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Collage of Impressions from the Banga Sammelan

August 2002
Collage of Impressions from the Banga Sammelan

?Experiencing Bangla Sammelan is like experiencing a piece of Bangla culture sitting thousands miles from it's origin. It is noticed everywhere from the auditorium to the food courts, from hotel lounge to local streets: the laid back life of Bengalis... leaving it's footsteps in the heart of Atlanta. Everyone seems to have the tendency of just relaxing and talking, debating over culture, politics, life and memories from all over ? what we call ?adda? or conversing. Such spontaneous adda begins even between strangers soon after the obligatory ?Namasker? (greetings)? ? Pradeep Ghosh, Washington, D.C.

?The number of people gathering at Banga Shommelan, shows the soulful cultural connection of Bengalis. It feels like I am still in Bengal.? Suman Chattapadhay, Executive Editor, Anandabazar Patrika, Calcutta, India.

?I always come to attend the Shammelan. It is like my soul food. I renew it every year.? Rana Bose, Silicon Valley, California.

?Hai majhe holo chharachari gelem ke kothai, abar dekha jodi hoi shokha praner majhey ai... (We got separated for time being, if we see each other again, come to my heart...). That?s what I feel when I see all my people together.?���Pradip Banerjee, Freemont, California

?I like adda... anytime... every time.? Aparna Bhattacharya, Atlanta

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