President Letter

Dear Friends,

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year 2021.   We hope this letter finds you safe and sound. It is my pleasure to write this letter for the year 2021.

On behalf of our BSS Committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Founders, past Executive Committee Members, Benefactors, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors and Well-wishers of the BSS Family for yet another exciting year.

As you all know last year being a very challenging one and we moved to conducting programs over online and remotely using digital formats. I would like to thank each and every one of you on behalf of Bharatiya Sangeetha Sangham for your patience, continued support and encouragement that have been showered in this difficult time.

We tried different types of programs last year in order to encourage and enrich children artistically, young budding artists in and around Montreal through mini concerts, engage the senior community through variety of programs such as meditation and pranayama, interactive musical sessions and enrich the musical entertainment by presenting varied premium concerts by eminent artists.

We are proud to join hands with our collaborator SICA Ottawa to present our premier programs and we are looking forward to such collaborations with more organizations.
 
I welcome the new committee Deepa Kannan as Vice President, Swathi Buddhiraju as Treasurer, YamunaDevi as Secretary, Shreyas Gowrishankar as Sound Director, Rupa Pillai as Multimedia Director and Deeksha Arya as Program Co-ordinator for the year 2021.  We hope to work with renewed enthusiasm to help BSS  flourish more in this difficult time with your support.  
 

Our committee has come up with following recommendations to enhance and enrich the community interactions and support.

❖ As the first initiative, we have reduced and revised the annual fees for Donors. The intention is to constantly encourage more annual members and provide flexibility which we will help us thrive every year. Please note that all donations are eligible for tax deduction. Our new structure is:

Revised Annual Donorship Amount:

Family: $150

Single Adult: $75

Student: $25

We have reduced and revised the annual fees for Donors keeping in mind the present tough time and online operation of events. The intention is to constantly encourage more annual members to join and provide flexibility. Please note that all donations are eligible for tax deduction.

❖ We will continue making efforts to show case all the talents of music and dance schools of Montreal. In this regard, we would like to request our teachers to encourage the students and their families to become seasonal donors.

❖ We will happily function as a facilitating body to execute the mandate of BSS through active listening to all the pillars of this society and embracing the concerns of our diverse community through open discussions.

❖ We will look into more collaborations across Canada to make BSS Montreal as a strong supporter and promoter of Indian Arts in Canada.

❖ We have an exciting line up of programs planned for the first half of this year and we are in the process of finalizing few more programs for the second half of the year.

As we are continuing into this challenging time period, we start this year with online events. However, we are hoping to get to normal venue as soon as possible.

We would like to thank all the teachers, benefactors, patrons, donors, members, past committee members and music and dance enthusiasts for their continued support and encouragement. Also, we would like to thank all of the volunteers for their help and dedication in concert arrangements and promotions. Lastly, this is all a team effort, and we are very thankful to all the fellow members for their support and contribution. Your continued support will help us bring great musical experiences and we strive to work hard towards this goal. We really need your cooperation and support in bringing more annual members (donors), donations and also providing leads for advertisements.

As a community, we will continue to make the BSS perform proudly this year.

Best Regards and Wishes

BSS Committee: