PRANTIK is a partner of Sanskriti for NABC 2019
PRANTIK, meaning an association in a far corner of the world, was born in 1973. It was born out of the deep connection felt by Bengali speaking people who came from South Asia to the Baltimore area.
From the late 1960s through the mid-70s there was a large influx of South Asians coming to the United States. Some came as students and others as immigrants. Many of these were Bengalis. The Baltimore area also experienced a significant increase in Bengali population.
The Bengali population of Baltimore area felt the need to organize so that the traditions and culture of Bengal could be preserved among the Bengalis in this area. In the early days, the enthusiasts organized cultural programs and puja ceremonies without the formation of an association. These included Tagore birth anniversary (held in 1971); Bijoya Sammelan (held in 1971); and a summer picnic (held in 1972).