How do I become a Member?

To become a member you need to

  1. Fill up the online membership form.
  2. Pay the joining fee (Rs. 100) and the annual membership subscription (Rs. 2,000).

Please note that the annual subscription last year was Rs. 6,000. The current year subscription has been reduced since, due to the prevailing pandemic situation, we had to curtail the number and scale of events that we are organizing this year. Members will collectively decide what the subscription will be next year.

So, what are the events that you organize every year?

Under normal circumstances we have the following events in a year:

  1. Rabindra Jayanti and AGM – (2019) (2018) (2017)
  2. Annual Picnic – (2019) (2018) (2017)
  3. Durga Puja – (2019) (2018) (2017)
  4. Lakshmi Puja – (2019) (2018) (2017)
  5. Kali Puja – (2019) (2018) (2017)
  6. Sports Day – (2019-2020) (2018-19) (2017-18)
  7. Saraswati Puja – (2020) (2019) (2018)

What about this year?

This year we could not organize the first two events. We are organizing Durga Puja and Lakshmi Puja, but in a scaled down manner. It is going to be a members-only event with restricted physical participation.

For other events, we will wait and watch.

What type of restrictions are you imposing?

  1. There will be no physical gathering.
  2. All cultural events will be broadcast online.
  3. The Puja, both morning and evening, will be broadcast online.
  4. During the Morning Puja, Sandhi Puja, Evening Arati and Dashami Baran only the members who have volunteered to help in conducting the Puja can be present at the Puja venue. During these times, Pujo venue will be closed for other members.

The scheduling of the volunteers will be done in such a way that not more than five people are present at the time when the Puja is being conducted. Members are free to visit the Puja venue at any other time except during the four events mentioned above.

Who can become a volunteer?

Any member interested in helping the Purohit conduct the Pujo can become a volunteer and become a member of the Pujo committee. However, it has to be done by the specified closing date.

If I am not a volunteer then how will I offer Puja?

Any member who wishes to offer Puja can pass on the details of his/her family (name, gotra etc.) to the Puja committee who will offer the Puja on his/her behalf. Any pronami for the Purohit can be transferred online and we will hand over the amount to our Purohit.

What about Pushpanjali?

Pushpanjali will be online i.e. the Purohit will recite the mantras and it will be telecast online. Guidelines about what you need to do at your end will be made available in due course.

What about lighting lamps during Sandhi Puja?

The lighting of lamps during Sandhi Puja will be done by the volunteers on behalf of the interested members.

What about Bhog and Prasad?

We are making arrangement for packed Bhog / Prasad from Saptami to Dashami, which members will have to book in advance and collect from a designated pickup point.

Who can perform in a cultural program?

Only members and their family is allowed to perform in cultural program as well as any competition. This restriction has always been there.

What is the validity of the membership?

The membership subscription is to be paid annually and is valid for one financial year. So, if you become a member now, it will be valid till end of March 2021.

How many members do you have?

At the end of September, 2020, the membership count is 123. Majority of them are in RR Nagar, Kengeri, Nagarbhavi, Chandra Layout and the area around these localities.

Do you have an office?

No, we do not have any premise of our own. All the major events are organized at hired facilities. Meetings are either online or hosted by individual members.

How are the members kept informed about various updates?

As soon as you become a member, you will be included in Aikatan’s mailing list and our notification group on WhatsApp. These are used as the primary channels of communication with the members.

We also have a Facebook group (AIKATAN) which you can join. It is used for sharing photos and recordings of events. This year we will be using it to broadcast all cultural programs and the Durga Puja.

There is also another WhatsApp group which is used by the members to socialize with each other. Once you are a member, you will be incorporated into this one as well.

If I have a query whom do I contact?

You can send a mail to hello@aikatan.in.