule.html 

DIRECTIONS AND VENUE
====================

Chabot College is a familiar site for us by now. However, if you are a 
new-comer, you may get directions from our web-site:

http://www.prabasi.org/Activities/DurgaPuja2000/DP2000Venue.html 
Warm wishes for Durga Puja and see you all today evening.

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 10/06/2000
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