Beautiful explanation by Swami Vivekananda on Association
Explaining the meaning of Association he said, the rain drop from the sky; if it is caught in hands, it is pure enough for drinking. If it falls in a gutter, its value drops so much that it can't be used even for washing the feet. If it falls on hot surface, it perishes. If it falls on lotus leaf, it shines like a pearl & finally if it falls on oyster, it becomes a pearl. The drop is same, but its existence & worth depend on with whom it associates. Always be associates with people who are good at heart.
Vashi Cultural Association (VCA) was founded in 2005 in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
VCA engages itself in various cultural activities & is one of the premier cultural clubs across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Thane. It believes in creating harmony amongst the Bengali community & encourages all round participation to keep the Bengali culture & tradition alive through many different activities. Located in Navi Mumbai which is over a 1500 kms away from West Bengal, VCA's endeavor has been to enliven the spirit of the Bengali culture amidst the cosmopolitan fabric of Mumbai.
The Indian Culture has its roots in the Bengali literature, music, fine arts, drama and cinema. People of West Bengal share their cultural heritage with the neighboring Bangladesh (erstwhile known as East Bengal). The presence of paras, which are neighborhoods that possess a strong sense of community, is characteristic of Bengali people. Typically, each locality (para) has its own community club and, on occasions, a playing field. Residents engage in addas, or leisurely chats, that often take the form of freestyle intellectual conversations .Bengali people have a long tradition of popular literature, music and drama largely based on Bengali folklore and Hindu epics and Puranas.
Durga Puja, a 5 day annual autumnal celebration of Hindu goddess Durga's victory over Mahishasura, the demon, is the biggest festival of the Bengali Community. The Kali Puja, celebrating the guardian deity of Bengal, is also celebrated with great enthusiasm. Other important festivals include Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, Saraswati Puja, Dol Jatra (Holi), Poila Baisakh (Bengali New Yr.), Rabindra Jayanti etc.
We promote Indian culture with an emphasis on Bengali culture within the local community, regardless of ethnicity and religion. We hold various activities to help preserve the strong cultural and social heritage of India and West Bengal in particular. VCA organizes Durga Puja, a 5 day annual autumnal celebration of Hindu goddess Durga's victory over Mahishasura, the demon, the biggest festival of the Bengali Community. The Kali Puja, celebrating the guardian deity of Bengal, is also celebrated with great enthusiasm. Other important festivals organized & celebrated include Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, Saraswati Puja, Dol Jatra (Holi), Poila Baisakh (Bengali New Yr.), Rabindra Jayanti etc.