Special Events

An Evening of Music with Prabuddha Raha: Bengali and popular Hindi Bollywood Songs

Event Date: June 04th 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California

021Bengali songs will include songs by Rabindranath Tagore, Rajanikanto Atulprasad and melodies from the golden era such as Manna, Hemanta, SD Burman, Shyamal, and Pintu Bhattacharya.

Prabuddha has extensively performed both Rabindra Sangeet and modern songs in different cities of India and abroad. He remains one of the most acknowledged singers of our times and his songs have been reviewed with very high ratings by leading music critics. His rendering originates from his soul, helping the audience to see and feel the visual imagery which is so very unique to Tagore and other Bengali songs.

An Alumnus of Dakshinee, Prabuddha continued his advanced training in Rabindra Sangeet from Acharya Sailajaranjan Majumdar and he has trained himself in classical music under the tutelage of Prof. Debiranjan Bandyopadhyay. Prabuddha has graduated from Presidency College with Honors in Geology and thereafter he pursued his career in leading foreign and Indian publishing companies. Prabuddha was appointed as the external examiner of Visva Bharati University in 2008 and Calcutta University in 2012 and Rabindra Bharati in 2013. He was also invited as the Guest Lecturer on Music for their Orientation courses for College Teachers. Aparna Sen chose him to playback for the movie Paromitar Ekdin. Prabuddha left an indelible mark with his rendition of ‘Bipulo Tarango Re’ in the movie. Prabuddha sang and composed music for a large number of telefilms and documentaries and he has recently scored music for his first ever feature film, Tagore’s Chaar Oddhyay directed by Nitish Mukherjee. He received the prestigious “Vivek Vikas Samman” award in 2012 on 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami-ji. He also received “Gauri Mitra Smriti Puroskar” from Dakshinee for contribution as a singer and trainer in the field of Rabindrasangeet.

Tagore Jayanti: concert offering of songs written by Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel poet Laureate

Event Date: May 08th 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Please join us for this celebration in honor of Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), poet, novelist, musician, painter, playwright and philosopher who reshaped Bengali literature and music. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize. His profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse was viewed as spiritual, and he became the voice of India’s spiritual heritage. His songs, popularly known as Rabindrasangeet, have an eternal appeal and are permanently placed in the heart of the Bengalis. Tagore was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh are taken from his composition.


Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, and Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artistes who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.



Spring Celebration of the Naw-Ruz Festival – The Baha’i New Year

Event Date: March 27th 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship


Presented by Nushin Mavaddat and Baha’i friends, celebrating the Spring renewal in the worlds of nature, ideas and spirit, this joyous gathering will include commentaries, prayers, beautiful musical performances and hospitality.

Through this celebration of the Baha’i New Year, we will commemorate the dawning of a new era for humanity. We will reflect on the Spiritual Spring promised to mankind in all sacred Scriptures throughout history. This Spiritual Spring ushers in an era of peace and reconciliation, of love and unity, of justice and security, of concord and harmony for the peoples of the world.


Evolution of Consciousness Workshop, with Anton Grosz, PhD, author and Integral Yoga educator

Event Date: April 10th 2016

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Integral consciousness is more than just an intellectual exercise and the philosophy on which the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) was founded. It is an experiential way of living and being that not only maximizes one’s deepest potential, but provides answers to seminal questions of quantum physics concerning black holes, event horizons, and the origin of the universe. It is an inevitable part of humanity’s evolution, not in some far off future, but in the here and now. True to its source, this talk will include an experiential component. For those who would like to go into more depth on the topic, an afternoon session will follow.


Anton Grosz received his Doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS in 1995 with a dissertation “Consciousness in Evolution: Living the Integral Reality of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri.” He lives with his wife, Phyllis, in San Francisco where he serves as Spiritual and Bereavement Counselor for Crossroads Home Care and Hospice.

suggested donation: $20


65th Anniversary Celebration June 18, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm; 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco

The Cultural Integration Fellowship celebrates its 65th anniversary with a dinner honoring
Sudarshan Kapoor, PhD

Inspired by the philosophy of integral living, the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) was founded in 1951 by Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri and Mrs. Bina Chaudhuri as a center of universal religion and spiritual practice. Honoring the spiritual traditions of diverse cultures and religions, CIF promotes the interchange of ideas between the cultures of east and west, creating a greater sense of cross cultural harmony and world peace.

This year we are privileged to honor Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor for his outstanding contributions in building a culture of peace and non-violence at home and around the world.

Dr. Kapoor is professor emeritus and former founding director of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at California State University, Fresno. He also helped establish the university’s Peace Garden. Known popularly as the “Peace Man of Fresno,” Dr. Kapoor’s long career in the field of social work stands testimony to his popular title. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kapoor has played an important role in creating an atmosphere of peace and goodwill among groups from various walks of life. He worked in the post independence Gandhian Sarvodaya Movement as a chief organizer in Punjab, India, and is a founding member of several peace and civic organizations in Fresno including Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee, City of Fresno, the Interfaith Alliance of Central California, and the Council of Indian Organizations of the Central Valley. He currently chairs Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley and teaches ‘Peacebuilding’ at Fresno State.

Dr. Kapoor has been honored by the legislature and congress for his outstanding contributions. He has also been honored by Fresno Bee, the largest newspaper of the Central Valley, during its 75th Anniversary Celebration as one of the 75 most important persons of Central Valley who made a difference.

for further information, please contact Sandy Kepler at 415.668.1559 or

Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda

Event Date: January 31st 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

This program celebrates the life and times of Swami Vivekananda (Narendranath Datta) (1863-1902) commemorating the 152nd Anniversary of his birth. Regarded as India’s first great spiritual ambassador to the West, Swami Vivekananda is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …” delivered at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

We have selected Songs, Shlokas and Bhajans reflecting the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, generating a secular social order through Religious and Ethnic Pluralism that would transcend differences of caste and creed and result in a unique place for India in the World.

Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artistes who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

Durga Puja

Event Date: October 21st 2015

Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco

Durga Puja, a Celebration of the Goddess, worship to be officiated by Ramen Chakrabarti, and Sri Chandi recital by Indira (Ann) Bulkin

Please join us for our annual Durga Puja celebration. Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival in Bengal and is celebrated all over India in worship of the Goddess Durga, the Mother Goddess who can protect and redeem in situations of utmost distress. She has been empowered by the gods and manifests fearlessness and strength. The Cultural Integration Fellowship has been offering a Durga Puja celebration since 1971.

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi

Event Date: October 05th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi, with Sri Karunamayee and Arshad Syed on tabla – Co-sponsored by Sur Laya Sangam Study Center for Indian Devotional Music

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee will offer music in his spirit of universal peace. She will also lead collective singing from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhiji’s ashrams. Arshad Syed, distinguished tabla maestro, will accompany.

Sri Karunamayee is a dedicated member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for over four decades. She supports the daily ashram meditations and special events with her soul-inspiring music. In her youth, she and her family regularly attended Mahatma Gandhi’s prayer gatherings in New Delhi.