Welcome to BANC

Welcome to BANC, a 501(c)(3) organization, the official website of Bengali Association of North Carolina.

About Us

Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) is a cultural, charitable, social, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Bengali culture, education and social activities in and around the state of North Carolina. We welcome everybody interested in our culture and heritage to join us. Membership is open to any individual who subscribes to BANC’s mission. We pride ourselves in the rich cultural, social and networking experience we provide for the 200 or so member families that call this part of the world their home.

The history of BANC goes back all the way to 1988, when the organization was first known as North Carolina Bengali Association or NCBA and an executive committee formed. In 2008, we were recognized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Upcoming 2016 Events

View-from-Picnic-Pavillion-on-Big-Mirror-LakeAnnual Member Picnic

  • Saturday, August 27, 2016
  • Venue: Jordan Lake, Parker’s Creek Shelter #4

Each summer ends with our annual member picnic. For the last few years, our destination has been the pristine and beautiful Jordan Lake. Part of the North Carolina state park system, almost 14,000 acres of water and nine recreation areas on the lake — Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker’s Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area – fun is ensured! This event is free for members.  Learn more…

dhakiCall for Cultural Programs and Diganta Submissions: Durga Puja

  • October 7-9, 2016
  • Venue: East Chapel Hill High School

The call for cultural programs, literary submissions for Diganta and advertisements for Diganta at Durga Puja (Oct 7-9) is now open. Please submit completed forms online to ensure your spot on stage and in our annual publication as preference/selection of presentation is given on a first come first serve basis. Take a moment to read the application instructions and rules before submitting the forms. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Cultural Board at cultural_board@banc-online.org or with the Diganta Panel for literary submissions at diganta.panel@banc-online.org and for advertisements at advertisements@banc-online.org. Deadline for both cultural programs and Diganta is September 5, 2016. Learn more…