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Bengali Association of NSW (BANSW), Australia

The Bengali Association of New South Wales was established in 1974 with only twelve member families. Today the membership is in the vicinity of 300. In addition to the Durga Puja, the Association also organises Saraswati Puja, Rabindra Jayanti, Festival of Bengali Plays, etc. We have also invited many performers from India to perform for the local Bengali community.

Durgapuja is special to all Bengalis and no less so for the 'Probasi Bengali' who has found home away from his or her homeland. BANSW has continued celebrating Durga Puja for many years to give the local Bengalis an opportunity to enjoy this single most important event in the Bengali calendar, while exposing the younger generations to this socio-religious tradition.

Bengali Association of New South Wales is a non-profit charitable and cultural organization registered under the NSW Charitable Collections Act 1934. The Association's main objective is to promote Bengali language, literature, music, history and culture in the wider multicultural society of NSW.

From the very inception, the Association has enjoyed absolute loyalty and patronage of most of the Bengali settlers in metropolitan Sydney and country NSW. Regular sporting, cultural and religious functions are organized by the Association. Charity work of the Association in Australia and abroad is highly commendable; however, limited resources always restricted the Management Committee from doing more in this area.

Asok Chattopadhyay, one of the members, said to durgapujaonline.com, “The Association is managed by a Management Committee consisting of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and six members elected annually. Regular functions held include Durga Puja, Vijaya, Saraswati Puja, Annual Sporting Carnival, Bengali New Year's Day, Rabindra Jayanti and Annual Dinner and Drama.”

Complete Address and Location:

Bengali Association of NSW
GPO Box 4928
Sydney 2001
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