Bichitra, A Bengali Religious and Cultural Organization is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1974 that serves as the social and cultural front to the Bengalis of the Motown community.
Bichitra has been fostering greater understanding of the Bengali culture, literature and its traditions through cultural events and Bengali language school.
As this community grows, Bichitra is on to bigger and better things that continues to define the Bengali society.
Bichitra implies variety in the Bengali language. It also signifies the premier non-profit Bengali cultural organization founded 43 years ago in South East Michigan, by visionaries with an interest in the language, literature and culture of that distinguished east Indian State.
Bengal has been home to global figures such as renowned literateur and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Hindu spiritual leader and philosopher Swami Vivekananda, patriot and freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, archetypal humanist and missionary Mother Teresa, and more recently, Nobel Prize winning Economist Amartya Sen.
For the past 49 years Bichitra has been representing the Bengali community in Michigan, eastern Ontario, northern Ohio and northern Indiana, promoting integration through cultural and social activities open to all. Particular emphasis is placed on sustaining our culture and heritage, supporting the society we live in and reinforcing the future generation with meaningful values and equipping them to be responsible members of the community.
The autonomous Troy-based Bengali language school, Pathbhaban (news/website) was founded by some of the pioneer members of Bichitra and the Bengali community. Bichitra actively supports its program to provide a unique opportunity to learn and maintain proficiency in the language, and obtain a greater understanding of our cultural heritage.
Our members and guests represent a well-educated and successful cross-section of the Bengali-Indian and Bangladeshi community engaged in engineering, medicine, information technology, marketing, communications, music, the arts, business and other professional activities.
Bichitra is committed to promoting a richly diverse and harmonious blend of our great culture, heritage and values with today's hi-tech, fast-paced, success- driven environment; thereby nurturing responsible, mature, value-guided, exemplary new generations who will continue to be role models and enrich the world community in greater measure.