APRIL 2015
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

significant dates







APRIL 4: 2015 UGADI CELEBRATIONS; organized by Telugu Association of Florida; cultural program at 6 followed by dinner; Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa; $15 members and $20 for non-members; for information, call (727) 492-5699 or visit www.taftampa.com

APRIL 11: GUDI PADWA; presented by Maayboli Melawa of Tampa Bay (MMTB); “A Musical Retreat – Guldasta,” new and old Hindi/Marathi songs; Hillsborough Community College auditorium - Dale Mabry campus, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa; 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For details/tickets, visit www.mmtbusa.org or call (813) 815-0467.

APRIL 15: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; topic of panel discussion is “Perspectives on the Economy on the Restaurant Industry;” free; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

APRIL 15: 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 18: PUNJABI MELA; presented by Punjabi Association of Tampa; celebrity DJ K-Square; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; cocktail hour starts at 6:30 p.m.; tickets available at www.punjabiassociationoftampa.com; for information, call Amrit Brar at (813) 295-2121 or Amarjit Dhaliwal at (813) 334-9333.

APRIL 18: 4th BIENNIAL FUNDRAISING GALA AND SILENT AUCTION; organized by Pehchaan; English play “Jagdamba,” a Cappella group from Miami and dinner; Hillsborough Community College, Brandon campus, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; 5 p.m.; $50 general admission; $100 sponsorship and above; for information, call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, Nandini Bandyopadhyay at (813) 220-5794 or visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

APRIL 18-24: “LECTURE ON GITA;” talks in English by Swami Mukundanandaji; Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on weekends and 6 to 9 p.m. during weekdays; daily program consists of yoga, meditation and lecture followed by dinner prasad; for free registration and information, call Sushma Srivastava at (727) 490-2298 or (727) 743-1183.

APRIL 25: SUNSET BHANGRA; 10 teams to participate in bhangra competition presented by High-Fi; Centro Asturiano, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave, Ybor City/Tampa; for tickets and other information, visit www.sunsetbhangra.com

APRIL 25: Volleyball Championship Cup Tournament; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 8 a.m.; Lettuce Park, 6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa; free to all; for information, call Manish Patel at (813) 270-9896 or Upesh Bhakta at (727) 492-5943.

APRIL 26: “WISDOM, MEDITATION, BLISS;” Sadhguru talk; 1 p.m. check-in, talk from 2 to 4; Straz Center for Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N. W.C.MacInnes Place, Tampa; to purchase tickets and other details, visit www.ishausa.org/tampa

APRIL 26: GUJARATI GAURAV DIWAS; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4 p.m.; free to GSTB members; non-members $15 and $10 kids under 18 and seniors over 65; Khathiyavadi dinner/entertainment, which will be Sugam Sangeet, Dayro in Gujarati (no Bollywood) presented by 10 artists from India; for information, call Vijay Gandhi at (863) 287-7970 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

APRIL 26: HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL; organized by Swaradhana in association with St. Petersburg College; vocal recital by Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar and santoor recital by Dhananjay Daithankar; also, Milind Kulkarni on harmonium, and Harshad Kanetkar and Ajinkya Joshi on tabla; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St.; $50 per person or $150 sponsors (two tickets included); free for SPC students with valid ID and children under 18; paid tickets include light lunch, tea/coffee; purchase tickets at www.swaradhana.org or email info@swaradhana.org for information.

MAY 16: “KRISHNA;” English musical dance drama presented by choreographer/actor Shobana; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; tickets start at $30; for information, call Lakshmi Biju at (813) 957-1091, Sheila Narayanan at (813) 961-6120 or visit www.krishnashowtampa.com

MAY 24: BAPS CHARITIES WALKATHON; registration at 8, then walk at 9 a.m.; Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa; for information, visit www.bapscharities.org/usa/tampa/walk2015tampa/


APRIL 4: HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS; 3 to 7 p.m.; Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua; $10 adult admission; children younger than 5 years of age free; live music, food and lots of colors; for information, call (386) 462-2017 or visit www.festivalofcolorsfla.com


APRIL 5: MAUJ AND MAASTI; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; carom, chess, snacks, tea/coffee; $3 per person for non-members with prior RSVP or $3 at the gate; RSVP hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com 

APRIL 12: HEALTH FAIR DAY; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for information, call Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733 or Dr. Rajesh Patel at (407) 687-8576.

APRIL 12: SEASONS OF INDIA; presented by Asian Cultural Association; violin maestro Kala Ramnath and Florida Young Artists Orchestra; Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando; tickets start at $25; for information, call ACA at (407) 333-3667 or visit www.fyao.org or www.aca-florida.org

APRIL 12: “Gujjubhai Banya Dabang;” Gujarati comedy play presented by Krish Patel, V.M. Patel and Dayabhai Patel; 5 p.m. dinner and 6 p.m. show; tickets start at $15; Olympia High School, 4301 S Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334 or V.M. Patel at (407) 467-9220.

APRIL 18: GUDI PAWDA; organized by Orlando Marathi Mandal; Hindu Society of Central Florida auditorium, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 4:30 p.m.; for information, call (858) 900-4210.

APRIL 18: HOLI; ISKCON Orlando (Hare Krishna Temple), 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; noon; $10, including two color packs; for information, call (407) 677-7142 or visit www.iskconorlando.com 

APRIL 19: “JAGADAMBA:” two-act English play on Kasturba Gandhi; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $15 regular or $50 for VIP; for information, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0880, Kishore Pathare at (321) 960-5497 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

APRIL 19-25: THE WINTER PARK PAINT OUT; plein air festival of acclaimed artists, demonstrations and one-of-a-kind paintings; Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; for information, call (407) 647-6294 or visit www.winterparkpaintout.org

MAY 3: BAPS CHARITIES WALKATHON; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando; 4:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 857-0091.

MAY 15: “KRISHNA;” English musical dance drama presented by choreographer/actor Shobana; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 6:30 p.m.; tickets start at $35; for information, call (407) 900-1743 or email srishti.orlando@gmail.com


APRIL 12: “RANG RANGILO GUJARATI;” play organized by Gujarati Association of Manasota; 5 to 7 p.m.; Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton; $15 for 2015 members or $20 for non-members; for information, call Rina Patel at (941) 518-3462 or Bhumin Patel at (941) 773-4460.


APRIL 18: 28th ANNUAL INDIA FEST 2015; organized by the India Association of Fort Myers; JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway S. Drive, Fort Myers; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $5 entry fee; for information, e-mail chawlasu@gmail.com or visit www.iafortmyers.org


MAY 13-17: ANANDMURTI GURUMMAA MEDITATION RETREAT; Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront, 3101 N. Highway A1A, Melbourne; for registration or more information, call Jayam Iyer at (727) 709-2364, Lilly at (954) 801-7867 or visit www.gurumaa.com


APRIL 12: INDIA DAY; Rockefeller Gardens Park (across from the Casements), 26 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach; noon to 3:30 p.m.; free entry; Indian cuisines, dances, henna tattoos, music, arts/crafts, clothes vendors; for information, call (386) 527-0855 or visit www.icsdaytona.com


APRIL 12: MUSICAL CONCERT; Sufi songs by Hans Raj Hans; 6:30 p.m.; Coral Springs High School, 7201 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs; tickets start at $35; for information, call Jeet Sahi at (954) 214-7388 or Preet Sahi at (954) 214-7926.

APRIL 17: Meditation: Awaken Your Inner Power; free lecture on Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda presented by a monk of the Self-Realization Order; 7:30 p.m.; Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale; for information, call (954) 729-2046 or visit www.flmg-srf.org or email flmg@flmg.org

MAY 2: “A LIVE AUDIO VISUAL MUSICAL JOURNEY;” 100 years of Bollywood; Ekal Vidyalaya fundraiser; Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $25, dinner included; for information, call Jagdish Tailor at (954) 562-9375 or Nirupama Kasam at (954) 235-8883 or visit www.ekal.org

MAY 29: SHAAN LIVE IN CONCERT WITH LI’L CHAMPS; 8 p.m.; Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; for information, call Paracha at (954) 590-0955 or visit www.parachaentertainment.com

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to editor@khaasbaat.com by the 20th.

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

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