It all started in the summer of 2017 when a casual chat over cup of coffee between Manoj, Rishi, Rimi and Deb turned into serious thoughts. There was fathomless enthusiasm & craziness to organize Durga Puja in Helsingborg. Many who heard of this initially were apprehensive as we have very low density of Bengalis and all are IT Consultants with no distant vision of long term stay. But, barring it all they kept approaching people. Gradually they gained support from others - Pinky Ray, Judhajit Dasgupta, Arijit Bhattacharjee, Dibyendu Das, Nirupom Das and Susanta Sarkar. Soon, they realized that nothing could stop them from achieving this. This led to the formation of ‘Bengali Cultural Society of South Sweden’ (BCSofSS).
With just 2 months in hand, they dived into the preparation. They skipped lunch, shortened sleep duration, missed time with their families, worked day and night to make Durgotsav 2017 a success. And what a success it was - an idol from Kolkata, an attractive venue, an attendance of 400-500 devotees each day coming from cities like Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Malmö, Almhult etc, 2000 meals served, 250 minutes of cultural programs!! Mousam and Arijit made the impossible possible, the two purohits who did it for the first time and made it absolutely perfect; Rishi and his team arranged 2000+ delicious bhog for all the devotees; Manoj provided excellent services all throughout inspite of severe family difficulties; Pinky di and Judhajit da kept us motivated throughout; Nirupom was the star performer with all his relentless efforts; Rimi and her team organised and coordinated 250 minutes of cultural programs in just 2 months. And thats not all. Guess what !!- Shirshendu and Mousam published the magazine Shuonpoka 2017 in almost no time.
BCSofSS is now a registered Non Profit Organization in Helsingborg Kommun bearing the registration number : 802511-1140. We try to keep enjoying Bangaliyaana in Sweden by organizing several Bengali events throughout the year. Contact us @ to read the statutes of our organisation.
The Board of BCSSofSS for the year 2019-2020 is as follows:
President: Pinky Ray
Vice President: Manoj Chakraborty
Secretary: Soumen Dutta
Treasurer: Dibyendu Das
Executive Members: Anirudhdha Pradhan, Subhasish Mondal, Bidyut K Mondal
The previous years' Board composition can be found in the links below: