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Bichitra Event Notifications 2019


Canada Multicultural Day 2019 - 22-June-2019 (Saturday)

Dated: June 3, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

Bichitra will be celebrating Canada Multicultural Day on June 22, 2019, Saturday. The venue for the event is: Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Rd, R3T 3L8. Our program is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm.

We will be having external guest performers showcasing their talent at this event. We are also planning to have:

  1. A non-religious choral inspirational song by our kids and youth members to kickstart the event
  2. Fancy dress parade by the kids (age not exceeding 12 yrs)
Interested participants are requested to reach out to our President, Mr. Pijush Majumdar (204-290-6332) no later than 06-June-2019 (Thursday).

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member. This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

Annual Summer Camp from June 14 to June 16, 2019

Dated: May 10, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

It's almost summer in Winnipeg, and Bichitra, like previous years, will be hosting our annual Summer Camp this year as well from June14 (Friday) to Jun16 (Sunday), 2019. The details are as follows:

Location: Inter Varsity Circle Square Ranch, Spruce Woods, Austin, MB, R0H 0C0.
Schedule:

  • June 14 (Reaching the camp in the evening)
  • June 15 (Staying at the camp)
  • June 16 (Returning in the afternoon)
Distance: The camp is approximately 1 hr. 45 mins. drive from Winnipeg.
Boarding & Lodging Arrangements: Town Hall Bunkhouse Wing with a capacity of 48 ppl. There are 6 rooms. Each room has bed for 6-8 ppl and comes with attached 4 piece bathroom. There is a lounge area with fridge and a small kitchenette.
Dining Hall: There is a large Dining Hall with a seating capacity of ~150 people.
Misc. Facilities: There is a wood fireplace, lounge area, public bathrooms, and fireside rooms. Adjoining the main Town Hall dining room, there is a fireplace, pull-down screen and projector available.
Food: Food will be provided by the camp authority as follows:
  • June 14: Dinner on arrival
  • June 15: Breakfast (8-9 am), Lunch (12-1 pm), Dinner (6-7 pm)
  • June 16: Tea/Coffee/Cold Cereal (7-8 am), Brunch - 11:30 am
Activities: Heated Outdoor Pool, Basketball Court, Trampolines, Mountain Biking & Trails, Multi-Activity Play Structure, Large Playing Fields, Wooded Trails, Horse Riding, Zip Lining.
Cost to Join the Summer Camp:
  1. Adults (10 yrs & above): CAD 80
  2. Child (5 yrs to 10 yrs): CAD 55
  3. Child (below 5 yrs): FREE
The above is a subsidized cost for Bichitra members only, and includes food and activities. For non-members, the cost will be different. Please reach put to the President of the organization for details on cost for non-members.
Driving Directions: https://www.csranchsprucewoods.ca/contact/#map
Please confirm your participation no later than May 25, 2019. Please reach out to Mr. Pijush Majumdar (Cell: 204-290-6332 OR Email: pijush25@hotmail.com) for confirming your attendance OR if you have any further questions.


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

রবীন্দ্র-নজরুল জয়ন্তী - ১৪২৬ / Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti 2019 - 25-May-2019 (Saturday)

Dated: April 29, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

Hope the gradually warming Winnipeg temperature is keeping you in the best of your moods and spirits. The feeling of the onset of ever-longing Winnipeg summer is indeed exciting!

Bichitra will be celebrating Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti on May 25, 2019, Saturday (hopefully summer by then) from 5:30 pm onwards. Interested participants are requested to reach out to our Cultural Secretary, Mr. Surya Banik (204-963-7042) no later than 05-May-2019 (Sunday).

RSVP: Please note this is an RSVP event only for our existing members. We sincerely advocate RSVP-ing to the event. This would help us organize and plan logistics accordingly, and cater a quality program to our esteemed members. Please respond to this email to confirm your attendance no later than May 18, 2019 (Saturday). The venue for the event will be communicated in due course of time.

Membership Renewal: We thank all our members who renewed their membership during the Nabo Borsho event. If you missed out renewing your membership, please do so during the event on May 25th. Membership/Renewal membership forms will be available with the Executive Committee members present at the event.

Fundraising for Winnipeg Harvest: We are pleased to let you know that the total amount fundraised with matching contributions stands at CAD 900 today. We'll be donating the amount to Winnipeg Harvest shortly. We thank all our members for supporting us in this initiative.

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member. This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

Update 1: Thank You and Update on Fundraising

Dated: April 21, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

Following up from the communication sent yesterday, we are excited to inform you that we had another generous donor who approached us and preferred anonymity, and expressed willingness for a matching contribution to the Fundraised amount for Winnipeg Harvest.

Hence, with three matching contributions for dollar-to-dollar fundraised, the total amount as of today stands at CAD 888.00. We will be donating this amount to Winnipeg Harvest shortly.

Team Bichitra could not thank enough for the support you've provided to the community!


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

Thank You and Update on Fundraising

Dated: April 21, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

We would like to thank our members and participants for attending and/or performing in the Nabo Borsho event. We appreciate the effort and support from each one of you to help us organize the program in a grand scale.

Update on Fundraising: Bichitra sincerely thanks all its members who contributed to the Fundraising for Winnipeg Harvest. With your support and contribution, we were able to fundraise CAD 222.00 on the evening of the Nabo Borsho event. As informed earlier, we had a generous donor who agreed to match the amount fundraised. We are also pleased to announce that we had another generous donor from the floor (preferred to remain anonymous) who expressed willingness to match the fundraised amount.

With two matching contributions for dollar-to-dollar fundraised, the total amount stands at CAD 666.00. We will be donating this amount to Winnipeg Harvest shortly.

We thank you all again for making our humble initiative a great success!

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member. This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

Reminder 1: শুভ নববর্ষ উদযাপন - ১৪২৬ / Bengali New Year 2019 Celebrations - 20-Apr-2019 (Saturday)

Dated: April 7, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

Thanks to all of you who RSVP-ed for this event. If you haven't got a chance to RSVP yet, we sincerely request you to do so, no later than 14-April-2019, Sunday. This would help us ordering delicious food for the Bengali New Year event accordingly.

Special Announcement: As discussed in the AGM and unanimously approved, effort towards transforming Bichitra to a charitable organization is in progress. Towards this endeavor, we decided to host a fundraising effort on the day of the Nabo Borsho event. Fundraising tickets will be available for $2.00 per ticket, per member. We are excited to announce that we have amongst ourselves, a generous donor, who agreed to match dollar-for-dollar on the amount fundraised, and the total amount garnered (fundraised + matching amount) will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest on behalf of Bichitra. It's a humble initiative from Bichitra to reach out to the larger community for a charitable and noble cause.

We kept the amount to a minimum of $2.00 per member to make it affordable for everyone. Please note that donation to this fundraising effort is not mandatory, and is at the sole discretion of each of our valued members. This activity is separate from our usual Nabo Borsho event where we have the cultural program followed by dinner.

Membership Renewal: As we are all aware, Nabo Borsho marks the beginning of our Membership Renewal calendar year. Respected members are requested to renew the membership, if possible, during this event. Renewal membership forms will be available at the reception desk on the day of the event.

We sincerely thank all our members for supporting us in our endeavors to strengthen the organization!

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member. This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

শুভ নববর্ষ উদযাপন - ১৪২৬ / Bengali New Year 2019 Celebrations - 20-Apr-2019, Saturday

Dated: February 11, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

Bichitra is all set to welcome the Bengali New Year on 20-Apr-2019 (Saturday) starting 5:30 pm onwards with a theme-based cultural program that pays tribute to five of the renowned poets of Bengal. The event is named as "পঞ্চ কবি প্রণাম" (Pancha Kobi Pranam). The five poets we decided to pay tribute to are:

  1. Atul Prasad Sen
  2. Dwijendra Lal Roy
  3. Rajanikanta Sen
  4. Kazi Nazrul Islam and
  5. Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore
We also plan to have kids' cultural attraction in our endeavor to groom the upcoming generation in Bengali culture and heritage.
Interested participants and/or parents for kids' program(s) may please contact our Cultural Secretary - Mr. Surjya Banik (204-963-7042) no later than 24-Feb-2019 (Sunday) for confirmation.

RSVP: Please note this is an RSVP event only for our existing members. Please respond to this email to confirm your attendance no later than April 14, 2019. The venue for the event will be communicated in due course of time.

Volunteers: As we all know, any event takes quite an amount of effort to setup and takedown for its smooth execution. We would need volunteers/helping hands for both setting up the stage and closing activities after the event. Interested volunteers are requested to respond to this email, and the support is very much appreciated.

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member.
This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019 of Bichitra - First Notice

Dated: February 1, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

It's that time of the year where the Executive Committee of Bichitra showcases the work done in the past year, discusses plans for the forthcoming events and suggestions from the members to improve and strengthen the organization and its heritage.

We are glad to announce that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on March 24, 2019, Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm. The venue is yet to be decided, and will be communicated in due course of time.

Also - recognizing the contribution of the members over the past year and their continued commitment in organizational activities, we plan to host a Membership Appreciation Event post the AGM. All members present will be served with refreshments to appreciate their contribution to the organization.

Please note this is an RSVP event only for our existing members. Please respond to this email to confirm your attendance no later than March 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please reach out to any of the Executive Committee Members.

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member.
This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

Shree Shree Saraswati Pujo - 09 - Feb, Saturday

Dated: January 27, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

Bichitra would be organizing the Shree Shree Saraswati Pujo on 09-Feb, Saturday, this year. The venue is Dr. Raj Pandey Hindu Center, 999 St. Annes' Rd. The Pujo starts sharp at 10:30 am. We request all our members to attend the Pujo celebrations with joy and devotion.

A Brief History:
As many of you may be aware, the first Saraswati Pujo in Winnipeg was performed by Mr. Makhan Bal in 1970 at the residence of Late Dr. Ranen Sinha and Ms. Luella Sinha - 8 years before Bichitra was formally established. During that year, Mr. Bal had the distinct privilege of making the Goddess Saraswati idol with his own hands - first time in Winnipeg. After Bichitra was formally established in 1978, the first Shree Shree Saraswati Pujo for Bichitra was performed in 1979 by Mr. Bal. In that year, he had the privilege of building another idol of Goddess Saraswati - the idol that still resides in his basement in the current times. We have the honor of having Mr. Makhan Bal perform the 40th. Shree Shree Saraswati Pujo of Bichitra this year. This will also mark the 49th. Saraswati Pujo celebration in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Pujo Hosting:
We are glad to say that Mrs. Karabi Roy Chowdhury and Family have graciously volunteers to host the landmark Saraswati Pujo this year. This includes sponsoring flowers, fruits and providing home-cooked lunch for the event.

Volunteers:
As we all know, any event takes quite an amount of effort for setup and takedown for its smooth execution. We would need volunteers/helping hands to clean the dining hall after the event. Interested volunteers are requested to respond to this email, and the support is very much appreciated.

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member.
This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra

Poush Parbon (Pitha Utsav)

Dated: January 2, 2019


Dear Bichitra members,

Happy New year! After the New Year, it is the time to enjoy Bengali pithas. Most of the Bengali people we know love pithas. This is why Bichitra decided to celebrate Poush Parbon (Pitha utsav) on January 26th, Saturday evening. It will be a potluck event where interested members are required to bring Pitha. Bichitra won't arrange any food but the rental facility will be arranged. The venue to be decided based on the number of respondents and will be communicated in a later date to the interested families. For those who cannot make pithas, they can bring chicken curry for about 10 people and for those who will bring pithas, they can bring pithas of your own choice for approximately 15 people. If anyone is interested to join the Pitha Party please RSVP to Rimi: karabi28@yahoo.ca or to Pijush: pijush25@hotmail.com by January 12th.

*** NOTE: This is an event only for members and invited guests. Any other guest(s) should be accompanied by a Bichitra member.
This email is not intended for public distribution. ***


Thanks
The Executive Committee of Bichitra
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