AUGUST 2014
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

AUG. 10: RAKSHA BANDHAN

AUG. 15: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY

AUG. 17: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI

AUG. 18: PARSI NEW YEAR

AUG. 29: GANESH CHATURTHI

AUG. 30: PARYUSHAN (JAIN FESTIVAL) BEGINS

EVENTS

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

AUG. 2: MONTHLY SATSANG; based on inspiration of Swami Mukundanandji; 3 to 5 p.m.; 380 Newbury Place N., St. Petersburg; for information, call (727) 490-2298.

THROUGH AUG. 3: “CHALO CHALE DEV DARBAR;” discourses by Ben Shree-Vijuben Rajani; 4 to 7 p.m. weekend; Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa; for information, call Himat Bhai Parekh at (813) 922-8090 or visit www.srilaxminarayanmandir.org

AUG. 3: KIDS’ HEALTH FAIR; presented by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay and India Cultural Center; ICC, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 1 to 4 p.m.; back-to-school physical, dental check-ups and health certificates to be provided; for information, call Malti Pandya at (813) 431-9731 or Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767.

AUG. 3: SUMMER CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; presented by Swaralaya of Tampa; vocalist Sheela Ranganathan accompanied by Ashwin Ramanathan on violin and Keshav Nelavai on mridangam; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4 p.m.; for information, call Anu Durai at (727) 743-1648.

AUG. 5-13: “DEVI BHAGWAT;” Ben Shree-Vijuben Rajani to speak on Vyas Pith; 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. weekend; Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for information, call Himat Bhai Parekh at (813) 922-8090 or visit www.ambajimandir.org

AUG. 7-11: ART OF LIVING HAPPINESS PROGRAM; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekend; for details, call Sejal/Amit at (727) 415-4268 or (813) 300-0364.

AUG. 16: YOGATHON (CHALLENGE OF DOING 108 SURYANAMASKARAS); 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; for details, call Sasidhara at (201) 683-1777.

AUG. 16: “WAHH” WORLD FUSION BAND; East meets West band combining Western jazz and rock with Indian music; presented by Traditions at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill; doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8; $20 plus tax; cash bar and concessions available; call (352) 799-4653, Ext. 4.

AUG. 16: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI; 8 p.m. to midnight; Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., Tampa; for information, call Nick at (813) 334-0443 or Angela at (813) 265-2638.

AUG. 20: 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.

AUG. 20: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; speaker is Ned Pope, president , FloridaNEXT Foundation; 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

AUG. 24: TEEN DEPRESSION; presented by PEHCHAAN; interactive, informative session with Dr. Aarti Mathur, PsyD. licensed psychologist; 2 to 4 p.m.; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; free and open to all; light refreshments will be provided; RSVP pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com or call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, Vandan Kamath at (813) 417-3248 or visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

SEPT. 6: BANYAN BALL 2014; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St.; agenda includes keynote speaker, business awards, entertainment; for tickets or information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit www.indo-us.org

SEPT. 18-21; FIFTH ANNUAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; for details, call (813) 308-9797 or visit www.iifftampa.com

SEPT. 27: TIECON FLORIDA 2014 – A CELEBRATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by entertainment; keynote speaker is venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande; for sponsorship and other information, call Kamlesh Darji at (813) 841-9216 or register at www.tieconfl.com

OCT. 4: 3RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL; Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg; noon to 8 p.m.; for details, visit www.tbicf.com

SARASOTA/PALMETTO

SEPT. 6: 2014 MANASOTA INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota; theme of the second annual event is “The Festivals of India;” Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto; noon to 8 p.m.; $3 per person (ages 5 and over); food, cultural activities, dance program; for event sponsorship, call Samir Purohit at (941) 799-0061; for information, call festival Chairman Dr. Snehal Parikh at (941) 518-6298 or Anish Patel at (941) 962-9812.

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

AUG. 16-17: JANMASHTAMI/NAND MAHOTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936, Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729 or visit www.pushtidhamocala.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

AUG. 3: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP SYMPOSIUM; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; three speakers to highlight “Current status of mental health in our community,” “Family breakups and appropriate responses” and “Mental health and familial disruption – effect on our youth/our community”; for information, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

THROUGH AUG. 3: SHIV MAHA PURAN GYAN YAGNA; by Shastri Rajendra Prasadji; Maa Durga - Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for timings and other information, call the mandir at (407) 437-6709 or e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com

AUG. 9: SPECIAL DANCE PERFORMANCE; performers are four visually Impaired artists from Deepa Academy in Bangalore; 6 to 8 p.m.; presented by Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Babuji Ambikapathy at (407) 230-2762, Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

AUG. 15-17: KRISHNA LEELA; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; three-day program in Hindi and Gujarati with Special Youth Session in English by Swami Narayancharandasji of Vrajbhoomi Ashram; for timings, call the mandir at (407) 699-5277.

AUG. 17: JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL; organized by ISKCON (International Society For Krishna Consciousness) Orlando; ISKCON temple, 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; bhajans, arati, cultural program, Abhishek, midnight maha-arati; for information, call (407) 439-4394 or visit www.iskconorlando.com

AUG. 17: KRISHNA JANMASHTMI; 9 p.m. to midnight bhajans and kirtans; Shri Shivdham Hindu Temple, 460 O'Berry Hoover Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 380-2661 or visit www.shivtemple.net

AUG. 23: MIKA SINGH IN CONCERT; with Sunny Leone; presented by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw; Orange County Convention Center, Linda Chaplin Theater, 9800 International Drive, Orlando; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $49; for information, call (407) 454-3334 or (813) 842-0345.

AUG. 29: BRAHAMOTSAVAM AND GANESH CHATURTHI; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for details, call the mandir at (407) 699-5277 or email info@hindutempleorlando.org

SEPT. 7: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; noon to 5 p.m.; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; free admission, parking, food sampling; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

SEPT. 20: COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; (blood drawing date is Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; call the mandir at (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

ALACHUA

AUG. 17: SRI KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; organized by Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; all-day darshan from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; arati, children’s costume contest, classical Indian dance and music performance, Radha Krishna abhisheka, maha arati; for details, call the temple at (386) 462-2017, e-mail alachuatemple@gmail.com or visit www.alachuatemple.com

INVERNESS

AUG. 16: KRISHNA JANMASTHAMI; 6 p.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, visit www.shirdiusa.com or call (352) 860-2181.

AUG. 30: GANESH CHATURTHI; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, visit www.shirdiusa.com

MELBOURNE/SPACE COAST AREA

AUG. 15-17: PRANPRATISTHA/KUMBHABHISHEKAM; opening ceremony for Manav Mandir temple, 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne; call (321) 426-0688 or visit www.mmbrevard.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (CORAL SPRINGS)

AUG. 9: SHREYA GHOSHAL IN CONCERT; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $39; for information, call (954) 590-0955, (954) 749-3221 or visit www.parachaentertainment.com

AUG. 31: RAKSHABANDHAN CELEBRATION AND BOWLING PARTY; organized by the Indian Regional & Cultural Center; 3 to 6 p.m.; Strikers Family Sports Center, 8500 N.W. 44th St., Sunrise; free for current members; family membership is $50, non-members $10 per person; for information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit www.irccflorida.com

SEPT. 6: MUSIC CONCERT; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); Saraswathi Rangnathan on veena and Ganapathi Rangnathan on mridangam; NSU Museum of Art (auditorium), 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 6 to 9 p.m.; $25 for general admission; for information, call APAI at (954) 885-1466 or email apaiart@comcast.net

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

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

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