Bengali Community of Greater St. Louis
Punascha is a US non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing and promoting Bengali and Indian culture among the residents of Greater St. Louis.
Who We Are
History and Mission
A handful of Bengalis in St. Louis were holding events since early 1980’s. As the number of families and events started to grow, a non-profit organization PUNASCHA was incorporated and formalized in 1987. The name was inspired from Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s literary work. PUNASCHA means “repeat or new dimension”. We picked the name to signify a continuance of celebration of our heritage and traditions in our new home, St. Louis.
We strive to foster the indomitable Bengali cultural spirit, it's deep rooted performing arts and literary heritage by involving our young ones in all events with us, including toddlers, so the tradition continues.
What We Do
Making A Difference
Continuity of Bengali Culture
We organize events regularly throughout the year to maintain the continuity of "Baaro Mashe Taro Parbon" (translated as festivals throughout the year) theme that we grew up with. We start the year with with Saraswati Pujo or worshipping the Goddess of Knowledge. We celebrate Bangla Nabo Barsho (Bengali New Year), Durga Puja (worshipping Goddess Durga - the Goddess of Strength and Protection), Diwali (Festival of Lights) and Lakshmi Pujo (worshipping the Goddess of Wealth).
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