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Organized by by BUFLA (Bangladesh Unity Federation of Los Angeles)

Saturday March 29th and Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Venue: Shatto Recreation Center on 4th street and on the city block involving Shatto Place, 6th Street, Vermont Avenue and 4th Street, Los Angeles, California.

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

The Saturday event was marked by a significant event brochure, a seminar attended by the chief guest and other distinguished guests, speeches, exhibits, recognitions, children's picture drawing and poetry recitation contest, stalls of Bangladeshi food and nativities and cultural programs with melodious songs, drama and colorful dances, etc. The event took place in three distinct parts;

Inaugural Program:

The programs was preceded by an inaugural ceremony by hoisting US, Bangladesh and BUFLA flags by Sheriff Lee Baca, Bangladesh Hon. Consul General Abu Zafar and Dr. Mahbub Khan followed by recitation from Al-Qur'an in Arabic, English and in Bangla. US And Bangladeshi National anthems ensued immediately after the Qur'an recitation. One beautiful dance was offered by members of Bangla Pathshala. Dr. Mahbub Khan, Chief Coordinator of BUFLA gave welcome address to the dignitaries and the audience. Flowers offered by children to the dignitaries. The Los Angeles City Sheriff Lee Baca offered his speech to the audience. The LA city Mayors office presented a LA City office plaque to Dr. Mahbub Khan, BUFLA's Chief Coordinator. The Los Angeles City Sheriff Lee Baca also officially announced Bangladesh Day which now became a tradition. Consul Generals from 9 countries has been in the parade along with many other dignitaries including senior elected officials of the City of Los Angeles and suburban cities, business executives and other distinguished citizens presented their speeches to the audience. Many of the Senators and members of the US Congress and California State Assembly has not been able to join the parade because of Democratic convention in San Jose, California.

Seminar:

This part of the was conducted by Ismail Hossain run in parallel with the children's program.

Children's Picture drawing and Poetry recitation contest:

This part of the event was conducted by Monowar Hossain Bhaia. An unforeseen number of children took part in this program with their beautiful picture drawing and their poetry recitations.

Saturdays Cultural Program:

The cultural program was scripted by Dr. M. A. Hashem of Uttoron with close assistance by Khaleed Hossain of Jalshaghar Entertainment. Unlike any other cultural programs that took place in the past in and around Los Angeles, the Bangladesh Day has offered a unique cultural show staged by 12 organizations. Each of the participating organizations arranged their own part of show at their own expense and worked relentlessly to stage their part of show as an excellent piece of presentation.
  • Bangla Pathshala: Children of Bangla Pathshala presented a beautiful dance was offered by members of Bangla Pathshala.
  • MUNA: 2 songs by Anisur Rahman and his team.
  • BWOC: 2 songs presented by Denny Tayyib and Mithu Chowdhury.
  • Jalshaghar Entertainment: 2 Piano song playing by Kamal Khan, a choreography dance by Tasnuva Toha, Fariba Toha and Samira Morshed, 1 songs by Ria Hasan, 2 songs by Khaleed Hossain and 2 songs by Dr. Shah Alam. A chorus has been postponed due to timelimit.
  • Rhythm: Songs by Shelley, Krishna Pal, Roni Chowdhury, Dance by Mita Hoque.
  • Uttoron: Moutushi Chowdhury and Sejuti Rahman presented 2 dances.
In addition to the organizations individual artists also performed in the Saturdays Cultural show. Among them were Roni Chowdhury, Shahnaj Bulbul, Rolen,

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Parade:

Parade started at 12:30 PM on Shatto Place at 6th Street and ended at Shatto Recreation Center on 4th Street at 2:30 PM. This has been 2nd Parade in Los Angeles to celebrate the Bangladesh Day with joy, pride, and resounding glory. The city block involving Shatto Place, 6th Street, Vermont Ave and W. 4th street was crowded by people from Bangladeshi-American community and watching the colorful parade waving Bangladeshi and American flags in their hands. The Los Angeles City Sheriff Lee Baca has opened the parade in presence of other dignitaries. At least 26 organizations from Bangladeshi-American community participated in the parade with their beautiful banners.

Speech:

This part started with recitation from Al-Qur'an in Arabic, English and in Bangla. US And Bangladeshi National anthems ensued immediately after the Qur'an recitation. One beautiful dance was offered by members of Bangla Pathshala. Dr. Mahbub Khan, Chief Coordinator of BUFLA gave welcome address to the dignitaries and the audience. Flowers offered by children to the dignitaries. The Los Angeles City Sheriff Lee Baca offered his speech to the audience. The LA city Mayors office presented a LA City office plaque to Dr. Mahbub Khan, BUFLA's Chief Coordinator. The Los Angeles City Sheriff Lee Baca also officially announced Bangladesh Day which now became a tradition. Consul Generals from 9 countries has been in the parade along with many other dignitaries including senior elected officials of the City of Los Angeles and suburban cities, business executives and other distinguished citizens presented their speeches to the audience. Many of the Senators and members of the US Congress and California State Assembly has not been able to join the parade because of Democratic convention in San Jose, California.

Sundays Cultural Program:

The cultural program was scripted by Dr. M. A. Hashem of Uttoron with close assistance by Khaleed Hossain of Jalshaghar Entertainment. Sundays cultural show staged by artists from Los Angeles, Arizona and Bangladesh. All artists endeavored to stage their part of show as an excellent piece of presentation.
  • Bangla Pathshala: Children of Bangla Pathshala presented a beautiful dance was offered by members of Bangla Pathshala.
  • MUNA: 2 songs by Anisur Rahman and his team.
  • BWOC: 2 songs presented by Denny Tayyib and Mithu Chowdhury.
  • Gaaner Mela: 2 Songs by Annie Jilani
  • Jalshaghar Entertainment: 1 song by Khaleed Hossain and 1 song by Dr. Shah Alam. A chorus has been postponed due to time limit.
  • Melo-Drama (Geety Alekhya): Offered by various artists of Sountern California including Roni Chowdhury, Ria Hasan, Zaman, Mahfuja Shilpy, Shahnaj Bulbul and many others
In addition to the organizations individual artists also performed in the Saturdays Cultural show. Among them were Roni Chowdhury, Shahnaj Bulbul, Rolen,

This program drew a striking number of audiences. Famous Bangladeshi devotional and folk singer Momtaj offered her devotional and folk. Jyoti Prakash provided Tabla assistance to the Sunday Cultural show.

PA system was provided by Cosmos Sound & Stage and worked fair with some malfunction.

To view photographs please click here Bangladesh Day 2008 Photographs


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