Dipak Sarkar is coordinator for BASC Compliance Committee. He has served BASC for several years as member of the Executive Committee. Dipak is founding President of Pratham in Los Angeles. Pratham educates poor children in the slums and villages of India and is now the largest NGO in India. Dipak is a petroleum consultant by profession and an active community worker.
Dr. Somangsu Bhattacharya has been involved with BASC since 1982. He has served in the Executive Committee in different capacity for many years, including the Puja Committee Chairman once. He has performed at least six dramas under BASC banner. Professionally a physician from AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi), and having resided in the UK, and New York City area, he has been a permanent resident of Southern California since 1982. His wife Manisha and he have three children – Mita, Jayita, and Abhijit, and three grand-daughters – Maya, Anjali, and Sheila. Dr. Bhattacharya’s is avidly interested in gardening, playing tennis, golf and bridge, and whenever possible some “nirbhejaal adda” without politics.
He had been President of India Association of San Joaquin Valley (Bakersfield), Kern County Medical Society, Chairman of the Board of Directors Mercy Hospital and currently serves in the Board of Directors of Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. He is a Rotarian and through his family foundation he has been involved in philanthropy in US and India. He has built a temple in his ancestral home in Chandannagore and through the temple various educational, cultural, medical and social programs are carried out on a regular basis.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Cultural Association of Bengal, Physician of the Year award by the Mercy Hospital, Recognition was given by BASC and the Citizens of Chandannagore for his contribution in the medical and cultural fields.
His hobbies include collecting antiquarian Indian books, coins, art and artifacts. He loves to travel and spend time with his family. He is married to Asita (Dolly) and has two children Misti and Indra and three grand children Amrita, Roshni and Kalyan.
Dr. Madangopal Mukhopadhyay has been a resident of Southern California and a member of BASC since 1978. He is well known to the members of BASC as he has been associated with various cultural activities of BASC for a long time. From reciting “Chandi” during the Durga Puja to participating in plays during Natto Mela he is a familiar face to the Los Angeles area Bengalis.
He is a published author of two plays, one of which was staged in Los Angeles not too long ago. His book Bidesher Chiti had been published by the Ananda Publishers. His many article, poetries, travelogues stories had been published in prestigious journals like Desh, Marg, Kirtibas, Godhuli Mon, Golpomela, etc. He has been a regular contributor to Kheya and is a member of the Editorial Board. He was the editor of the literary journal Taishe which was published in Los Angeles during the annual Bongo Sammelan (NABC)that year.
Maitreyee Chakraborty has been living in Los Angeles for the past 24 years. Her relationship with BASC goes back to two decades - she does not remember when she wasn't a member. She works in a market research firm and teaches vocal music to children on weekends. She lives with three awesome men named Raja, Karna and Shayok and a canine girl named Aka. She is a trained vocalist and an avid fan of all things Tagore. She is passionate about singing and has performed for BASC numerous times. She served in the Executive Committee from 2007 to 2010 and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee.
Sharmistha Chakraborty is a member of the newly appointed BASC Advisory Board. Since moving to Los Angeles about 25 years ago she has been involved with BASC in various capacities. Initially she started with participation and performance in local Bengali programs as a dancer and before she knew she made some good friends and became an active during BASC Pujas and other yearly events. However formally she joined BASC as an executive member in 1989 under Moni da’s ( Dr Moni Ghosh) presidency. Since then she has been a member of the Executive Committee twice and has also served as a treasurer one term.
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