11-13 October @ NZ Athia Trust Society
37 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Auckland
Probasee Bengalee Association of New Zealand, incorporated in 1998, is a non-profit cultural organisation founded mainly to uphold and promote the rich cultural heritage of Bengal and India in this distant land, which has been adopted as home by the migrant Bengalees. The association conducts cultural, religio-social programmes throughout the year with particular attention to youth, so that youngsters born and brought up in New Zealand do not forget their roots and get a taste of both worlds, India and New Zealand.
Probasee participates in various programmes organised by other groups, both Indian and non-Indian, and spreads the essence of Bengali (Indian) culture amongst the people of New Zealand.
Persons of all ages are encouraged to participate in various sports activities, like cricket, badminton and table tennis. A Bengali library maintained by Probasee, with a good stock of Bengali books and films, helps the members to keep in touch with their base. Membership is open to all who want to keep in touch with the Bengali language, literature and culture.
Migrants from India started settling in New Zealand more than a century ago. Bengalee migrants from India, however, started coming only in the late 1970's. In fact, there were only a handful of Bengalee settlers till the 1990's. Even then, a few families got together and organised the first Durga Puja in Auckland in 1992. With the passage of time, the Bengalee population increased and in 1998, Probasee Bengalee Association was formed. The association brought these religio-social functions under its umbrella and in 2010 organised their 19th annual Durga Puja.