In the nature that a man/woman who is appreciative of the fact that he/she has
to adopt the way of life of a new land, he/she need not abandon the people, the culture
and the tradition of the land he/she once lived in. It is in such pursuit that this association
came into existence on March 27, 1992 when:
We, the people from Bihar, India, living in the United States of America joined together and
declared the formation of the BIHAR ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA which is organized
and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or to any corresponding provision of any future
federal tax law.
The primary activities of BANA will include the following:
1. Academic Festival: The Academic Festival will be held every year in the United States of
America at an academic institution in the Greater Houston area. The purpose of the Academic
Festival will be to bring together students from Kindergarten to 12th grade to participate and
compete in the spelling bee, math, vocabulary, speech, debate, art, SAT, etc. Top performers in
each of the academic categories will be awarded trophies and certificates. The activity will
typically be held towards the end of the summer vacation and will help students to prepare for
academic competitions during the school year.
2. Cultural Festival: The cultural festival will be held every year in the United States of America at
a venue in the Greater Houston area. The primary objective of the festival is to promote music,
dance and performing arts traditions (both popular and classical), primarily, of Bihar, among
both BANA members and non-BANA attendees of the Festival. The performers of the arts, at
the Festival, will typically be members of BANA from the Greater Houston area. They may also
include non-BANA performers who have an interest in the culture and traditions of Bihar.
3. Arrange seminars and meetings concerning Bihar and India and their interrelationship with
the United States and other North American Countries generally to promote educational and
cultural activities among people having interest in Bihar.