Our History

In 1970, fifty Bengali families of West Bengal, India and Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan), living in Calgary formed Bengali Cultural Association of Calgary (BCAC). The main objective of the association was to foster Bengali culture, language and union of Calgary Bengali community. The other objectives were as follows

  1. To cultivate and propagate Bengali language and culture to the next generation children and Canadians
  2. To organize cultural programs
  3. To operate Bengali language school
  4. To actively take part in multi-cultural events, Heritage Day activities and Canada Day

The then BCAC events were organized as Food Fair, Rabindra Nazrul Sandhya, Annual Picnic, Special Cultural Nights and Children Christmas Party. BCAC played important role in support of the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. They protested against the genocide of Bengalis by the Pakistan-army and their followers with a number of mass rallies.   

In 1973 the Muslim members of Bangladesh opted out from BCAC and formed a separate association, Bangladesh Cultural Association of Calgary (BCAOC).

 On April 24th, 1978 Bengali Cultural Association of Calgary (BCAC) was registered as a non-profit organization under the Societies Act of Alberta.

 In 1981 BCAC started Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Saraswati Puja with images. Since then these events have been celebrated in festive manners. 

 In 1981 BCAC published “Sarodatsab” (The Festival of Autumn), with articles, stories, poems and drawings of the members and their children during Durga Puja. The similar tradition of publishing annual magazine during Durga Puja is continued with different Bengali names in following years, for example: “Unmesh” (1998), Jagriti (1999), “Sarodotsab” (2000, 2001, 2002), “Arghya” (2003), Naivedya (2004), Sarodotsab Sankhya of BCAC (2005 & 2006), and Parboni (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

Since 2001 BCAC has been volunteering in the operation of Casino games of Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).

In 2003 BCAC bought land in the district of MD Rocky View for establishing a Kali Temple.

In 2007 the name of the association was changed to Bengali Association of Calgary (BAC) with diversification of objectives, religious events and charitable programs. Gradually BAC turned to its present state of a religious organization for the Bengali Hindus.

In 2012 BAC had to sell the land for the Kali Temple, as it did not get zoning, suitable for religious use after years' long diligent efforts. The association purchased a bi-level building on 4 acre land in Meadows Drive, Calgary on the 15th of November, 2016.

BAC organizes fund raising activities for establishing a Religious Centre, which will be utilized for promoting socio-religious activities and charitable programs of the association for the benefit of the senior citizens, children, members and the Alberta communities.  The association is awarded charitable status by Canada Revenue Agency, effective from the 28th of November, 2016.

BAC donates food to Mustard Seed, fund to Red Cross in natural disaster and Fort McMurray fire. BAC has extended community programs with partnership of Value Village, and Canadian Blood Services. BAC has a number of volunteers and youth volunteers dedicated for such community programs and fund raising events a great success.