Subject: Durga Puja venue and Friday artist
Dated: Sep 13, 2017
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Dear Member,,

In our last email, we told you about the sudden shift of our Durga Puja venue to Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose. Since then some of you had expressed your concerns. Please be assured that we immediately jumped in to address these concerns. Specifically, these are the steps we have taken:

  1. Given the unusual summer, we booked the air-conditioned Pavillion Hall (see layout)
  2. We are holding puja, cultural program, and vendors under a single roof. No more walking back-and-forth between the halls.
  3. Food for patrons will be served on the adjacent covered patio.
  4. Special parking adjacent to the venue being arranged for the patrons.

Hopefully, this will remove any doubt of inconvenience. If you have other suggestions, we'd like to hear from you.

We have one more exciting announcement to share with you. This year Prabasi's Durga Puja celebration will begin on Friday evening (see our events schedule.) And what a better way to start the festivity than a performance by Shovan Ganguly. Many of you remember him from when the former Saregama champion performed on Prabasi stage. He touched many hearts then and now, musically more matured, Shovan is returning to mesmerize us.

Throughout the weekend, several friendly contests have been planned to involve members of all ages. We are setting up a young talent art exhibition wall. Please sign up to participate at the events pages and provide our youngsters with encouragement and exposure.

An event of this magnitude can't be successful without your active support and involvement. Please sign up to become a volunteer.

Finally, if you have already become a member we thank you. Please ask your friends to join as well. If you are still wondering, please join Prabasi before membership dues go up.

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This is the last week for early-bird discounts. So hurry up before the time is gone, and renew your membership if you have not done so yet. We thank you if you have already renewed your membership. Prabasi is a membership-based organization and our sustenance depends on the support of our members. The membership rates are given at our membership page.

We are also soliciting for the Life Membership which was adopted for the benefit of our senior members and  to make Prabasi financially strong. This is a one time payment for rest of your life depending upon your age. There are some condtions under which this is granted:
  • Membership is Valid for rest of your life if you are 65 years old above on the day of Registration or Limited for 10 years if you are below 65 Years
  • Life Membership is same for couple or single
  • Life Membership will include Patron benefits
  • Life Membership is $5000. To be paid by check to Bay Area Prabasi
  • Qualification : Continuous Membership since year 2000
If you would like to be a Life Member please fill out the form given here:

 Sourendro and Soumyojit 
The Sunday professional program will be performed by Sourendra and Soumyojit.

Vocalist Soumyojit and pianist Sourendro rhyme as a duo. They have been creating, composing and performing together for a decade now. Soumyojit pursues music under the guidance of the legendary Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, while Sourendro trained in indian music under Pt. V Balsara & Ustad Vilayat Khan - also learns about different forms of music from Prof. Martin Keubert. They have created a new soundscape of their own and travelled far and wide with their music.

 Shovan Ganguly 

Friday's cultural show will be performed by Shovan Ganguly. Shovan became a household name after he won the famous TV singing competition, Zee’s Saregamapa in 2012. Shovan’s talent was noticed by one and all, especially famous music composer & music directors of Kolkata. He is known for his renditions of Contemporary Bengali music and Sufi music. Shovan has done playback for many prminent Bengali movies, like Arsinagar by Oscar nominated director, Aparna Sen. The song from this movie, “Jaan Qubool” was a big hit and topped Radio Mirchi charts for months. Shovan recently was declared 2016 Male Voice of the Year at the famous Radio Mirchi Awards.


 Message from our sponsors 

PC Chandra India

We hope to see you at Durga Puja on Sep 29th.

- Bay Area Prabasi Team
Serving the Bengali Community for over 40 years...

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