The 10th Annual Bangamela, sponsored by the Mid America Bengali Association, was held in Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of COBCA, the Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association on July 18th, 19th & 20th 2008 at The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel and the Capitol Theatre. US-Bangladesh-India business forum was held on July 17 at the Renaissance Hotel.

The word Bangamela literally means a confluence of Bengalis (people with roots in Bengal, India and Bangladesh) at a fair showcasing Bengal's artistic, cultural and literary heritage. Consistent with the constitution of Mid America Bengali Association (MABA), our objective is to recreate the rich cultural heritage of West Bengal, India and Bangladesh during BangaMela 2008 (BM2008) at Columbus, Ohio USA. Bengal is blessed with a rich and diverse culture. The event also promoted multicultural enrichment in the mid-America region through participation in this diversified cultural event. The programs, forums, exhibitions and various activities were designed to promote cultural and business exchange between Northern America, India and Bangladesh.

Thanks to Sujoy Nath for capturing the event with his Sony DVD Handycam and sharing the same with us.

O Amar Desher Mati - 1

Announcement by Nandini Mandal

O Amar Desher Mati - 2

"Chal Re Chal Sabe" & "Baan Eseche Mara Gange"

O Amar Desher Mati - 3

"Dhitang Dhitang Bole" & "Hei Samalo"

O Amar Desher Mati - 4

"Pathe Ebar Namo Sathi"

O Amar Desher Mati - 5

"Oi Ujjala Din"

Nidrita Mitra-Sinha