FORT MYERS INDIA FEST SET APRIL 18; ORMOND BEACH/DAYTONA BEACH INDIA DAY ON APRIL 12
FORT MYERS: More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the 28th India Fest put together by the India Association of Fort Myers (IAFM), according to IAFM President Sudeep Chawla. The 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. event will be at JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway S. Drive.
The outdoor India Fest will feature Indian food, dance, music, handicrafts and clothing. More specifically, there will be live entertainment on the outdoor stage throughout the day, including modern and classical dances, and fashion shows. Attendees will enjoy and unobstructed view of the performances, as covered seating will be provided.
Entry fee per person is $5; parking is free. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iafortmyers.org
ORMOND BEACH/DAYTONA BEACH: The Indian Cultural Society of Daytona will hold its India Day on Sunday, April 12, from noon to 3:30 p.m. The free event will be at Rockefeller Gardens Park, (across from the Casements), 26 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. Traditional Indian cuisine, music, arts/crafts, clothing will be available for purchase. Also, colorful dances will be presented on sage. For information, call (386) 527-0855, e-mail ICSDaytona@gmail.com or visit www.icsdaytona.com
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KALA RAMNATH, FLORIDA YOUNG ARTISTS ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM APRIL 12 IN ORLANDO
More than 125 children from four Central Florida counties will participate in the “Seasons of India: East Meets West” performance on April 12 in Orlando. Presented by Asian Cultural Association (ACA), the musical fusion will be provided on stage by violin maestro Kala Ramnath and the Florida Young Artists Orchestra (FYAO).
“Seasons of India” will begin with all movements of Tchaikovsky 4th symphony by FYAO. It will be followed by an original solo composition by Ramnath. The finale will be FYAO joining Ramnath in a symphony written by the violin maestro, which will be presented for the first time in the United States. “It’s bringing communities together through the arts, music,” said ACA program director Jasbir Mehta. “This brings awareness of our Indian music to kids. It shows that despite differences, we can come together.”
The 3 p.m. “Seasons of India” performance will be at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at http://www.drphillipscenter.org/ For more information, call (407) 333-3667 or visit www.aca-florida.org
INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL APRIL 26 IN CLEARWATER
Among a burgeoning Indian-American community in Central Florida, especially in Tampa Bay, there are just a handful of niche music circles that nurture and promote the rich Indian classical music tradition. Swaradhana, founded by Avinash Deshpande, is one such premier organization that consistently features high-quality Hindustani classical musicians through memorable enjoyable concerts. Equipped with family support and encouragement from a close group of friends and music-lovers, Deshpande has successfully presented musical maestros such as Raghunandan Panshikar, Anand Bhate, Nagaraj Rao Havaldar, etc.
On Sunday, April 26, Swaradhana (in collaboration with St. Petersburg College) features a vocal-instrumental music festival of afternoon raagas or melodies from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Arts Auditorium of St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus. Headliner is National Award-winning accomplished and popular vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar – a senior disciple of Pandit Jasraj. Artists Ajinkya Joshi and Milind Kulkarni will provide tabla and harmonium accompaniment respectively. The other musician is renowned santoor artist Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar – a senior disciple of santoor maestro/composer Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Harshad Kanetkar will provide tabla support for this recital.
Tickets for the daylong festival at SPC, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater, are $50 per person; free for SPC students with valid ID and children under 18. For information and tickets, visit swaradhana.org or email email@example.com
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