Subject: Mahalaya and the beginning of Devipaksha
Dated: Sep 25, 2003
Dear Member,

     You can find a formatted version of this letter at
     http://prabasi.org/durgapuja/invitation2003_2.pdf 
The Devipaksha starts with the countdown of Durga Puja. On this
occasion Bay area Prabasi would like to invite all to the rituals of
Durga Puja at Chabot Clollege, Hayward on the 3 - 5 Oct, 2003.

During the three days of festivity, Bay Area Prabasi is proud to
present the top quality artists from Kolkata. As per the wishes of our
members, Bay area Prabasi would like to focus only on the Bengali
culture and have planned for programs only in Bengali. The Durga Puja
attractions this year will be:

	Bhoomi - A seven member band group, rated as the no.1 rock band
	in Kolkata

	Lopamudra Mitra & band - The most popular contemporary Bengali
	singer with a four-member orchestra band

	Chokher Bali - Premier show directed by the award winning and
	no.1 Director Rituparno Ghosh, based on a novel by Rabindranath
	Tagore.

	For the local programs we will have one of the well-appreciated
	Mahalaya for the last three years alongwith natok Ami Krishnaa,
	directed by Kishore Chatterjee, Odissi Classical Dance
	presented by Nataraj School Of Dance and a children's talent
	show.

	Donor appreciation banquet dinner

	Booths and Bijoya Mela

Kali Puja : Oct 25th 2003

Sadhna Sargam with full orchestra - A renowned artist from Mumbai who
is also famous for her songs in Bengali, which includes Shudhu Dujoney,
a duet with Srikanto Acharya.

Saraswati Puja: Date to be announced

Bay area Prabasi will get top quality professional artist from Kolkata.

Ananda Mela: Date to be announced

Ananda Mela : Prabasi members can sell home made food and  Cultural
evening

Sports and Educational events throughout the year: Children and adults
can participate

Special Cultural Events : Prabasi members get discounted tickets.

Being a Prabasi member you enjoy four events that includes six days of
fun & frolic where you come together with your families and friends at
a cost less than $12 per day.

If you are not a member already please renew your membership at the
earliest to ensure your seats during this three daylong event.
Membership renewal can be done electronically through our web page
http://www.prabasi.org/membership or by mailing (PO Box 2116, Fremont,
CA 94536) a check payable to Bay Area Prabasi.

For more information on Durga Puja celebrations please visit our web
page http://www.prabasi.org/durgapuja where you can also listen to a
Real Audio version of Mahalaya.

Sincerely,

- Bay Area Prabasi Administration

                                              Dated: 09/25/2003
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