The Hong Kong Bengali Association (HKBA),a very vibrant Bengali organization, was formed in Dec 1998, thanks to the vision, personal initiative and determination of its founding members. Prior to this the Bengali community in Hong Kong was rather loosely structured with somewhat limited reach and access, although it did get together on a handful of occasions each year. The desire to cradle and nurture our rich culture even outside our homeland provided the impetus for the formation of this Association.
As per its constitution, the HKBA is a Hindu Association embracing Hindu Bengalis of Indian or Bangladeshi origins. Currently its membership consists of approximately 100+ families. A nine member executive committee, elected by the general body for a term of one year at a time, runs the affairs of the Association. Bankers, chartered accountants, doctors, engineers (specially IT experts), marine officers and businessmen constitute the greater part of the professional profile of our community.
The main activities of the HKBA centre on the celebration of the Hindu religious festivals that are of special importance to Bengal. The Association also provides a socio-cultural platform to the community which aids in fostering closer ties between its members, enables us to tap the wealth of cultural talent within the community, and also promote artistes from back home by inviting them over, all of which help to make our lives here richer, happier and more fulfilling