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The Bengali Association of Indiana (BAI) is a non-profit socio-cultural organization.  The main objectives of BAI are to engage in educational, cultural, and religious celebrations of Bengal and the Indian subcontinent.  We foster the spirit of friendship and cooperation among our members and local and global communities.   The membership is open to all who believe in the objectives of the BAI, irrespective of race, religion, color, gender, age or national origin.

 

November 08, 2014

IAI Diwali at Murat Theater starting from 5:00pm

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Dr. Jnanendra Kumar Bhattacharjee

Dr. Jnanendra Kumar Bhattacharjee died Tuesday October 7, 2014 at Fort Hamilton Hospital, Hamilton, Ohio at the age of 78.

A long-time resident of Oxford, Ohio, he was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh.  Following his studies at MC College and Dhaka University, he obtained a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.  He became a Professor of Microbiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1968 where he remained for 40-plus years, most recently as an Emeritus Professor.  Over the years, he has received many awards and recognition for his outstanding research, successful teaching career and dedicated service to Miami University and the Oxford community.

Dr. Bhattacharjee has served as President of the Oxford Kiwanis Club and as Board of Director and President of the Oxford Community Foundation.  He has received Kiwanis’ Hixon Award for outstanding service, the outstanding Circle K Advisor of Ohio, a Mayor's proclamation and Oxford's Citizen of the Year among other awards.

Dr. Bhattacharjee was a leader amongst the Indian communities of the Tri-State region of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.  A very ardent supporter of the Hindu Society of Greater Cincinnati, Dr. Bhattacharjee played a key role in the establishment of the new, inclusive, Hindu temple in Batavia.  He was one of a small group of visionaries who, thirty years ago, founded the Tri-State Durga Puja, a fall festival attended by more than 1,000 people from more than three states, most recently held on September 27 and 28.  He was a founder of Agrani (the Bengali Society of Greater Cincinnati).  A great philanthropist, Dr. Bhattacharjee established the effort to annually raise funds for the Free-Store Food Bank in commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.  He led the fund drive efforts in support of the American Red Cross following the devastating tsunami and following cyclones, floods, and earthquakes in his native Bangladesh and India.

Dr. and Mrs.  Bhattacharjee have established a Microbiology scholarship/endowed fund at Miami University and a children's education endowed fund at the Oxford Community Foundation, among other philanthropic projects.

Dr. Bhattacharjee is survived by his wife of 45 years, Tripti, his son Gourab of San Diego, CA, and his daughter Mala of Brooklyn, NY.  Visitation will be on Friday, October 10, from 4:00-7:00 PM, at the Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Home, 5086 College Corner Pike, Oxford. Hindu cremation services will be held Saturday, October 11, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Gwen-Mooney Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Oxford Community Foundation, 22 East High St, Oxford, OH 45056, (www.oxfordfdn.org/donate.html) with a memo directed to the J.K and Tripti Bhattacharjee Needy Children’s Fund.

Condolences may be sent online to www.oglepaulyoungfuneralhome.com.

 

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BAI donated $ 750 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana at 

Sharod Sandya on Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Bengali Association of Indiana (BAI) donated $ 750 to the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana at BAI’s annual fall festival celebration (Sharod Sandhya 2013) on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Mr. David Moore, the Chief Advancement Officer of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, accepted the check for $ 750 from BAI’s fundraising committee members, Mr. Arnab Bag and Dr. Saumyadip Dasgupta.  Mr. Moore met with the president of BAI, Mrs. Kalyani Bose, thanked the audience for the donation, and requested the involvement of BAI members in volunteering for the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.

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