About Us

Did you know that the US Government considers the Bengali language to be a critical language for the future of our country? Bengali is the 7th most spoken language in the world. For this reason and more, the US State Department believes in establishing relationships with the Bengali language and people for future development and prosperity. We hope our organization can help with bridging the gap between American and Bengali cultures. The Bengali Kids of Princeton Area (BKPA) members have distinct cultural identities as American Bengalis, and in this rapidly globalizing world, we believe it is important to forge connections across cultures and countries.

To put it simplistically, BKPA is a unique organization. Our goal is to learn about our rich Bengali Heritage and Culture in a FUN way! Kids are the base, foundation, and strength of this organization. BKPA was founded almost fifteen years ago by a small group of Bengali kids and has grown ever since. Our organization focuses on four pillars of instruction: Education, Cultural, Literary and Charity. As American Bengali Kids, our goals are to pursue higher education, establish ourselves as good citizens, give back to the local and global community, and learn about our Bengali Heritage while continuing the legacy of our rich Bengali culture.

BKPA holds Bengali Heritage Class every Saturday, where members learn about their heritage, culture, and language throughout the year. The Bengali Heritage Class recently developed a four-level curriculum for members who wish to learn how to speak, write, and read the Bengali language. Moreover, BKPA has finalized this curriculum by publishing four workbooks, one for each level of the curriculum, respectively. Bengali Heritage Class also teaches us teamwork, leadership skills, public speaking, professionalism, and values that promote hard work, honesty, discipline, fairness, and respect. Our teachers help us to prepare for college by holding resume workshops, practicing writing skills, identifying community work and Summer Internships for the high school years. BKPA gives its members the opportunity to have a never-ending learning experience. Come join our Bengali Heritage Class and find out how much FUN it is!

Our past highlights include performing at NABC 2010 in Atlantic City, Milan Mela 2012 and 2014, UTSOV's Durga Pujas, Princeton Public Library 2015, and Asian American Heritage Festival 2016. In addition, we host five yearly events (Saraswati Puja, Bengali New Year, Summer Picnic, Kali Puja, and Holiday Gathering), and participate in both domestic and international charity causes such as March of Dimes Walk, performance at local nursing homes, and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Upcoming events


Click here to see our calender of events. Here are some of the upcoming events:

Charitable Walk - Sunday, September 24 - Princeton

Kali Puja - Saturday, Oct 21 - Tagore Hall at Ananda Mandir

Winter Holiday Trip - Saturday, December 30 - Bucks County, PA

Past events:


Picnic - Sunday, August 20 , Mercer County Park

Fathers’ Day - Saturday, June 10, Plainsboro

Mothers’ Day -Saturday, May 13, Plainsboro

Founders Day - Saturday, May 7, Plainsboro

Noboborsho Lunch - Sunday, April 16 - Crown of India

Saraswati Puja - Saturday, Feb 11 Ananda Mandir

The President's Corner

BKPA Presidents for 2017
Welcome message from the Co-Presidents

Hello everyone!

  We are looking forward to a year filled with fun and learning . If you have any ideas for Bangla Class or Group Events, please send us an email! ​

Your Co-Presidents,
​​Mitali and Sahil

Meet our committee members



Co-Presidents:

Sahil Banerjee,
Mitali Chowdhury,

Vice Presidents:

Sanjukta Mahata,
Sohan Pramanik,

Executives :

Sahil Banerjee, Mitali Chowdhury,
Sanjukta Mahata, Sohan Pramanik

Officers:

Anisha Das, Anushka Purkayastha

Staff:

Shalin Banerjee, Reyan Bhattacharjee,
Anish Bhattacharya, Pratyush Chakraborty,
Ishani Chowdhury, Ayan Das, Bipasha Mazumdar,
Biswajoy Mazumdar, Saraswati Mookerjee,
Ayushee Mukhopadhyay, Nidhi Pramanik,
Akansha Purkayastha, Saesha Purkayastha,
Swarnab Roy, Arush Sanbui

Assistants :

Amolika Chatterjee, Raima Bhattacharjee,
Mia Saha, Mritsha Saha, Raj Saha,
Rishi Sanbui, Roopkatha Bagchi

Our Bengali Heritage Class


The Bengali Heritage Class (BHC) concentrates in exposing kids to our rich Bengali language, culture, heritage, and help them to learn the material in a FUN WAY. Adults are also welcome to join. Please see our Curriculum for detailed information. The class truly provides a never ending learning experience for those who are truly interested in learning. Students receive certificates, ribbons, or medals after completion of each level. Bengali Heritage Class meets every Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Plainsboro Municipal Complex

Class Schedule:

1:55 - Arrival
2:00 - 2:20 Conversation in Bangla
2:20 - 2:45 Learn new words + Writing
2:45 - 3:10 Choir or Recitation Practice
3:10 - 3:45 Dance or Natok Practice
3:45 - 4:00 Re-gather for announcements & Snack

Our Members


The Bengali Kids of Princeton Area (BKPA) is a unique organization for kids between the ages of 5 to 17. Members enjoy learning about the rich Bengali culture, heritage, and language. By becoming a member of this organization, kids will learn leadership skills, give back to the community, and take part in the following events.

Bengali Heritage Class: every Saturday from September through June

Annual Events: Saraswati Pujo, Bengali Heritage Day, Summer Picnic, Kali Pujo, Holiday Play Outing

Charitable Work: March of Dimes Walk; Performances at Local Nursing Homes in Princeton, NJ; Volunteer with Poets Foundation, and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, both in Calcutta, India.

Outings: Full and half day outings during Spring and Summer breaks

Our Sponsors


We would like to thank our sponsors:

STI Pharma, LLC
www.stipharmallc.com

New York Life Insurance Company
Agent: Ms. Samragnee Majumdar

Would you like to sponsor our events? Contact events@bkpa.org

Program Abroad in Kolkata for High School Students


During your next trip to Kolkata, we can help you achieve experiences of a lifetime in two different areas:

Charitable Work – Kolkata is a great place for those who are interested in giving back to the society by volunteering at some unique places and earning meaningful community service hours.

Physician Shadowing Program – Shadow physicians at prestigious research hospitals in Kolkata. Observing qualified surgeons, doctors, and nurses in action throughout different parts of the hospital will give you a unique insight into medicine practiced in developing countries. This BKPA pioneered program will definitely give you a competitive edge on your college application.

Each program requires at least 2 weeks. We will custom design your program based on your needs and requirements!
If you are interested, write to bkpa@bkpa.org
Subject Line should read – “Program Abroad in Kolkata”.

Other Information


~~ Places to Visit inside Kolkata to strengthen kids’ knowledge of
Bengali Heritage & Culture ~~


Kolkata Town Hall (History of Kolkata & Famous Bengalis in 2 hours)
https://www.kmcgov.in/KMCPortal/jsp/KolkataPanorama.jsp

Home of Rabindranath Tagore - "Jorasanko Thakur Bari"
http://kolkatacitytours.com/rabindranath-tagore-house-jorasanko-thakur-bari/

Home of Swami Vivekananda
http://www.vivekananda.net/HistoricalPreservation/PressInformationBureau.html

Academy of Fine Arts
http://www.indianholiday.com/best-of-india/museums-art-galleries/academy-of-fine-arts.html

View handmade items from Bengal and all over India
http://www.cottageemporium.in/myccic/products.php

~~ Places outside of Kolkata for kids ~~

Belur Math
http://belurmath.org/

Shantiniketan & VISVA-BHARATI
http://www.westbengaltourism.gov.in/web/guest/shantiniketan
http://www.visva-bharati.ac.in/

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~~ A list of places to visit, shop, and dine in Kolkata ~~
http://kolkatacitytours.com/

~~ A list of places to visit outside Kolkata ~~
http://westbengaltourism.gov.in/web/guest/kolkata-nearbyplaces