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About Us bhartiya mandal foundation

Bhartiya Mandal Foundation (BMF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization built on the pillars of cultural awareness and community service. Our goal is to create an institution to preserve our Gujarati heritage through various cultural events while also giving back to the local San Francisco Bay Area community.

BMF aims to deepen our understanding of our history and culture as Gujaratis and recognize our responsibility to support each other, our community, and the larger society.

Bhartiya Mandal Foundation takes its inspiration from India Club which was founded in 1973 when they acquired the Bhartiya Mandal Indian Community Hall located on 440 Ellis Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. This hall has been a sanctuary for San Francisco Gujaratis for decades offering a cultural events center which has hosted countless cultural events such as Raas Garbas, weddings, Diwali and Holi Celebrations plus much more.

Many of our Board members have grown up and built lifelong relationships attending cultural activities at the Bhartiya Mandal Hall.

BMF was established with many of the same goals as India Club and we want to carry on this vision while protecting their legacy as the first Gujarati cultural organization in the United States.

BMF Team
bhartiya mandal foundation LEADERSHIP

Bhartiya Mandal Foundation is led by a talented and well-accomplished Board of Directors, many of whom come from the local Gujarati community in The San Francisco Bay Area. Most members are second generation Indian-Americans and all have a deep sense of responsibility to community and they believe in the essence of sharing the richness and beauty of the Indian culture with future generations and all citizens of our great land. We invite you to connect with us!

Satish Patel
Satish Patel President

Satish Patel has had the privilege to grow up in a culture that has show him the meaning of unity, respect and heritage.

Sam Devdhara
Sam Devdhara Vice President

Shailendra has been involved with community in many different ways through the Bhartiya Mandal Hall of San Francisco.

Sunil Patel
Sunil Patel Secretary

Sunil joined BMF to continue the efforts of many before him who were so crucial to maintaining a close-knit, vibrant community over the years.

Devendra Patel
Devendra Patel Treasurer

Our families have been a part of the Bhartiya Mandal Hall since the 1970’s. We enjoyed and participated in many events- Navratri being our favorite.

Vyomesh Patel
Vyomesh Patel Board Member

As a founding BMF board member, Vyomesh wants to help continue delivering our message to the community about our rich history and culture to future generations.

Amit Patel
Amit Patel Board Member

Amit is 1st generation born and raised in San Francisco. Amit graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Finance.

Dipak Patel
Dipak Patel Board Member

Dipak is a Native San Franciscan and has always had a close connection to the Hindu culture. He is always looking for opportunities to help and give back to the community.

Bakula Patel
Bakula Patel Board Member

For 44 years now, Bakula Patel has been an active participant and voice within the Bharatiya Mandal Hall (BMH) community.

Sonali Waland
Sonali Waland Board Member

Sonali joined BMF to give back to the community, especially to the new generation of the kids to instill cultural values and respect that her parents taught her growing up.

Kamlesh Patel
Kamlesh Patel Board Member

Kamlesh was born in India and now call San Francisco his home. Kamlesh joined BMF as a way to give back to a community and an industry that has helped shape his cooking expertise.

Jackie Patel
Jackie Patel Board Member

Jackie joined BMF as member of the Board of Directors. Primary focus for her role is to be a Youth Program Coordinator.

Sangita Patel
Sangita Patel Board Member

Sangita Patel was born and raised in Navsari, Gujurat India. She was only 18 when she came to America. Her passion is giving back and taking care of friends and family.

Hiten Suraj
Hiten Suraj Board Member

Hiten joined BMF as a way to continue the culture and history that his ancestors started. Hiten is the CEO of Stay Cal Hotels and is very passionate about the industry.

Vijay Patel
Vijay Patel Board Member

Vijay Patel is a 2nd generation hotelier and has been in the Bay Area for over 45 year. Vijay has been instrumental in working with various nonprofit organizations.

Milan Patel
Milan Patel Board Member


Chirag Patel
Chirag Patel Board Member

Chirag Patel is a second generation native San Franciscan who has grown up in The City. Chirag is an avid golfer and continues to root for his hometown Giants, Niners and Warriors.

Kiran Thakor
Kiran Thakor Board Member

Kiran joined BMF as he shares the same values and goals that is the core of BMF’s mission statement. He believes in making a difference and giving back and is honored to serve on its board.

Peter Agnoletti
Peter Agnoletti Board Member

Peter joined BMF as a way to give back to a community and an industry that has helped shape his real estate career. Peter has been fortunate to be involved with community service since a young age.

  • Community Service Community Service
    Community Service

    BMF values giving back to our local San Francisco Bay Area community. We coordinate events and activities such as donation drives, community clean up activities, and charitable events for those in our local community who are less fortunate. BMF looks to create innovative approaches to impart social change for the advancement of all peoples while also looking to affirm a sense of Indian-American identity and cultural values.

  • Cultural Awareness Cultural Awareness
    Cultural Awareness

    One of the primary pillars of BMF is to build upon a foundation of Indian cultural awareness. We aim to cultivate and continue to perpetuate the values, ceremony, cuisine, rituals, religion, and culture of the diaspora of India so future generations can carry forth traditions and a sense of community. We perform this crucial function by education and events such as Diwali, Holi, Gaarba and more.

  • Our Events Our Events
    Our Events

    Bhartiya Mandal Foundation is built open a decades old credence begun by the establishment of Bhartiya Mandal Hall, an Indian Cultural Center in Downtown San Francisco. Established by next generation Indian-Americans who have grown up attending events at The Hall, BMF is poised to carry forward a deep heritage of Indian culture to the next generation of Indian-Americans and the wider Bay Area community.

  • Our Heritage Our Heritage
    Our Heritage

    BMF holds a variety of events from a large and colorful Holi Celebration to ring in the beginning of Spring to an annual charitable golf tournament plus many more educational events and fun activities for children and networking events for adults. Check out our calendar of events and stay engaged with Bhartiya Mandal Foundation.