Probini Foundation’s Baisakh New Year Celebration
On May 15, 2021
At a Queens Backyard Maintaining Covid’s Social Distancing
Probini Foundation Report
On a beautiful sunny Saturday, a few of the Probini friends got together to honor many of our dedicated supporters with Anath Bandhu (Friend of the Orphaned) and Samaj Bandhu (Friend of the Society) honors.
Here are some pictures of that event. Some of the missing honorees were Drs. Arvind & Kripa Chandrakantan of Texas, Rajinder and Jyoti Gandhi of New Jersey, Ms. Mita Banerji of Queens, Mrs. Joy Karim of Connecticut, and Rev. Arlene Wilhelm of Upstate New York.
Following out presentation of Annual Report by Shuvo G. Dastidar, foundation’s Executive Secretary, the presentation of awards was chaired by Sachi G. Dastidar, Probini’s chair of the Board.
Probini helps orphaned and poor students in Bangladesh, and in Indian States of West Bengal, Assam and Mizoram through donations received.
Because of Covid and extreme poverty Probini event raised funds to help Tuichawng area of Mizoram. Donation has already been sent to Sudip Chakma, a teacher and secretary of Probing-supported school in the village.
From 2022 Probini will merge with ISPaD or The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, also a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization of New York, also chaired by Sachi G. Dastidar.
Probini honorees were Ms. Linda Rennie of Long Island, and award presented by Ms. Lois Marbach, a noted Queens political activist;
Ms. Geeta Bhatt of Queens, and award presented by Lois Marbach;
Ms. Laura Healey of Long Island, and award presented by Prabal Mukherji, an eminent engineer of Long Island;
Mr. Gerardo Espinal of Queens, and award presented by Prabal Mukherji;
Mr. Dilip Chakravorti of Queens, and award presented by Swapna Mukherji, a noted engineer of Long Island with Dr. Shefali S. Dastidar, a Probini co-founder, and a planner of New York City.
Mrs. Nandita Bagchi of Long Island, with award presented by Ms. Cassandra Johnson, an attorney and a candidate for judgeship in Queens;
Mrs. Aloka Sinha of Queens, with award presented by Mr. Stuart Moore, a noted Long Island lawyer and social activist;
During the cultural program Mrs. Victorya Gumbs Moore, a judge on Long Island gave a brief speech, followed by reading of poems by Aloka Sinha and Nandita Bagchi. Sachi G. Dastidar then briefly talked about his recent book release. Little Shriya (Lakshmi) then enchanted everyone with her dance performance of a Tagore song "Duley duley fooley fooley..... (The flowers sway.....). After a short break. Dr. Kusumita P Pedersen read several poems of Sri Chinmoy from a book, Love the World: Selected Poems by Sri Chinmoy. The cultural program ended with a Tagore song "Ei to tomar prem.... (This is your love.....) by famous singer and founder of a performing arts school in Queens Mrs. Subhra Goswami, a retired New York City high school teacher.
Here are pictures of that event: