Foundation of Marathi Bhashik Mandal
Immigration of Marathi speaking immigrants to Canada began in the early 1960s and
increased steadily up to 1970 mainly from the Western State of India called the state of Maharashtra,
via Africa, Europe and the United States. The majority reside in Ontario, especially in metropolitan Toronto.
Most Maharashtrians who immigrated to Canada are professionals; university professors, doctors, engineers,
architects, lawyers, investment specialists, social workers, accountants and government officials.
Many established informal social groups in 60s saw the need to have a formal approach to respond to the cultural
and social needs of Maharashtrian Canadians and their attempts resulted in founding the Marathi Bhashik Mandal
(Marathi Speakersí Association) in Toronto in 1968. The Mandal with a appropriate formal structure of
its membership and an elected Executive Committee was put in place in 1971. The Mandal's constitution was
promulgated in December, 1974.
Mandalís activities reflect both the cultural continuities and the changes that are taking
place among Maharashtrians in Canada. The MBM sponsors cultural events from Maharashtra such as Music groups,
famous plays, film festivals as well as major theatre and performing-arts groups which helps to maintain cultural
linkages with the home land, Maharashtra, India.
The MBM published newsletter "Snehabandha" (Friendship Bonds), has been an important feature
to keep Maharashtrian community in Toronto well informed with the current activities and community news.
The Mandal was incorporated in the province of Ontario in 1984 and attained the status of
Registered Charitable organization with the Federal Government in 1989.
The MBM issues tax receipts for Donations to the Mandal