Early Days

Bengalis started settling in Western Australia in the late 60s and early 70s. By the early 1970s Bengali families in Perth started informal socialising. During this period, arrivals from East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) were also part of this small social network.

The social get-togethers were informal till 1976 when the first Saraswati Puja was held at Morley Community Hall. Informal cultural programs were also organised during the evening and a souvenir was published. The beginning was a triumph. Afterwards Saraswati Puja became an annual event.

In the early 80s “Bengali Music & Cultural Centre” (BMCC) was formed and the centre started to promote cultural heritage of Bengal through organised lessons on vocal music, dance and Bengali language. Annual program and other cultural and social functions were part of its yearly activities. During the same time the community started celebrating Mahalaya.

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