Subject: SARASWATI PUJA and Elections
Dated: Jan 18, 1999
Dear Member,

It is festival time again and an occasion to meet each other. We are 
celebrating Sarawati Puja on January 30 and having our annual elections 
on the same day as usual. Please read on for more details.

SARASWATI PUJA AT SUNNYVALE HINDU TEMPLE
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Saraswati Puja will be celebrated in the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple on 
Saturday, January 30, 1999 from 11:00 am.

A major attraction of the Cultural Program at night is a Solo 
performance by the well known Bangladeshi singer KADERI KIBRIA, who  will sing 
Adhunik and Rabindrasangeet bengali songs. Recently Kaderi performed for 
Bay Area Bangladeshi Association and his program was one of the best 
acclaimed performances.

Address of Hindu Temple:
450 E. Persian Drive 
Sunnyvale CA 94089
Phone: 408-734-4554

More details including directions to reach the Hindu Temple may be 
obtained from our Saraswati Puja web-site:

http://www.prabasi.org/Activities/Saraswati/SaraswatiMain.html 

ELECTION FOR PRABASI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Election for eight Board of Directors position and the Annual General 
meeting for Prabasi and NABC will be held during Saraswati Puja. 
Election forms may be downloaded from the web at:

http://www.prabasi.org/Administration/DirectorNominationForm.html 
The deadline for submitting the filled-in form is January 24.

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION
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FIA is inviting all Prabasi members to attend the Republic Day 
celebration on Jan. 23, 1999 at 6:00PM in the Main Auditorium of Cal. State 
Hayward. MALA GANGULY, the renowned singer (who entertained us during 
Saraswati Puja 1998) will be the main attraction of this program. Admission 
is Free. Dinner will be available for $4.00.

SUMMARY OF OUR WEBSITES
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Remember, Prabasi is committed to serve you, the Bay Area Bengali and 
the Bengali Community at large. Please note these sections in our 
web-site to browse for information quickly. Also note, WE WILL BE STARTING AN 
ONLINE CREDIT-CARD PAYMENT SERVICE SOON for your convenience. You can 
make payments for membership, gifts and NABC conference registrations 
quickly and safely from our secure web-server through your credit-card.

GIFT SERVICES TO CALCUTTA: http://www.prabasi.org/Gifts 
Surprise your friends and relatives by sending them a gift. Our prices 
are the lowest in the market and delivery service by Bengalnet in 
Calcutta is exceptional. Ask anyone who has already availed this service!

SHANKHA VISWAJANIN: http://www.prabasi.org/Shankha 
Your favourite magazine Shankha is now also on the Internet. We have 
two issues already there, Summer 98 and Autumn 98. We will be launching 
the third issue to coencide with Saraswati Puja. You can now enjoy your 
favourite magazine online!

NABC: http://www.prabasi.org/NABC99 
NABC is a special event for us which has a special web-site. You can 
now register for NABC online and also apply for performing arts through 
the online form.

MEMBERSHIP: http://www.prabasi.org/Membership 
Last year we automated our membership system to become completely 
web-based. Not only can you become a member by filling in our online 
membership form, but you can also maintain your own personal data by using 
your membership number and password. If your address at the bottom of this 
letter appears to be incorrect, please change it yourself through the 
interactive web-based Membership System. Take advantage of this new 
facility and help us streamline all processses.

Did you know you can send Bengali Email to your friends and relatives 
by using our Bengali Transliteration System at:

http://www.prabasi.org/Literary/ComposeArticle.html 
- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

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