The Journey Continues...

Cultural activities became irregular during mid and late 90s though sporadic informal cultural celebrations continued in small groups. During this period participation from BAWA for the Indian Independence Day celebration was however regular. Through 90s and the first decade of the new millennium, many more Bengali families came to settle in Perth. The number of members of the community grew, so did the level of enthusiasm. In 1999, the Bengali Community presented a cultural evening at Nexus, Murdoch University, staging various songs, dance, skits and the play Chokhe Angul Dada. A wide spectrum of the community got involved in it.

Shortly afterwards, there was a change in management committee of BAWA and in 2000 the constitution was amended through a special general meeting. In 2000, BAWA organised its first ever annual cultural concert at Nexus, producing a number of skits, musical performances, dance performances, mime and a restaging of Khyatir Birombona. Since then Annual Cultural Concert has been a regular feature.

Staging of drama became an annual event of BAWA. Through this period, a number of full-length plays, short plays, dance-dramas, children’s play and Shruti-natak were produced by BAWA. For a comprehensive list of the productions please click here. Starting 2002, an annual literary magazine Oikyotaan has also been published regularly.

Duing the last 10 years, BAWA also hosted few music concerts by celebrity artistes such as Pramita Mallick (2002), Anup Ghosal (2006), Purbayan Chatterjee (2008), Kabir Suman (2009) and Subhomita (2009).

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