Third regional Bengali sammelan held in Atlanta
Folk dance by a local group of "next-gen" Bengalis. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)
The Atlanta Bengali community feted on Bengali food, music, dance, films, plays, sari and jewelry shopping opportunities, and “adda” for three days, June 29 through July 1, 2012 at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. It was the third Regional Bengali Conference, hosted by Atlanta’s Pujari group. Every July the North American Bengalis get to see their favorite singers and performing artists from Kolkata as they come to participate in one of the three sammelans or conferences now held in various U.S. cities.
Singer Abhijeet rocks the stage.
Atlanta got the opportunity to listen to wellknown singers Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Ujjaini Mukherjee, Srikanto Acharya, Swagata Dey, Indranil Sen, Saheb Chatterjee, witness performances by Tanusree Shankar Dance Company, listen to recitations and play-readings by Aishwarya Basu, Ramaditya Ray, Averee Chaurey, see recent-release-films and discuss them with filmmaker Sandip Ray, and listen to poet Bithi Chattopadhyay, writers Ranjan Bandopadhyay and Tridib Chatterjee.
Sutapa Ray gives a cooking demonstration.
Apart from three days of cultural shows by artists from India and from local U.S. Bengali groups, there was a Business Forum inaugurated by Indian Consulate General the Hon. Ajit Kumar, with active participation from the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, respected professors Dr. Jagdish Sheth and Dr. Govind Hariharan, representatives from Georgia’s Indian-American entrepreneurs such as Lalit Dhingra, and presentations by the Georgia Dept. of Labor, immigration lawyers, HR specialists, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and Bucky Johnson, the mayor of Norcross.
A locally produced dance program depicted immigrant struggles. (Photos: Suzanne Sen)
A Medical Forum was also held on the second day, opened by Dr. Manmohan Gupta, ex-president GAPI, with presentations by several Indian businesses and healthcare professionals.
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