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International Bangla Festival & Book Fair 2016

May 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016


International Bangla Festival & Book Fair 2016 (আন্তর্জাতিক বাংলা উৎসব ও বইমেলা) will be held in New York from May 20 to May 22. The three-day event will cover many facets of Bangladeshi culture practiced and celebrated by Bangladeshi community living in New York City. This year will mark festival’s 25th anniversary. The festival is generally organized by Muktadhara Foundation of New York.

The primary aim of the International Bangla Festival & Book Fair or (Boi Mela, in general) is to celebrate Bangladeshi culture and heritage among expatriate Bangladeshi community living in North America. The festival works as a platform for Bangladeshi diaspora to meet and greet and enjoy cultural entertainment with family and friends. Literary discussions, book reviews, poetry recitation, music, dance, folk drama, children’s program, youth discussion, book fair, photo exhibition are part of the three-day event. A colorful souvenir will be published to mark the occasion.

Many publishers, writers, poets, singers, and literary personalities are expected to join from Bangladesh and West Bengal of India. Books can be purchased from book vendors. Various kinds of events are planned to celebrate the fair.

A Bangla Utsob Parade will be held at Diversity Plaza of Jackson Heights at 5:00 pm on Friday, 20th. The event has no entrance fee and all programs are free for all.

Program for Children

Bangla Writing
Age group 5-8 years: Bangla Vowels/Consonants
Age group 9-12 years: Any Bangla Poem (10 lines)
Age group 13-16 years: Thinking of New Generation
Contact: Nasrin Chowdhury, 718-295-0807

Age group 5-8 years: Village of Bangladesh
Age group 9-12 years: Ekushey February
Age group 13-16 years: Picture of Kazi Nazrul Islam
Contact: Jebu Chowdhury, 917-347-9018

Age group 5-8 years: Children’s Dance of Rabindranath/Nazrul
Age group 9-12 years: Modern/Folk Dance
Age group 13-16 years: Classical Dance
Contact: Sulekha Pal, 347-551-1240

Bangla Recitation
Age group 5-8 years: Bangla Rhyme
Age group 9-12 years: Bangla Poetry
Age group 13-16 years: Bangla Poetry
Contact: Parveen Sultana, 718-316-2492

Age group 5-8 years: Rhyme Music
Age group 9-12 years: Songs of Rabindranath/Nazrul
Age group 13-16 years: Patriotic Bangla Song
Contact: Alpona Guha, 646-696-5585

More information can be found here.


P.S. 69 Jackson Heights
77-02 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372


Bishawjit Saha, 347-656-5106
Hasan Ferdous, 917-655-9311
Tanveer Rabbani, 646-255-2397
Mosharraf Hossain, 718-314-4648
Muktadhara, 718-565-7258


May 20, 2016
May 22, 2016
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