Probasi is a registered non-profit organization based in Charlotte, NC. Our goals are to provide community service and organize educational and cultural programs in the local area. The main theme of the programs organized by Probasi is to promote awareness of culture and traditions of West Bengal, a province in eastern India that has one of the finest heritages of literature, arts, music, and dance. Each year, Probasi organizes several events that provide opportunities to share and cherish the richness of this heritage through social and cultural events. This includes music, plays, and dance programs from local and visiting artists from India, children’s programs, and traditional religious events. In addition, Probasi makes generous contributions to charitable causes in and around the region. Examples include collection of donations for the 2004 tsunami relief fund, earthquake victims of Gujarat, India (2002), and the hurricane disaster in the Gulf coast. Recently Probasi donated money to Charlotte Mecklenburg public libraries.
Probasi was started more than 38 years ago when a few Charlotte residents belonging to the Bengali community initiated cultural programs to celebrate the culture of India. Today Probasi has more than hundred members from the area. Recently, Probasi has become a registered Non-profit organization in North Carolina. Probasi has close ties with the Hindu Center of Charlotte, which is an organization and home for many charitable and educational activities including education on meditation, yoga, classical music, and a planned home for senior citizens. Further details of Probasi can be found at http://www.probasi.org.
The Bengali Community of Charlotte
We are an Indian American non-profit organization which promotes Cultural, Social, Spiritual and Charitable events connecting Bengali, Indian and American communities. We are the oldest Bengali community in Charlotte, formed 40 years ago.
Our main goal is to foster a spirit of family, friendship, diversity and community between its members through cultural activities, social events, musical gatherings and religious festivals.
Apart from other Bengali festivals and pujas, like the naboborsho, saraswati Puja, Laxmi Puja, we celebrate the Bengali festival of Durga Puja every year through three days of religious and cultural events at the Vihar Hall at the Hindu Center of Charlotte. We arrange traditional ceremonies, a place for visitors to congregate for worship, and two days of cultural performances, where lunch/dinner is provided, all provided for a fee. The event sees hundreds of visitors from Charlotte and neighboring cities & states like Raleigh and Greensboro, Virgina, South Carolina, Tennessee. Besides the Durga Puja, Probasi Group of Charlotte organizes various cultural and community events through out the year.
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