What is ABAC?
ABAC ™ is the acronym for the Academy of Bangla Arts and Culture. ABAC, pronounced 'awe-BAAK,' is a Bangla (or Bengali) word that connotes wonder or awe.
ABAC, the Academy of Bangla Arts and Culture, is a premier, non-profit, cultural organization, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and has served the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex since 1989, with the enthusiastic support of its community, tax-deductible donations, and the selfless dedication and hard work of countless individuals.
The mission of ABAC includes participation and encouraging participation of individuals and groups in cultural, artistic, and academic events, to foster exchange of ideas, and create environments, experiences and events conducive to learning and intellectual growth.
Specific activities of ABAC include -
- study circles, seminars, conferences, semiformal discussion sessions, invited lectures, and readings;
- stage performances, including theatrical productions, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and recitations;
- a bangla language, music and dance school for children in Irving, Texas.
The vision of ABAC is to have a far reaching impact on the thoughts, ideologies and activities of people affiliated with the language, arts, culture, philosophies, mores, and mythologies of the people of, or with roots in, Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. The Academy endeavors to foster an awareness and appreciation of the highest levels of creative work of the Bengali-loving intelligentsia among the intellectually curious in Irving, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and strives to reach out to the citizens of a global community encompassing Bangladesh, West Bengal, and any other geographical area attainable.
Bangla (also known as Bengali) is a language, an ethnicity, and for about a fifth of a billion people of this planet, a critical component of their identity. According to the Summer Institute for Linguistics' Ethnologue Survey, almost 200 million people consider Bangla their native language, making it one of the ten most widely-spoken languages in the world.
Bangla is an eastern Indo-Aryan language, native to the region of eastern South Asia, known as Bengal, comprising the country of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, and parts of the Indian states of Tripura and Assam.
Here is the Wikipedia entry on Bangla: link.