The Bengalee Association was founded and registered under The Societies Act on 16th September 1959. Initially it came into existence in the form of a public Library named Bharati Pathagar in 1950.
Subsequently it was transformed into a cultural platform while performing Tagore's birth Anniversary. Ultimately the constitution was formulated and registered in 1959. The present building of the Association near Ulsoor Lake on Asseye Road was built in 1980 and has been expanded twice, once during 1995-96 and again in the year 2000.
Tagore Cultural Centre under the aegis of The Bengalee Association, developed itself into an embodiment of our rich cultural heritage within the guiding principle of the Upanishad "Basudhaiba Kutumbakam". The Bengalee Association has two definite directions of its activities and services. Primarily it is a social commitment, a home away from home, a link between varied communities, a mouthpiece to the local administration and a solace to the people in distress. On the other hand, essentially it is a platform to propagate our rich cultural heritage, an arena to pursue integration of cultural diversity of our country, an institution to cultivate cultural passion.
Activities of the Association is directed by its constitution of memorandum and bye-laws and governed by two statutory bodies. One is The Board of Trustees which is the custodian of immovable properties and looks after the allocation of funds. Other is the Executive Committee, responsible for all the activities and implementation of the Plans & Programmes. Both these bodies are elected in the Annual General Meeting.
To support the activities of the Association two wings were created with specific objectives. One is the Ladies Wing and other is Krishti - The Theatre Wing of the Association. Considering the very large population of Bengali youth in Bangalore, the Association has recently launched a Youth Wing, to give them a platform to showcase their multi-faceted talents and utilise their creative energy. The youth wing would be run entirely by the youth under the aegis of the Association, enabling them to develop their leadership and organizational skills.
The Association has a well stocked library of Bengali books and some English books. A House Bulletin is published quarterly for information updates and private circulation.
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