JULY 2016
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SUNIDHI CHAUHAN, AYUSHMANN KHURANA ORLANDO CONCERT JULY 8

SunidhiFilmfare Award winners singer Sunidhi Chauhan and actor/singer Ayushmann Khurrana will take to the stage July 8 for the first time together in Orlando.

Khurrana won the Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut and Best Male Playback Singer in his debut film “Vicky Donor” in 2012. Since then, he has excelled acting and singing for “Nautanki Saala” (‘Saadi Galli Aaja’ and ‘Tu Hi Tu’), and “Bewakoofiyaan” (‘Khamakhaan’ and ‘O Heeriye’), “Hawaizaada” (‘Dil-e-Nadaan’). He also acted in last year’s hit “Dum Laga Ke Haisha.”

AyushmannChauhan made her singing debut for the film “Shastra” when she was just 11 years old. Thereafter, she was winner of the Doordarshan singing reality show “Meri Awaz Suno.” Her big break came when she sang the hit ‘Ruki Ruki Thi Zindagi’ for Ram Gopal Varma’s “Mast.” Since then, there has been no looking back for this versatile singer whose list of hits runs by the dozens. Some of the melodious chartbusters include ‘Dhoom Machale’ from “Dhoom” and ‘Kamli’ from “Dhoom 3,” ‘Ishq Sufiyana’ (“The Dirty Picture”), ‘Sajna Ve Sajna’ (“Chameli”), ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’ (“Tees Maar Khan”), ‘Bin Tere’ (“I Hate Love Story”), ‘Beedi Jalaile’ (“Omkara”), ‘Desi Girl’ (“Dostana”), and ‘Say Shava Shava’ (“Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham”).

Organized by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw, the Sunidhi and Ayushmann concert will be from 8 p.m. at Orange County Convention Center, Linda Chapin Theater, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. Tickets starting at $39 can be purchased at www.bollywoodeventsfl.com For information, call Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Shaw at (813) 842-0345.

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TAMPA TO HOLD ANNUAL RATH YATRA ON JULY 10

By NITISH S. RELE

Rath YatraThe annual Tampa Bay Rath Yatra (The Festival of Chariots and Dharma Sammelan) will be held Sunday, July 10, at Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road. The festival, organized and celebrated by the Tampa Bay Rath Yatra (T.R.Y.) Association since 2006, will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the seating of Lord Jagannath, Balram and Subadhra on main stage followed by arati and puja. Then Rath Yatra will begin on the set route near the temple and then return and settle in the temple hall. After mahaprasad, there will be a cultural program. Future plans include installing the three murtis at the new Sanatan Mandir (311 E. Palm Ave.) under construction in Tampa.

In India, the holy town of Puri, Orissa, home of the Lord of the Universe, Jagannath, celebrates this festival. The temple of Jagannath, also known as Krishna, in Puri is one of India’s major pilgrimage sites. The Festival of Chariots signifies Lord Jagannath’s journey from the forest into the hearts of people. The Rath Yatra in Puri will begin on July 6.

Among the co-sponsors are Hindu Temple of Florida, Vishnu Mandir, Sanatan Mandir, Ambaji mandir, Florida Oriya Association, Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, FIA Tampa Bay and Khaas Baat.

For more information, call (813) 909-1636 or (813) 267-7660.


SAVE THESE DATES!

Here are some important dates you want to note in your calendar later this year.

SOUTH FLORIDA NAVRATRI OCT. 1, OCT. 7-8

FORT LAUDERDALE: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 1, and Oct. 7-8, at Silver Trail Middle School, 18300 Sheridan St., Fort Lauderdale. IRCC members pay $10 per day, non-members are $15 and seniors are $5. For information, call (954) 543-1539, email board@irccflorida.com or visit www.irccflorida.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA BOLLYWOOD DIWALI OCT. 29

ORLANDO: Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate Bollywood Diwali from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway. There will be a red carpet entry/pictures, social hour, black-tie dinner and, of course, Bollywood entertainment. Tickets are $101 per person for society members and $201 each for non-members. For information, call Arvind Shah at (863) 651-4418, email info@gujaratisocietycfl.com or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

TAMPA INDIA FESTIVAL NOV. 5

India Fest TampaOrganized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, the daylong 29th India Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets for the annual event are $9 for adults and $7 for kids under 16 years of age. As always, booths will offer clothes, jewelry, film DVDs and music CDs, arts and crafts, photo studio and home décor. There also will be numerous eateries selling delicacies such as samosas, bhel puri, chicken curry and dosas.

In the entertainment area, performers will be adorned in colorful attire for four categories of dance competition – garba, raas, folk and bhangra. Several closed-circuit TV monitors will be set up so people can shop and eat while watching the dances.

This year’s India Fest chairman Vijay Gandhi can be reached at (863) 287-7970, email chair.iftb@gmail.com or visit www.indiafestivaltampabay.com

Disclaimer: Please check with local organizers, event details are subject to change.

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