Subject: Invitation for Durga Puja 2003
Dated: Sep 17, 2003
Dear Member,

    Please visit http://www.prabasi.org/durgapuja/invitation2003.pdf     to read this letter with proper formatting.

Durga Puja is just round the corner and we at Prabasi are working hard
to make it memorable to all our members. Durga Puja means more to us
than just an annual religious festival, it is a celebration of life,
of our culture, our popular customs and traditions ... it is a time
for coming together, of reunion and rejuvenation, of the rebirth of
our spiritual selves ... and last but not the least, the season to
love, to share and to care.

Bay area Prabasi will be celebrating Durga Puja at Chabot Collge on
Oct 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2003. Please visit our web page
http://prabasi.org/durgapuja for the latest updates about our Durga
Puja celebration. This year we will be assigning seat numbers at
Chabot College auditorium on basis of first come first serve during
membership renewal. So if you have not renewed your membership yet,
please renew it at the earliest to ensure your seats during this three
daylong event. Membership renewal can be done electronically through
our web page or by mailing (PO Box 2116, Fremont, CA 94536) a check
payable to Bay Area Prabasi.

Program highlights:

This year's program for Durga Puja will be

  * Mahalaya - Directed by Dr.Shampa Banerjee, Chandipath by Dr.Alok
    Chatterjee. Singers include Sonali Bhattacharya, Prasenjit Biswas,
    Jaya Basu and others.

  * Lopamudra Mitra & Band - An eminent Bengali singer and one of the
    pioneers who started the new era of modern Bengali music

  * Bhoomi Band - Number one Rock Band of Kolkata, creating
    sensational Bengali Pop Music. Times Music salutes the sale of its
    debut album JATRA SHURU as the largest selling album in the 
regional
    category.

  * Chokher Bali - Premier show directed by award winning Director
    Rituparno Ghosh. First ever Bengali film starring Aishwarya Rai,
    nominated to Cannes Film Festival. Also starring Prosenjit, Raima
    Sen & Tota Roychoudhury. Don't forget to watch this film.

  * Local Natak - Ami Krishnaa, directed by Kishore Chatterjee.
    Performers include Sanchita Ghosh, Debabani Khatua, Pritha
    Chatterjee, Rakhi Chowdhury, Sonali Bhatacharya, Dalia Sen, Bonny
    Basu, Shubhda Shukla, Bibek Ghosh, Sandeepan Mukherjee, Jayanta
    Bhowmik.

Special Attraction:

  * Bijoya Mela - Delicious Home made Bengali Mishti sold by the
    members. (All members can participate)

Fund raising for Durga Bari and Donor's appreciation night - Banquet
dinner - dine and dance with the stars

Successful non-profit organizations are blessed with benefactors whose
combined motivation and ability prompt leadership giving roles.
Fortunately, Prabasi has an increasing number of patrons who advance
the traditional excellence of the community through cumulative
sustained monitory donations. Prabasi recognizes and honors those
individuals, couples and organizations whose ongoing dedication
through financial support makes a significant difference to the
community. We appreciate each and every donation that we receive at
Prabasi, and we would like to acknowledge our donors' generosity by
hosting a special entertainment package on the 4th of October between
8.00pm - 9.30pm.

The donor appreciation night will have the following attractions along
with the banquet dinner:

  * Diya Dance
  * Contemporary Dance by the Teenage Members
  * Presenting the conceptualization by PRABASI for a permanent
    facility and DURGA BARI to our Donors
  * Fashion Show (Eminent Members)
  * Dance Troupe from U C Davis

Kali Puja:

Kali Puja 2003 will be held on October 25th, 2003 at Sunnyvale Hindu
Temple, Sunnyvale.

Special Attraction:

This year Prabasi is proud to present to its members the famous
singer, Sadhna Sargam with full orchestra from Mumbai. We are in the
process of putting together our programs for Saraswati Puja and other
year round events. Prabasi is a member's organization and is committed
to serving its members.

Regular membership benefit includes:

Elaborate ceremonies for Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja and Kali Puja
along with Bhog and Prasad
A minimum of four cultural events spread throughout the year and the
events are hosted in the best available facilities of the Bay Area

  * Special events for children and youth.
  * Discounted tickets for Special Events
  * Free Shankha magazine.
  * Participate in Prabasi sponsored Sports events

Donor members can enjoy the following benefits in addition to those
listed above:
  * Membership fee is Tax Deductible
  * Preferred seating in Durga Puja during Overseas star event and all
    Special Events conducted by Prabasi.
  * Free lunch/dinner for Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Saraswati Puja and
    special arrangement for donor food at Prabasi's Annual function

We invite you to be a Prabasi member and be part of the oldest and
largest Bengali organizations serving the Bay Area. 5% of your
donation is saved in a fund for the procurement of a permanent place
for our members. Becoming a Prabasi Donor/Regular member entitles you
with plenty of benefits at the minimal cost, as explained below:

Regular Membership

Cost $140.00 per couple equivalent to $70.00 per individual.
There are 6 days of events
Durga Puja - 3 days (Fri, Sat and Sun)
Kali Puja - 1 day
Saraswati Puja - 1 day
Annual Day - 1 day

Cost per day $70/6 = $11.67 per individual Donor $300.00 per couple
$150.00 per individual 6 days of event with free dinner or lunch.

Donor Membership
Cost $300.00 per couple $150.00 per individual
Benefits - 6 days of event with free dinner or lunch.
Durga Puja- Friday - Dinner, Saturday- Dinner,
Sunday-Lunch
Kali Puja - 1 Dinner
Saraswati Puja - Dinner.
Total Dinner or Lunch is 5

Cost per day - Each lunch/dinner cost = $8.00, total cost of dinner is
$40.00. So actual membership fee $150- $40 = $110 or $18.34 per
individual

So if you are a member, your cost comes to $11.67/day-event the lowest
in the Bay Area. Let us celebrate Durga Puja in a whole new way this
year, and make the Puja come alive with love, light and laughter in
the hearts of one and all.

Sincerely Yours,
- Bay Area Prabasi Administration

                                              Dated: 09/17/2003
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                      BAY AREA PRABASI INC.
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