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APRIL 5: FLORIYA’S 5TH ORISSA DAY CELEBRATION; Rudrakshya Group, a 15-member ensemble from India will perform; 6 p.m.; USF College of Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; $25; VIP (limited seats) are $100; for information, call Kiron Senapathy at (813) 340-2324 or Gopa Rautray at (813) 598-9848.

APRIL 6: GUDHI PADWA; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); program starts at 11 a.m. with Gudhi pooja are 11:30 followed by "Seven Stars of Hinduism" by Dileep Thatte and then lunch; Riverview Community Center, 11020 Park Drive, Riverview; for details, write to or join MMTB mailing list at

APRIL 16: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

APRIL 13: CARNATIC MUSIC CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; featuring vocalist Sikkil C. Gurucharan, Nagai Sriram on the violin, and Neyveli Skandasubramanian on the mridangam; 5 p.m.; University of South Florida, College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; for tickets, call Lata Kumar at (813) 948-6316, Dr. V. Srinivasan at (727) 738-1114, e-mail or visit

APRIL 19: SRI KRISHNA LEELA; presented by Shreyas-An Expression of Dance; Bharatha Natyam dance-drama with music in several Indian languages; program is both a tribute to legendary actress and dancer Padmini, and a fundraiser for a charitable cause; 6 p.m.; Walter L. Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Tickets are $10, $15; for information, call Ravi Narayanan at (813) 760-0323 or Joseph Kurian at (813) 310-0720.

APRIL 19: ANNUAL BAISAKHI CELEBRATION; organized by the Punjabi Association of America; social hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; program, dinner and dancing from 7:30 p.m. onward; featuring professional DJ, Bollywood dances and university bhangra teams; $25, VIP tickets are $100; for information, call Dr. Satnam Singh at (941) 807-1917 or Amrita Bedi at (352) 597-8342.

APRIL 20: CLASSICAL/SEMI-CLASSICAL LIGHT MUSICAL CONCERT; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); vocalist Devaki Pandit (who was judge on Marathi Idol a k a Idea “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”) with Kedar Pandit on tabla and Kumar Karandikar on harmonium; late afternoon (4:30 p.m. or so), venue to be finalized; tickets are $20 adult, $10 for child over 10, $10 for student; for more details, call Deepak Phadnis at (727) 772 7178 or Sanjiv Potdar at (813) 655-5900 or write to or join MMTB mailing list at

APRIL 25-MAY 10: MANTRA; an exhibition of ceramic work by artist-in-residence Vaibhav Alandikar; The Tim Salen Gallery; St. Petersburg Clay Company; 420 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg; gallery opening and reception is at 7 p.m. on Friday April 25; for information, e-mail or visit

APRIL 26: SHREE MAHAPRABHUJI’S UTSAV; organized by the Shree Yamuna Preeti Seva Samaj of Tampa Bay in presence of Shri Yogeshkumar Maharajshri; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida Hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Anil Shah at (813) 653-0490 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

APRIL 26: INDO-US CHAMBER BANYAN BALL; 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Tampa Garden Club, which is at 2629 Bayshore Blvd.; tickets of $125 per individual or $1,000 for table of 10 may be purchased online at under the Pay Online Tab; for information, call Samant Sharma at (727) 799-5615 or e-mail

MAY 4: "ADOLESCENT SEXUAL HEALTH," organized by Pehchaan; parents and adolescents (12 years of age and up) invited to a workshop 2 to 4 p.m.; registration at 1:45 pm; $2 admission fee; New Tampa Family YMCA, 16221 Compton Drive; speaker is Dr. Pranita Nirgudkar, (obstetrics and gynecology); for information, call (813) 545-9782 or (813) 810-2470 or e-mail

MAY 4: JUGALBANDI; organized by Swaralaya of Tampa Bay; two world-renowned flautists Shashank and Pandit Ronu Mazumdar will perform; 5 p.m., USF Public Health hall; tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non members; for information, call Lata Kumar at (813) 948-6316 or visit www.Swaralya.US

MAY 10: CARNIVAL TAMPA ’08: THIRD ANNUAL CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL; gates open at 1 p.m.; Cuban Club Outdoor Arena; 2010 Palma Ave. and 13th and 14th streets; $10 admission fee; kids under 10 years are free; for information, call (813) 770-2449 or visit.

MAY 10: INDIA NIGHT- DANCES AND CUISINES OF INDIA; organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay; regional food samplers with cool wines and a warm psychosensory ambience; formal attire; scintillating showcase of Indian musical exhibit with accomplished artistic and dance items; social mixer begins at 7 p.m. with cultural showcase at 8 p.m.; $50 per person while sponsors/VIPs pay $100 per person; for tickets and more information, call Dr. Krishan K. Batra at (813) 963-9857 or Dinesh Gandhi at (727) 858-4123.

MAY 11: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Sunday, Fort Desoto Park, St. Petersburg; for information, call Samaj President Dr. Harish Patel at (727) 543-5599, Vice President C.J. Patel at (813) 960-8450 or visit


APRIL 5: INDIA FEST: organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida on its grounds; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; games, jewelry, Indian dresses; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, contact the temple at (407) 699-5277 or visit

APRIL 5 AND APRIL 19: HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA NEW AGE (SENIORS GROUP); on April 5, the group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $5 per person; seminar, study circle, games, tea party for 50 years and older; also, on Saturday, April 19, an additional event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971- 9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or e-mail

APRIL 6: UGADI FESTIVAL; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277.

APRIL 6: GUDHI PADWA; organized by the Orlando Marathi Mandal; 5 p.m.; $8 for adults, $15 for adult non-members; $5 for member’s children; $8 for non-member’s children; Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, e-mail

APRIL 19: THE LEGACY TOUR: A Tribute to Pandit Nikhil Banerjee by Pandit Parthapratim Chatterjee, Purbayan Chatterjee, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Anubrata Chatterjee; 7:30 p.m.; Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College; for more information and tickets, call (407) 333-3667 or Kiran Arora at (407) 876-5772 or visit

MAY 4: COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR, organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida in its community hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; presented by the Central Florida Association of Physicians from India in association with Florida Hospital, Orlando Regional Hospital, and Central Florida Regional Hospital; free basic health checkup; health education lectures; screening services; liver, kidney and bone marrow transplant information; cultural programs; Indian food stalls; for more information, e-mail Dr. Aravind Pillai at or call the temple at (407) 699-5277.

MAY 7: "AN EVENING WITH DR. GERMAN, DEAN OF THE UCF MEDICAL SCHOOL;" presented by TiE Florida; 6:30 pm; Sheraton Downtown Orlando; for information, visit or call (407) 286-1921.


APRIL 20: SENIOR EXPO; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); noon, Kiwanis Park, Merritt Island; for information, call Kumkum Pandit at (321) 761-0284 or check out

MAY 11: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); 1 p.m., Kiwanis Park, Merritt Island; for information, call Kumkum Pandit at (321) 761-0284 or check out MARCH 29: INDIA FEST, presented by the India Cultural & Education Center (; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Fe Community College Gymnasium, 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606; $3 admission, kids younger than 5 years of age are free; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; health fair will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and cultural show from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; for vendor information, call Naina Patel: (352) 384-1594 and for general information, call Manisha Ranade: (352) 271-3065.


APRIL 10: “TASTE OF INDIA,” organized by Florida State University's International Center (; the center has started a cultural dinner series as a way to raise funds and establish an endowment for international student scholarships; dinners co-sponsored by the Woman's Club of Tallahassee; India Association of Tallahassee ( is lending its support for the dinner; for information, call the FSU International Center (Cindy Green: or India Association of Tallahassee.


APRIL 2: "NON-TRADITIONAL SOURCES OF FINANCING,” presented by TiE Florida; 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tower Club, 100 S.E. Third Ave., #28, Fort Lauderdale; $20 members/$30 non-members; for information and registration, go to or call (407) 286-1921.

APRIL 18: ASHA BHOSLE CONCERT; presented by Rhythm Foundation and Broward Center for the Performing Arts; 8 p.m.; Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets range from $35 to $140; for information, call (954) 462-0222, visit or e-mail

MAY 17: IRCC IDOL AND TALENT SHOW; organized by the Indian Religious and Cultural Center; 7 p.m., Western High School, 1200 S.W. 136th Ave., Davie; trophies and prizes for winners in IRCC Idol and group dance categories; judged categories are solo singing and group dance; category not judged is comedy; deadline for entries is April 12; tickets are $20 per person, children 4 to 12 years of age are $10; children under 3 are free; for information, call Poonam Wadhwa at (954) 345-3412 or Milan Khakhria at (954) 888-7707 or visit


YOGA AND MEDITATION: The Hindu Temple of Florida Vidyalaya presents Yoga and Meditation Classes 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting April 6. Conducted by Shri Sree Reddy, the classes will be held in the temple hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. Minimal fee of $20 per month for the Raja Yoga and Jyothi Meditation classes will be charged. For information, call Nainan Desai at (813) 931-7442, Indira Sastry at (813) 854-1444, Suman Lingappa at (813) 994-2915 or Gayathri Chandra 813-814-2966.

VEDAS: Veda class is being conducted by B. Ganesan (Ganesh) at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; an engineer by profession, Ganesan works in Abu Dhabi, teaching Veda mantras for the last 17 years; Sri Rudhram, Chamaham, Sookthams, Upanishads are being taught for Vedic chanting during this free class; for information, call Ganesan at (813) 732-5935.

VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (; classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail:; Web site:

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 10am to noon in Tampa; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; for more information on location and fees visit or call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (; classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail or

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on


JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail


CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, e-mail



HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

VISHNU MANDIR: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551.

SANATAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482.

SHRI SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on

BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY AREA MOSQUE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007.

GURDWARA: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on

SHRI SHIVDHAM HINDU TEMPLE AND BRAHMRISHI YOGASHRAM: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.


SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.


ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.


SHIRDI SAI CENTER: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail


HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on


SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.

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