Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the annual membership fee for being a Bangla-O-Biswa member?
Bangla-O-Biswa offers annual membership. Being a non-profit organization, our aim is to balance our income with the expenditures.
Thus, the membership fee is adjusted every year depending on our expenditure. Membership rates are different for individuals and families.
The current rates may be obtained from our membership page
- How do I become a Bangla-O-Biswa member?
To become a member, you have different options to choose from that best fits your requirements. Payments can either be made by check to "Bangla O Biswa" or by cash at the Picnic or Durga Puja event.
Checks to be made payable to Bangla-O-Biswa and endorse as "deposit only" on the back.
You can also mail your check to the current Treasurer.
3 Egret Circle
Shrewsbury MA 01545
Please note that Bangla-O-Biswa does not have a pro-rated membership system. Our membership is for one year and starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th of the following year.
- Can I participate in Bangla-O-Biswa’s annual events without being a member?
Yes. In order to participate in Bangla-O-Biswa’s events you have to make a contribution to cover our costs by paying the Non-Member fees.
- When does Bangla-O-Biswa’s financial year begin?
For tax-filing purposes, Bangla-O-Biswa follows the January to December financial year but the membership year is from July 1st to June 30th of the following year.
- When are my membership fees due?
You will have to renew your membership each year. Membership fees for one time payment are due by Durga Puja of that year.
If you choose to become a Member by event you will have to pay the membership fees during the event plus the fees for those events. Membership fees will have to be paid only once during the membership year.
- What are Bangla-O-Biswa events and special events?
Bangla-O-Biswa organizes six regular events during each year:
- Saraswati Puja
- Basanta Utsav (Spring Festival
- Members Appreciation day (Annual Picnic)
- Durga Puja
- Kali Puja
- Holiday Celebration party
Besides it may also organize special fund-raising events for the relief of distress and other charitable causes involving Bengali and other Indian traditional and contemporary music, drama and dance performances.