About

Maharashtra Mandal Bay Area (MMBA) is a non-profit organization serving the Northern California, Bay Area since 1980. Our mission is to promote cultural ties among people interested in Maharashtrian culture from various parts of the world.

Our activities include following and more:

Cultural Events
We organize annual Maharashtrian Festivals like Makar Sankrant, Ganeshotsav, Wari, Mangalagaur, Kojagiri and Diwali. These festivals give the community a chance to renew cultural ties and encourage children to learn about the Maharashtrian culture.

Social Events
We work hand in hand with organizations dedicated to running community service programs in India. Revenue generated from some programs is donated for this cause.

Art Events
We provide the platform to the local talents in Music, Dance, and Acting by organizing presentations in performing arts and competition. We also arrange programs of visiting artists from India

Theater Events
Maharashtra 's modern theater dates back well over 100 years. Keeping the theatrical tradition alive, we present an annual play in Marathi performed by talented local artists. Occasionally, visiting theatrical groups from India also perform.

Our official mailing address is:
Maharashtra Mandal Bay Area (MMBA)
1765 Landess Avenue #108,
Milpitas,CA 95035

Our email address is:
mmba@mmbayarea.org

Non Profit status & TAX ID:
Non Profit 501(c)3 organization; FEIN# 94-2986211

2021 Committee

Vinayak Fadnavis

President


Dipti Vasudha

Secretary


Bhaskar Ranade

Treasurer


Sheetal Dolas

Vice President Cultural



Vaishali Zilpe

Vice President Administration


Shardul Velapure

Spartan Pathak


Mangesh Tamhankar

Shala Lead & Principal


Mohan Achwal

Snehbandh lead (55+ seniors)


Ashish Mahashabde

Committee member


Mrunal Bujone

Committee member


Viraj Raut

BMM Representative



We are grateful to have your support, blessings and your encouragement in all the activities throughout this challenging year marked by global pandemic.


  • We started the 2020 year with Sankrant celebrations with Haldikunku and a great Antakshari event that was both unique and all attendees enjoyed it. The photo booth was a great draw and everybody enjoyed the traditional gul poli(received from India) Dinner.

  • मराठी भाषा गौरव दिन - कुसुमाग्रज दर्शन was a great success with the participation from various bay area talented members in this unique program.

  • We got a very good response for the Boreal Ski Trip Sahal but had to cancel it due to covid-19 restriction. As a team we had to take this decision for the safety of our members.

  • We had also planned for ‘Holika Dahan’ with traditional ‘puran poli’ dinner and introduction of ‘Hirkani’ but had to cancel it due to covid-19 restrictions.

  • We switched gear to online programs and the first such event was ‘Zoom meeting with Dr. Dixit’. We were able to get all west coast marathi teams and organisations together in one event.

  • Chaitradhun was done online in a unique way as ‘ A Nationwide Music Competition’. Chaitradhun 2020 was one of our grand successful events with participants from 15 US states and Canada and renowned music maestros from India as our Judging panel!.

  • Chaitradhun was immediately followed by four days( 2 weekends) Music Workshop ‘Anatomy of a song’ by Shri Kaushal Inamdar.

  • MMBA in association with BMM brought "मोगरा" 'Netak' (नेटक) चा जागतिक शुभारंभ प्रयोग ! which was based on a completely new concept of online live theater.

  • MMBA is grateful to be part of various esteemed west coast Marathi organizations that came together for a noble cause to support Marathi theatre backstage artist. The fund raising program 'Prashant Damle and Sankarshan Karhade Live!' - मैफिल शब्द सुरांची ! was enjoyed by all members.

  • The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected many people in the US, India and all over the world. MMBA decided to financially support a few NGOs working in Maharashtra through our existing fund as well as through fundraising. We are grateful to all who contributed.

  • We were also associated with BMM Covid-19 help line as well as Sewa International help line. We received calls from many people in distress and we coordinated with different people to resolve the issues as much as we could.

  • As the BMM convention 2021 got postponed to 2022 and the hosting mandal was not in position to continue, we were asked to resubmit the proposal. We started working on that and conveyed our willingness to BMM to host the 2022 convention in the Bay Area. Now the responsibility is given to ‘Marathi Vishwa, NJ’. We will be preparing again to submit proposals for the 2024 convention and need your support.

  • Marathi shala graduation was done online with individual as well as group performance from many students.

  • MMBA मंगळागौर 2020 was a great event with all the ladies dancing to the khel and singing till late into the evening. It was done completely online with the same enthusiasm as a physical event.

  • Online Ganeshotsav had a great attendance and participation. The numerous performances and coordinated atharvashirsha was the highlight. The program ended with the award winning performance of MMBA Spartans.

  • We launched तिसरी घंटा -देशव्यापी एकपात्री अभिनय स्पर्धा this year but due to limited response we have postponed it to next year.

  • The Final event of the Year was Diwali celebration in a unique way. It was more eventful as we were able to participate in ‘Sewa Diwali’ Food Donation Drive from Navaratri through Diwali.During this initiative, MMBA collected food items and donated to the local pantries.

  • In addition the Marathi Shala saw a record number of students pass the exam in May and an increased enrollment this year which will be completely online.Marathi shala teachers also came up with a summer camp which was well received and many students benefited from this camp.

  • The Snehbandh team met almost every month and had various online activities throughout the year.

  • MMBA team coordinated with local doctors to provide non-emergency help to visiting parents(as part of Bhetigathi program initiative) who were stuck in the US due to covid-19 restrictions. We are grateful to all the doctors who are still providing the help.

  • MMBA Spartans did not have actual performances this year but they were able to provide short performance clips of past events to bring energy to many online programs.

In closing, we hope to bring good programs this year following all the rules and restrictions required for the safety of all members.
Many other programs we conducted or supported may not have made it into this list but we were able to win the hearts of the Bay area Marathi Community.

A Big thank you to the Volunteers that were present from the beginning of all our events and stayed till the end for cleanup and closing.
A big thank you to the Spartan team that inspires us year after year with their dedication and energy.
A Big thank you to the Shala Teachers and volunteers who show up every weekend to spread the Mayboli Marathi.
A Big thank you to the Snehbandh and Bhetigathi teams for their dedication and enthusiasm.
A Big thank you to the sponsors and the Donor who have their faith and trust in us.
To all of them we Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to get the opportunity to come together, work together and unite together as a community that is a family.
MMBA Committee

 
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