Subject: Durga Puja and Membership renewal 2008-2009
Dated: Aug 25, 2008
Dear Member,

With the advent of autumn, 2008 Durga Puja (the worship of Goddess
Durga) is knocking at the door. Every year Prabasi celebrates Durga
Puja, the most popular festival for Bengalis, with customary pomp and
fanfare.

DURGA PUJA 2008
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This year we will be celebrating Durga Puja for 2 days at Chabot
College, Hayward on September 27th & 28th, 2008. Like every year,
this year also we have planned fun filled events with invited famous
performers from India. At the same time we are providing great shows
performed by our local talents. We have a full line of variety
programs for you. On vocal entertainment, Usha Utthup from Kolkata
will enchant you with her melody. We have famous band from Kolkta -
Cactus, performing for the first time in the Bay Area. We also have
many exciting events from our local artists - Nritya Tarang a
mesmerizing dance show presented by Payal, Bangla Natak - "Cool it",
Mahalaya.

Details will soon be posted on our web site www.prabasi.org

MEMBERSHIP
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As you all know, Prabasi is a membership-based organization and it
runs primarily on membership fees and donations. In spite of rising
cost of running the programs, we have kept the membership dues same
for last many years. This year also your membership dues remain same
as last year. For membership rates visit www.prabasi.org/membership.
As we strive to bring quality programs during our key events and
continue on our mission to promote our cultural heritage, Prabasi
needs your support and active participation. Please contact any of
our board members (find contact info in our web site) with your
suggestions and ideas.

This time we have included the option to pre-pay for food at the time
of membership renewal. Please check the membership renewal page for
food coupons before you check out. We will be providing free lunch on
Saturday (bhog), but you can pay for dinner on Saturday and lunch on
Sunday for $ 6.00  per plate as part of the membership fees.

HOW TO RENEW MEMBERSHIP
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You may now renew your membership from the web by giving your
registration number and your renewal code as follows:

1. Go to
http://www.prabasi.org/Administration/Membership/RenewMember.html 
2. Put your Membership Number: -removed-

3. Put your Renewal Code: -removed-

Alternatively, you may also start with your membership renewal by clicking the link
below:
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Special discounted rates are available for early registrants till
Sep 15, 2008. For accounting convenience, we prefer credit-card
payment. Your expected fees with discounted rates till Sep 15
is $258.00
To take advantage of the early-bird discounts, don't delay.

For membership rates visit: http://www.prabasi.org/membership 
SHANKHA MAGAZINE
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As you all know, Prabasi publishes print magazine "Shankha" during
Durga Puja. This is a community magazine and is distributed to all
our members. This magazine contains literary contributions from our
members. Prabasi invites you to send your (your kids or other family
members) creative contribution in any form (e.g. poetry, short story,
personal experience, travelogue, interesting photographs, news piece,
articles, sketches/paintings, etc.) in either Bengali or English to
be published in Shankha.

Please send your contributions by the following dates, after which it
may not be possible to publish:

All articles written in Bengali:  7 September, 2008
All articles written in English: 14 September, 2008
All other contributions:        14 September, 2008

Please use the following guidelines and transmission formats:

* Word count, each article, both Bengali and English: Not to exceed
2,000 words.
* Bengali articles:  Fax: 415-369-0894
                    or, scan and e-mail: skghose@nexant.com
                    or, U.S. mail:
                    Sunil Ghose,
                    158 Firestone Dr.
                    Walnut Creek, CA 94598

* English articles: Typed in Microsoft Word; font size 12;
                    spacing - single; margin 1 inch all around
                    E-mail: skghose@nexant.com

* All artworks, photos, etc.
                    Scanned in pdf format
                    E-mail: skghose@nexant.com

Prabasi reserves the right to reject any writing for whatever reason.
Materials submitted to Prabasi will not be returned. Shankha also
contains personal and business advertisements. Rates are as follows:
  Back Cover:  $ 2,500
  Two Center Pages:  $ 1,500
  Inside Cover (Front or Back):  $ 1,000
  Full Page:  $ 500
  Half Page:  $ 300

You can place your advertisements by completing the form on our
website.

For your advertisement submission and questions please contact
Surajit Sengupta at Phone: (408) 509-7203 or
Email: surajit_sen_gupta@yahoo.com

Deadline for Ad. Submission: September 15, 2008.

NABC 2009
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As you all know, we are also working hard to stage a memorable “Banga
Sammelan” - NABC 2009. Please see details of this event at
www.nabc2009.com. We are actively looking for volunteers to
participate in making this gala event a success. We can assure you
that this volunteering experience would be both fun and rewarding for
you. Please see NABC 2009 web site for details at www.nabc2009.com.
If you are interested to volunteer, please send an email to
volunteer@nabc2009.com    with your interest area.

Thanks for your support during all these years. We are looking
forward to your continued support in the years to come.

Sincerely,
- Bay Area Prabasi Team

                                              Dated: 08/25/2008
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                      BAY AREA PRABASI INC.
        SERVING THE BENGALI COMMUNITY FOR OVER 30 YEARS ...