The Mandal undertakes variety of activities on a regular basis.The following programs take place every year.
The Sangeet Sammelan generally takes place in May. The local artists present their vocal / instrumental musical talent.
Sahitya Sammelan is generally held in the month of March. Members present their own literature (articles, poetry, etc. written by themselves).
The Vasantik program generally takes place in April. It incorporates Satyanarayan Puja and some entertainment (music, drama, etc.), presented by local or outside artists.
July is generally the ideal month for the picnic. Picnic areas around Greater Toronto area are selected.
The Annual General Meeting takes place around early to mid-December. Annual reports are presented by the Executive Committee. New Executive Committee is elected. A Children's Christmas party is also held at this time.
Beginning from 1989, every two years a Kala Mahotsav is organised during the month of October. This extends over a two-day period. Dramas or Music by artists in North America or India are presented.
The Mandal also takes part in the Canadian and Indian cultural activities, such as Canada Day Celebrations, Indian Independence Day Celebrations, Metro Caravan, etc. From time to time other programs (drama, music, katha kathan, etc.) of artists from North America or India are arranged. These depend on the nature of requests received from the artists in a perticular year.
Recognizing the fact that the youth have different social needs, the Mandal has set up a Youth Committee to cater for their needs. Special get togethers and sports activities are organized by them, which are sponsored by the Mandal.
Since 1986, a youth camp is organized during the summer months for children between the ages of 13 and 18. This camp is organized and managed by the youth committee. This provides an opportunity for the youth to get exposed to history and culture of Maharashtra through presentations and discussions.
The Mandal has placed great importance on teaching of Marathi language and culture to the second generation. In 1976, the Mandal started classes for teaching Marathi to the second generation and non-Marathi spouses of members. In 1986, Marathi was included in the Heritage Language Program of the North York Board of Education and Peel Board of Education. In 1989, Marathi was included as a credit course in the curriculum of the North York Board of Education for Grade 10. This was later dropped due to lack of sufficient enrollment. At present, the classes are held in North York and Mississauga every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This email newsletter is an official communication media from Marathi Bhashik Mandal. Approved details of program events and important news bulletins are composed and circulated to MBM members who have email access.
For more information please contact:
Savita Deshpande - 905-303-3380