The year 1972 – Atari bringing out the first generation of video games, the Swedish band ABBA bursting on the scene, NASA starting the Space Shuttle program, Fischer beating Spassky in chess, Brando starring in The Godfather, Watergate scandal, Dow crossing 1000, Bangladesh recognized by UN as a sovereign nation – the world witnessed spectacles that would forever be history. Meanwhile, a group of immigrant pioneers in the midwestern town of Cleveland, dared to formalize a group – Bengali Cultural Society of Cleveland, fondly calling it BCS.
Since that humble beginning, BCS has marched on and finds itself on the doorstep of history again. The year 2022 will mark 50 years of this organization – only the fourth Bengali organization in North America to cross this historic milestone.
To commemorate, we are planning a series of events and activities for 2022. Through it all, we would Remember, Reconnect, and Rejoice.
We would look back and Remember the last five decades. We would bring you stories from the past, introduce you to the personalities who gave and continue to give BCS its colors, and build a digital archive of photos, videos, and creatives that adorned the Pujo magazines.
The events would provide an opportunity to Reconnect – with our friends and family, and the former BCS members who may be now spread across different corners of the globe. Through the virtual events and the physical events, we would re-build the large BCS community, even if all of us may not be together anymore.
And we will Rejoice! The spirit of bangaliyana, the beautiful sight and sound of the Bengali language, our Bengali art and culture – this splendid tapestry will be on full display through a series of events in 2022.
To cap it all, a mega-event is being planned at the Cleveland Convention Center from Sep 2-4, 2022.
Excited? So are we. Stay tuned for updates, get involved. And in the meanwhile, enjoy the toddler steps that we have taken towards building this digital archive.
Image courtesy Ashoke & Swapna Banerjee