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We fondly remember the following members of the community. They have supported our community’s outreach – we miss them all.

Manas Roychowdhuri, passed away March 28, 2013

We are deeply saddened to announce that Manas RoyChowdhuri, Manas da to some of us, passed away on Thursday, March 28. Manas was fighting multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, for several years but his spirit remained strong till the end.

Manas was an incredibly gracious, caring and practical person – an inspiration to many of us Bengalis. He is survived by wife Jayshri , son Jojo, daughter-in-law Himani and granddaughter Ajuni.

He was instrumental in finding a home for Bharat Sevashram (BSSW) in Brea. He helped financially as well as with his counsel with attorneys, accountants, and donors.

Harendra Lal Biswas, passed away March 6, 2013

With a heavy heart DAKSHINI shares the news of sad demise of Harendra Lal Biswas, father of Rupam, Anupam, Nibedita and Nomita, all long time members of Dakshini. He passed away on March 6, 2013 at the age of 93. He was agreat person and truly a respectable member of our community.

Rup Kumar Chatterjee, May 2nd 1937 to Dec 27th 2012

With a heavy heart DAKSHINI shares the news of sad demise of Rup Kumar Chatterjee who was a founder member of this organization. After a long struggle with his illness Rup Kumar started his eternal journey in the early morning (7.00 a.m.) of Thursday, the 27th December, 2012 leaving behind his family and countless friends and well wishers. His amicable nature, courtesy, generosity and feeling for others made him a true gentleman. With him Dakshini has lost a well wisher and a great patron. He was the recipient of the Recipient of Dakshini Lifetime Volunteer Award 2010. To learn more about Rup Kumar Chatterjee and his life, please read a retrospective on him at Diganta Volume 2, January 2011.

Dr. Mihir Kumar Das, passed away December 3, 2012

With a heavy heart DAKSHINI shares the news that Dr. Mihir K. Das, a long time Dakshini Member and father of Sonia Das, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2012 after suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke the previous day.

Anuradha Ganguly, passed away September 18, 2011

"God saw she was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around her,
And whispered, "Come to Me."

It is with great sadness that we would like to inform you the passing away of Smt. Anuradha Ganguly, wife of Shri Ram Ganguly, on Sunday September 18th. Anuradha Ganguly was known and loved by all of the Southern California Bengali community. She was an iconic figure of faith, strength and endurance. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Anjan Ghosh, passed away December 31, 2010

A great friend of the community, Anjan Ghosh passed away on December 31, 2010 in Mumbai India. He is survived by his wife, Manjula and daughter Priyanka. He was a founding member and Vice President of the Los Angeles Pratham chapter. He served as the President of Bengali Association of Southern California (BASC) and the Treasurer for the National Bengali Conference held in LA in 1993.

Samir Kumar Dubey, Sep 15, 1944 – Nov 20, 2010

It is with great sadness that we inform you that beloved member of our community Samir Dubey has passed away on November 20, 2010 after a brief illness. Samir K Dubey, who was fondly known as Samir-da to the extended Bengali community of L.A., was born on Sep 15, 1944 to Smt. Usha Bala Devi and Radha Nath Dubey in a small village near Jamshedpur India. He grew up with his 6 brothers and 2 sisters. Father Radha Nath had been a student in Shantiniketan and afterwards an educator. Samirda inherited a deep passion for education from his father. After finishing his studies in Jamshedpur he joined Tata steel and worked there for long 28 years. In the year of 1988 he immigrated to United States with his wife Rita and three daughters Joita, Rumpa and Gargy. Samir da was an avid reader especially he enjoyed reading Bengali literature. He had an extraordinary knowledge on American and ancient Indian history. Discovery channel had been one place where he used be glued to! Very simple and down to earth Samir da was awfully articulate on his view, belief and opinion. He will be remembered for his warm and loving nature.