APRIL 2013
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

APRIL 14: BAISAKHI

APRIL 20: RAMANAVAMI

APRIL 25: MAHAVIR JAYANTI

APRIL 25: HANUMAN JAYANTI

Events

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

APRIL 5: MAESTROS IN CONCERT; Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma; Straz Center for the Performing Arts (Ferguson Hall), 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $20; for information, call the center at (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org

APRIL 7: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORKSHOP; conducted by Nikki Daniels, executive director of Family Justice Center; 2 to 4 p.m. (registration at 1:30); Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; free; tea/coffee will be provided; organized by PEHCHAAN; RSVP to pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com or call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563 or Sapna Dembla at (813) 265-3225; for information, visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

APRIL 14: GATHA ODISSI DANCE RECITAL; presented by Tampa Bay Rath Yatra; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; $15 per person and includes vegetarian dinner; for tickets and information, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or Kiron Senapati at (813) 340-2324.

APRIL 14: SHRIMAD BHAGAVAD GITA CHANTING COMPETITION 2013; presented by Chinmaya Mission Tampa; “Chinmaya Prasad” Ashram, 18708 Hanna Road, Lutz; 2 to 4 p.m.; Gita Chapter 2: Verses 1-25 plus opening/closing verses; for details and to register early, visit http://chinmayaprasad.org/gitachanting.htm; for more information, call (813) 857-0134 or e-mail gita@chinmayaprasad.org

APRIL 17: ICC SENIORS GET-TO-GATHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

APRIL 17: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; free; HCI Building, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; speaker will be Tod Lieweke, CEO and Alternate Governor, Tampa Bay Lightning; dinner will be served; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

THROUGH APRIL 18: THERAPIST-FACILITATED SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN IN TRANSITION (EVERY THURSDAY); presented by Pehchaan; 5:30 to 7 p.m.; 5600 Mariner St., Suite 205, Tampa (Watermark building 11); free; group goal is to promote personal growth and wellness with a therapeutic approach; for information, call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, Deepa Dasani at (419) 320-7192, after 5 p.m. or visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

APRIL 20: INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; more than $10,000 cash prizes to be awarded; $5 entry fee; a day before, on April 19, a VIP event will be held at same venue; Friday VIP event tickets are $150 per person and $250 for two; for information, call Sadhana Ramcharran at (727) 798-4258, Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or visit www.tbicf.com

APRIL 27: PUNJABI MELA; presented by the Punjabi Association; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; starts at 6:30 p.m.; $40 general admission, student/child are $30 each and VIP are $100; tickets available online only at www.punjabiassociationoftampa.com; for information, e-mail punjabitampa@gmail.com

APRIL 27: GUDIPADWA CELEBRATION; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4 to 10 p.m.; for information, e-mail contact_us@mmtbusa.org or visit http://www.mmtbusa.org/

APRIL 27: 2nd ANNUAL PUBLIC SPEAKING AND VISUAL ART COMPETITION; for elementary, middle and high school kids; organized by PEHCHAAN; one-hour training session will be provided by an expert on “How to excel;” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration at 9:30); Carrollwood Cultural Center (Annex), 13345 Casey Road, Tampa; free; RSVP to pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com or call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, Nandini Bandyopadhyay at (813) 220-5794; for information, visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

APRIL 28: GUJARAT GAURAV DIN; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4 p.m.; Khathiawadi Dinner will be served followed by program by Albela Khatri; free to GSTB members; $10 for non-members; for information, call Bhogilal Patel at (813) 784-6653, Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

APRIL 29: “DEAR FATHER;” Hindi play starring Paresh Rawal in a double role; Centro Asturiano Hall, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa; 8 p.m.; tickets start from $40; for tickets and detailed information, call Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149.

MAY 11: Kriya Yoga with Yogiraj Shree Shree MangeshDa; 4:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida Assembly Hall on first floor, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; free event for all interested in learning about the yoga, which Shree Krishna taught Arjun in the Bhagvad Gita; event to be followed by Kriya Yoga Diksha on Sunday, May 12, for those interested; for information, call Mala at (813) 679-5731.

MAY 12: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Fort DeSoto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde; from 11 a.m.; snacks, Khichdi and Chaash will be provided free to members; non-members $15; for more information, call Bhogilal Patel at (813) 784-6653, Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

MAY 15: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; free; HCI Building, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; speaker to be determined; dinner will be served; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

MAY 27: SUNDERKAND BY ASHWIN PATHAK; for time, venue and detailed information, call (407) 342-0117 or (407) 468-0716.

JUNE 8: 2013 INDO-US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BANYAN BALL; annual gala and awards banquet; 6:30 p.m. onward; Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St., Tampa; annual black-tie affair features a keynote speaker, entertainment, and includes business leaders and dignitaries; for ticket and limited sponsorship opportunities, visit www.indo-us.org

JUNE 11-15: DISCOURSE ON THE BHAGWAT GITA BY PANDIT RAJIN BALGOBIND; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; bhajans from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by discourse, then mahaprasad at 9; third annual community event has been arranged by several Tampa Bay organizations; for more information, call (727) 460-2460 or (727) 798-4258.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/APOPKA

APRIL 7: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; informative seminar on stress reliever and complete home health care by VITAS; also, games such as chess, playing cards and study circle will be held; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or email hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com

APRIL 10: GUDI PADWA; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

APRIL 13: ANNUAL MATA KI CHOWKI; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 5 to 9 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

APRIL 14: GUDI PADWA; organized by the Orlando Marathi Mandal; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.; cultural program; free for members or $20 per adults; $10 for children ages 5-10; for information, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800, Vaibhav Joshi at (321) 947-7777 or e-mail orlandomarathi@yahoo.com

APRIL 19: RAM NAVMI - Kalyanam AND Sampoorna Ramayan Path; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; from 10 a.m. continuous for 24 hours; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

APRIL 21 AND APRIL 28: HEALTH FAIR LAB WORK; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

APRIL 21: TRIP TO KASHI ASHRAM, SEBASTIAN, AND YOGA SHAKTI MISSION, PALM BAY; Gujarati Society seniors to visit ashram in Sebastian and mission in Palm Bay; meet at Swaminarayan Temple, 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando; bus to leave mandir at 8:30 a.m. and return around 6 p.m.; $25 per person; for information, call Rupaben at (321) 948-4113 or I.C. Bhavsar at (407) 948-1058.

APRIL 25: HANUMAN JAYANTI; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 108 Hanuman Chalisa from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

APRIL 25: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6 to 9 p.m.; admission is free for IACC members, others is $25; for information, call Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit www.iaccorlando.com

APRIL 28: “DEAR FATHER;” Hindi play starring Paresh Rawal in a double role; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Lyman high School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 6:30 p.m.; $30, $50, $75, $100, VIP; for tickets, call Manoj at (407) 342-0117, Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MAY 4: SPRING GARBA; presented by Gujarati Youth Society; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free entry and free food; donations accepted; for more information, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MAY 5: ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR; Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; organized as a volunteer effort by the members of CAPI (Central Florida Association of Doctors from India), it offers free health services, consultations and seminars; for detailed information on blood/lab work (to be held on April 21 or April 28 at the temple), visit www.hindutempleorlando.org or call (407) 699-5277.

MAY 25: SUNDERKAND BY ASHWIN PATHAK; presented by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 5 p.m.; Sunderkand is the fifth chapter of Ramayana; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Manoj Patel at (407) 342-0117 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

LAKELAND

MAY 26: SUNDERKAND BY ASHWIN PATHAK; Anoopam Mission, 4685 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland; 6:30 to 7:30 mahaprasad followed by Sunderkand; 7:30 p.m. onward; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Manoj Patel at (407) 342-0117.

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

APRIL 14: GUDI PADAVO; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

APRIL 21: SHRI RAM NAVAMI; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

APRIL 28: SATSANG; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 to 6 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

ALACHUA

APRIL 13: HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua; $10 adult admission; children younger than 5 years of age free; music, food, yoga, culture and lots of culture; for information, call (386) 462-2017 or visit www.festivalofcolorsfla.com

FORT MYERS

APRIL 21: HOLI PICNIC; presented by the India Association of Fort Myers; for venue, time and other details, e-mail sapna.mathur3@gmail.com or visit http://www.iafortmyers.org/

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST)

MAY 12: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by Indian Association of Space Coast; Kiwanis Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island; 2 to 6 p.m.; for information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail iascbrevard@gmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

ORMOND BEACH/DAYTONA BEACH

APRIL 13: BAISAKHI MELA; Rockefeller Gardens Park, 26 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach (across from The Casements); noon to 3:30 p.m.; organized by the Indian Cultural Society of Daytona; on the agenda are food, clothing, jewelry for sale, traditional dances; for information, call (386) 679-7640 or e-mail icsdaytona@gmail.com

JACKSONVILLE

APRIL 11: MAESTROS IN CONCERT; Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma; Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville; 7:30 p.m.; $25; for information, call (904) 389-6222 or visit www.riversidefinearts.org 

APRIL 11: UDAGI GUDI PADVA; celebrated at the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630 or visit www.hsnef.org/

APRIL 20-21: AKHAND RAMAYAN PATH; Ram Navami on April 19; celebrated at the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630 or visit www.hsnef.org/

APRIL 23: MAHAVIR JAYANTI; celebrated at the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; for information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630 or visit www.hsnef.org/

APRIL 25: HANUMAN JAYANTI; celebrated at the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; for information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630 or visit www.hsnef.org/

JULY 18-23: Dada Bhagwan’s Gurupurnima; presented by Dada Bhagwan Pariwar (family) of Southeast U.S.A.; in the presence of Pujya Deepakbhai Desai; Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville; real-time translations from Gujarati to English; daily program from 9:30 a.m. till 7:30 pm.; no cost to attend the event; all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided free; for program details, visit usevents.dadabhagwan.org; for more information, call (877) 505-DADA (3232), Ext. 10, or e-mail gp@us.dadabhagwan.org

TALLAHASSEE

APRIL 10: MAESTROS IN CONCERT; Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma; Ruby Diamond Concert Hall at Florida State University, Westcott Building, 502 S. Copeland St., Tallahassee; 7:30 p.m.; for ticket information, call (850) 644-6500 or visit www.sevendaysfestival.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (WEST PALM BEACH/FORT LAUDERDALE/PEMBROKE PINES)

APRIL 4: MAESTROS IN CONCERT; Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma; South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Mainstage), 10950 S.W. 211 St., Cutler Bay/Miami; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $10; for information, call (786) 573-5300, e-mail boxoffice@smdcac.org or visit http://www.smdcac.org/

APRIL 6: MAESTROS IN CONCERT; Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma; Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth/Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $29; for information, call the theatre at (561) 868-3309 or visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/

APRIL 6: HOLI PICNIC; organized by Bengali Association of South Florida; John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, 6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach; for information, visit www.basfl.org

APRIL 13: GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION; 2 to 6 p.m.; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 252-8802, e-mail info@sfht.org or visit www.sfht.org

APRIL 21: RAMA NAVAMI/HANUMAN JAYANTI; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami; during Chinmaya Mission Bal Vihar prayer assembly; for information, visit www.cmmiami.org

MAY 19: Celestial Vocal Concert; organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; vocalist Arati Ankalikar Tikekar will be accompanied by Vibhav Khandolkar on tabla, Milind Kulkarni on harmonium; 5 to 8 p.m.; Artserve Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; tickets from $20 to $25; for purchase, visit www.apaiart.com

Event details are subject to change. Please check with local organizers.

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