Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW)

Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW) Founded in 1984, the Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW) is the premier non-profit Bengali organization of North Texas. Since 1984, Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW) has been North Texas' original and largest Bengali organization promoting Indian and South Asian cultural activities that are open to all.
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Activities include Bangla School, Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Film Festivals, Annual Picnics, Concerts, and more. BA-DFW also actively supports charitable institutions such as the Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, and the Red Cross.

Mission: For over 30 years now, we have represented the Bengali community of the Dallas/ Ft Worth metropolis. Our mission is to promote a harmonious blend of our diverse culture and rich values with today's hi-tech, fast-paced, success-driven way of life - with a view to nurturing well-balanced, exemplary new generations who will continue to be role models and enrich the world in greater measure. Our fundamental objectives are: To organize cultural events, socio-religious functions and activities, which provide exposure to the culture, heritage and traditions of Bengal To promote and sustain religious, charitable, educational and literary activities on behalf of the Bengali community To provide a forum for exchanging ideas and views with various national and international organizations of similar interests We are committed to sustaining and promoting our culture and heritage, supporting the society we live in and reinforcing our future generation with meaningful values. We strive to keep our rich culture and heritage alive through various religious events, social and educational activities and cultural programs throughout the year. We run an autonomous Bengali language school, to provide our kids the unique opportunity to learn and maintain proficiency in the language. We conduct regular fund raising activities for our community support and social service goals to assist the needy in India, Bangladesh and the United States. We renew our festive spirits, following true Bengali traditions - our celebrations of Durga Puja in fall, Saraswati Puja in spring are attended in large numbers. We attempt to bring the community together and keep them actively involved in various social events throughout the year - whether it is the Bengali New Year, our summer picnic gala, or the year-end dine-n-dance party. We have consistently been among the most culturally active cities in the United States, regularly hosting popular artists from India, screening popular Bengali movies and presenting high-quality cultural programs by local talents of all ages.

Operating as usual

BA-DFW’s youth outreach wing, VoYagers, participates in year round volunteering activities. One such tradition is delive...
11/30/2020

BA-DFW’s youth outreach wing, VoYagers, participates in year round volunteering activities. One such tradition is delivering meals to the elderly on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. To learn more about VoYagers please visit our website.

Please join us in this tribute to the iconic legend, as we celebrate his multi- faceted body of work! Don’t miss the exc...
11/28/2020

Please join us in this tribute to the iconic legend, as we celebrate his multi- faceted body of work! Don’t miss the exclusive interviews with co-actors, collaborators, directors and family members who knew him up close and personal! What better way to reminisce the life and influence of this truly inter-generational artist extraordinaire!
Live on our FB pages, at 10:15am CST this Sunday, 29th November.

In how many ways can one mourn the colossal loss of the iconic Soumitra Chatterjee? His prodigious talent has been haile...
11/19/2020

In how many ways can one mourn the colossal loss of the iconic Soumitra Chatterjee? His prodigious talent has been hailed by critics; his colleagues have spoken of his discipline and dedication. But to followers of Bengali cinema, he was that rare persona - the intellectual actor who bridged the gap between stardust and reality, and an inter-generational artist!

Actor, orator, playwright, poet, thespian - there are many remarkable ways to remember Soumitra Chatterjee. But one way perhaps to honor his life, work, and profound impact on Bengali culture - with respect and gratitude!

Please join us, as we pay homage to this legendary personality ~ a FB-Live virtual event in collaboration with DFW-Play! Accessible on our FB pages.

11/04/2020
Baat Ban Jaye

Our talented duo of Subho and Parna bringing you ‘ Baat ban Jaye’. A hilarious tale of breaking stereotypes.

11/02/2020
Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW)

A BIG THANK YOU to our decoration team : Indrajoy Majumder Anirban Ghosh Piklu (Debraj) Arijit ,Soumendu roy , Subhendu Mandal and all supporting staffs behind the scenes!! A lot of planning and efforts haa gone in creating this gorgeous mandap to welcome Maa Durga!!

As the curtain draws on our Virtual Durgotsav 2020, let us once again take this opportunity to THANK all our patrons, donors, and the dedicated team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it all possible! We appreciate all our online viewers and attendees who made all our efforts worthwhile! Through new learnings and unique experiences, we enjoyed hosting our first ever virtual mega-event amidst the current pandemic, thanks to you all!

Time-lapse video courtesy: Subhendu Lahiri

11/02/2020

As the curtain draws on our Virtual Durgotsav 2020, let us once again take this opportunity to THANK all our patrons, donors, and the dedicated team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it all possible! We appreciate all our online viewers and attendees who made all our efforts worthwhile! Through new learnings and unique experiences, we enjoyed hosting our first ever virtual mega-event amidst the current pandemic, thanks to you all!

Time-lapse video courtesy: Subhendu Lahiri

10/31/2020
Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW)

The countdown has begun... 60 mins to go...

Only 4 hours to go .. The KINJAL LIVE virtual concert premiers at 8:30pm CST tonight ... the YouTube link has been shared to our e-mail distribution list on our Newsletter this morning. Please contact us at [email protected] or post a comment on our FB page if you have any difficulties with the link. Our support team will be on standby to assist you! Don't miss the show. This is a LIVE show, the concert will not be available for later viewing.

10/31/2020
BA-DFW Presents ... KINJAL LIVE .. VIRTUAL CONCERT

Only 4 hours to go .. The KINJAL LIVE virtual concert premiers at 8:30pm CST tonight ... the YouTube link has been shared to our e-mail distribution list on our Newsletter this morning. Please contact us at [email protected] or post a comment on our FB page if you have any difficulties with the link. Our support team will be on standby to assist you! Don't miss the show. This is a LIVE show, the concert will not be available for later viewing.

Subho Bijoyo to all members and Patrons!! Get ready to celebrate a musical evening with Kinjal live from Kolkatta!!! Ple...
10/31/2020

Subho Bijoyo to all members and Patrons!! Get ready to celebrate a musical evening with Kinjal live from Kolkatta!!! Please look out for the live streaming link in tomorrow morning’s NL.

Keep an eye on this FB page and our newsletter tomorrow morning for the LIVE Streaming link ~ show starts at 8:30 pm on Saturday 31st! An awesome evening of musical bliss you don't want to miss!!

Keep an eye on this FB page and our newsletter tomorrow morning for the LIVE Streaming link ~ show starts at 8:30 pm on ...
10/30/2020

Keep an eye on this FB page and our newsletter tomorrow morning for the LIVE Streaming link ~ show starts at 8:30 pm on Saturday 31st! An awesome evening of musical bliss you don't want to miss!!

RIP Jahar da!! Our deepest condolences to Shuvra di and family!!
10/29/2020

RIP Jahar da!! Our deepest condolences to Shuvra di and family!!

We mourn the passing of one of our founder members and a much respected senior community leader, Mr. JAHAR NANDI. We pray for our beloved Jahar-da's soul to rest in eternal peace!

Jahar Nandi - (Eulogy contributed by Sasvata Chatterjee) -

They came quietly. A family of four - husband, wife, and two little boys - moved from Chicago to Fort Worth. The epicenter of the small Bengali community of DFW at that time was Fort Worth. Little did that community know what an impact this family would have on them. Neither does the Bengali community here today realize that they are beneficiaries of the legacy of the Nandi family - Jahar, Shubhra, and the two boys we know as Boomba and Piku.

Jaharda, as he is universally known, a Civil Engineering graduate from Jadavpur University, moved here as an employee at Commanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, under construction at the time. The vast majority of the Bengali families had a wage earner at that plant, and the community was tight-knit as a result. As with Bengalis everywhere, a thriving cultural scene existed, albeit in people’s homes, complete with Saraswati and Durga Pujas. In 1984 a loosely structured association started to come together, and the events moved to school gymnasiums as the community grew. By 1987-88, when Jaharda came to DFW, the community was growing and it was apparent that a formally structured association would need to be formed.

The primary cheerleader behind forming an association was none other than Jaharda. Fresh from his experience at BAGC in Chicago, Jaharda provided valuable insight. Collaborating with two others from the community, a new constitution loosely based on the BAGC constitution was written and soon the formal Bengali Association of Dallas Fort Worth - BA-DFW - came into being.

The thriving BA-DFW of today, that we all belove, and which provides the Bengali cultural anchor to the community, will forever be indebted to Jaharda. He was involved in the organization of events as a committee member of BA-DFW for multiple terms, and there is nothing that he did not do. Being as unassuming as he was, Jaharda only became President much later when the association had a dire need for strong leadership. Not only BA-DFW, but Jaharda selflessly gave himself equally to the Jadavpur University Alumni Association and the Vedanta Society of DFW.

An ever-smiling humble man, Jaharda was known for standing in earnest by any who needed even the slightest bit of assistance. Once the association was on firm footing, Jaharda moved on to his other passion, organizing and participating in many a play that was presented during Puja. The one thing we can never forget though was Jaharda’s utter delight in children. There’s not a baby, that was born between the late eighties and nineties, that didn’t spend a part of Puja in his arms.

We lost Jaharda to a long-lasting illness this Monday. Jaharda, you have departed physically, but you’ll never be able to leave BA-DFW.

We mourn the passing of one of our founder members and a much respected senior community leader, Mr. JAHAR NANDI. We pra...
10/29/2020

We mourn the passing of one of our founder members and a much respected senior community leader, Mr. JAHAR NANDI. We pray for our beloved Jahar-da's soul to rest in eternal peace!

Jahar Nandi - (Eulogy contributed by Sasvata Chatterjee) -

They came quietly. A family of four - husband, wife, and two little boys - moved from Chicago to Fort Worth. The epicenter of the small Bengali community of DFW at that time was Fort Worth. Little did that community know what an impact this family would have on them. Neither does the Bengali community here today realize that they are beneficiaries of the legacy of the Nandi family - Jahar, Shubhra, and the two boys we know as Boomba and Piku.

Jaharda, as he is universally known, a Civil Engineering graduate from Jadavpur University, moved here as an employee at Commanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, under construction at the time. The vast majority of the Bengali families had a wage earner at that plant, and the community was tight-knit as a result. As with Bengalis everywhere, a thriving cultural scene existed, albeit in people’s homes, complete with Saraswati and Durga Pujas. In 1984 a loosely structured association started to come together, and the events moved to school gymnasiums as the community grew. By 1987-88, when Jaharda came to DFW, the community was growing and it was apparent that a formally structured association would need to be formed.

The primary cheerleader behind forming an association was none other than Jaharda. Fresh from his experience at BAGC in Chicago, Jaharda provided valuable insight. Collaborating with two others from the community, a new constitution loosely based on the BAGC constitution was written and soon the formal Bengali Association of Dallas Fort Worth - BA-DFW - came into being.

The thriving BA-DFW of today, that we all belove, and which provides the Bengali cultural anchor to the community, will forever be indebted to Jaharda. He was involved in the organization of events as a committee member of BA-DFW for multiple terms, and there is nothing that he did not do. Being as unassuming as he was, Jaharda only became President much later when the association had a dire need for strong leadership. Not only BA-DFW, but Jaharda selflessly gave himself equally to the Jadavpur University Alumni Association and the Vedanta Society of DFW.

An ever-smiling humble man, Jaharda was known for standing in earnest by any who needed even the slightest bit of assistance. Once the association was on firm footing, Jaharda moved on to his other passion, organizing and participating in many a play that was presented during Puja. The one thing we can never forget though was Jaharda’s utter delight in children. There’s not a baby, that was born between the late eighties and nineties, that didn’t spend a part of Puja in his arms.

We lost Jaharda to a long-lasting illness this Monday. Jaharda, you have departed physically, but you’ll never be able to leave BA-DFW.

10/28/2020
Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW)

Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW)

Don't miss this versatile voice, as he comes back to enthrall us with his magical performance for our Bijoya concert - LIVE and INTERACTIVE, streamed directly from Kolkata - this Saturday, Oct 31st at 8:30pm CST.

10/28/2020
BA-DFW Durgotsav 2020 - KINJAL Message

Don't miss this versatile voice, as he comes back to enthrall us with his magical performance for our Bijoya concert - LIVE and INTERACTIVE, streamed directly from Kolkata - this Saturday, Oct 31st at 8:30pm CST.

10/28/2020

Timely adaptation of a classic - presented by the talented kids of our Bangla School - featured during the online coverage of our Virtual Durgotsav 2020!

10/26/2020

Thank you so much Rinku Bhattacharya Das for coming to our pujo and for your graceful performance in front of the Goddess!

10/26/2020

“আসছে বছর, এই শরতে, আবার এসো মা”! দশমীর পুজো শেষ, এ’বছরের মত বিসর্জন !!

Our heartfelt gratitude to the entire DFW Bengali Community for making our VIRTUAL DURGOTSAV 2020 an event to remember!

THANK YOU for your participation and overwhelming support! শুভ বিজয়া !

10/25/2020

Dhunuchi naach ....ঢাকের তালে, কোমোর দোলে, খুশিতে নাচে মন !!

বলো বলো দুগ্গা এলো, দুগ্গা এলো ! 🙏🏻
10/25/2020

বলো বলো দুগ্গা এলো, দুগ্গা এলো ! 🙏🏻

10/25/2020
Final Intro - Pujor Jalsa

About to premier in a few minutes ... don't miss this stellar guest artist presentation! A few words from our favorite S&S to kick off the show ...

10/24/2020
10/24/2020
10/24/2020
BADFW মায়ের মহাঅষ্টমপূজো ও মহাস্নান!🙏🏻🙏🏻
10/24/2020

BADFW মায়ের মহাঅষ্টমপূজো ও মহাস্নান!🙏🏻🙏🏻

10/24/2020
10/24/2020

মা’র চক্ষুদান ~ জাগো শক্তি, জাগো স্বপ্ন, জাগো জাগো উমা!

Opening evening at our VIRTUAL DURGOTSAV 2020 ... Almost ready for the main event!
10/24/2020

Opening evening at our VIRTUAL DURGOTSAV 2020 ...
Almost ready for the main event!

10/23/2020

শারদীয় শুভেচ্ছা! Best wishes of this auspicious festive season to you all!
Our much awaited VIRTUAL DURGOTSAV 2020 opens this evening!
As much as we'll miss seeing you in person this year, we are excited to share every aspect of our celebrations with you ~ note the event timings:

10/23/2020
BA-DFW PUJOR JALSA - Promo 2

Our Virtual Durgotsav 2020 is almost here! As the count down continues ... don't forget the timings of our star-studded guest artists program PUJOR JALSA coming to you in 3 segments ..
Saturday 24th @ 8:45pm and Sunday 25th @ 7:15pm and 8:15pm.

Here's another sneak peek: https://youtu.be/qfhUuep-QeI

BA-DFW PUJOR JALSA - Promo 2

10/22/2020
BA-DFW Pujo 2020 Fashion Show

Super excited to present our celebrity judge, Dr. Madhu Chopra (Priyanka Chopra's mom) for our PUJO FASHION SHOW featuring the lovely models of our BA-DFW family! Don't miss this show on the local cultural programs segment Saturday, 24th October 3pm at our VIRTUAL DURGOTSAV 2020!

Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW)
10/22/2020

Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW)

Finally Pujo esegeche!!! Pujor gondho is filled in the DFW air. Please find the full event calendar below. Please find the details of the "Professional Artist FB Events" on our page

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