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AUG. 1-2: REJUVENATION YOGA & MEDITATION; conducted by Satguru Maharishi Om; Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa; for free registration (mandatory), visit or email; for details, call Pina at (813) 951-8171 or Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir at (813) 444-9786.

AUG. 2: “PAPPA AVAJ HOI CHE;” Gujarati play starring Darmesh Vyas and Neha Pakai among others presented by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 5 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; free to GSTB members and $15 non-members; seniors 65 years of age and over and children ages 5 through 18 are $10; for information, call Manish Patel at (813) 270-9896 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.                  

AUG. 9: NIGHTS OF BOLLYWOOD; starring Avijeet Roy and Shruti Rane; presented by Parimal Butala; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 p.m.; tickets start at $30; for information, call Parimal at (813) 892-8197.            

AUG. 13-16: ART OF SILENCE (RESIDENTIAL) COURSE; Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, Brooksville; for information, call Sasidhara Manthena at (201) 683-1777, email or register at

AUG. 19: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; panel discussions on non-profits; free; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit

AUG. 19: 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. 28-30: FIFTH INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; Carmike Cinemas (formerly Muvico) Centro Ybor 20, 1600 E. 8th Ave, Tampa; for details, call (813) 308-9797 or visit

SEPT. 7: SUNDARA KAANDAM: THE SIGNET OF HOPE; Ramayana dance ballet choreographed and directed by Guru Anitha Guha; AIM for Seva Benefit program; 4 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Kala Gangadharan at (732) 485-3410, Anu Durai at (727) 743-1648 or visit

SEPT. 19: FOURTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL; Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg; noon to 10 p.m.; tickets start at $10; for details, visit

SEPT. 25: AKSHAYA PATRA USA 2015 TAMPA GALA; keynote speaker will be Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 p.m.; to register, call Piyali Dutta at (781) 438-3090, Ext. 4; also visit

SEPT. 26: BANYAN BALL 2015; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 7 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


AUG. 21-24: ART OF LIVING HAPPINESS PROGRAM; St. Boniface Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekend; for information, call Kavitha Viswanath at (315) 751-5880, email or register at

AUG. 22: THIRD ANNUAL MANASOTA INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota; Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto; noon to 8 p.m.; food, cultural activities, dance program; for information, call (941) 518-6298 or (941) 962-9812.


SEPT. 5: SRI KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; organized by Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; all-day darshan from 8 a.m. to past midnight; arati, children’s costume contest, classical Indian dance and music performance, Radha Krishna abhisheka, maha arati; for details, call (352) 222-1440, e-mail or visit


AUG. 2: MONTHLY MEET; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; Experience Exchange workshop; carom, cards, chess, snacks, tea/coffee; free for members with prior RSVP or $5 at the gate for all; RSVP to 

AUG. 20: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce and Asian American Chamber of Commerce; keynote speaker John B. Jung Jr. of BB&T Capital Markets will speak on “Jumpstarting the U.S. Economy”; Crowne Plaza Downtown, 304 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando; 6 to 8 p.m.; free for IACC members; $10 for non-members; RSVP by Aug. 18; for information, visit

AUG. 21: LIVE IN CONCERT; performer is Dev Bansraj Ramkissoon; 6 p.m.; Gabby Bouquet Hall, 699 U.S. 27, Clermont; tickets $15 in advance or $20 at door; presented by Indian Horizon of Florida; for information, call Hari Singh at (321) 662-1887.

SEPT. 18: ARIJIT SINGH LIVE IN CONCERT; CFE Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando; 8:30 p.m.; tickets start at $39; for information, call Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345 or Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334.

SEPT. 20: 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. 26: SIXTH ANNUAL IACC GALA; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $110 per person until Aug. 31; for information, call (407) 391-5151, e-mail or visit


AUG. 1: GURU PURNIMA CELEBRATION; all day from 9 a.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, visit or call (352) 860-2181.


AUG. 5-11: Maharajpuram RamachandRAN Carnatic Classical Music workshop; presented by Raaga; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for timing and other details, call (239) 634-6668 or visit

SEPT. 12: Song of THE Jasmine; presented by Raaga; Bharat Natyam and jazz fusion concert; created by Aparna Ramaswamy, Ranee Ramaswamy and Rudresh Mahanthappa; 7:30 p.m.; Barbara B. Mann Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers; for information, e-mail or visit


THROUGH AUG. 2: SHRIMAD DEVI BHAGWAT GYAN YAGNA; organized by Brevard Hindu Mandir; 1517 Avenida Del Rio, Melbourne; weekends from 4 to 8:30 p.m., for more information, call Vinu Patel at (321) 432-4535.

AUG. 5-9: ART OF LIVING HAPPINESS PROGRAM WITH RAJESH JAGASIA; Manav Mandir Temple community room, 7500 Waelti Drive, Melbourne; 6:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekend; for information, call Tushar at (352) 871-2394, email


AUG. 1: BALLE BALLE COMEDY SHOW; featuring Paul Singh; 6:30 to 10 p.m.; La Quinta Inn, 3701 University Drive, Coral Springs; $30 members or $35 non-members in advance; for information, call Manmeet at (561) 445-7987 or visit

AUG. 22: MELODIOUS MOODS; Indian classical vocal music featuring Hemang Mehta (vocal), Meghashyam Keshav on tabla and Dr. Neelesh Nadkarni on harmonium; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India; Broward County Main Library Auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; visit

AUG. 30: RAKSHABANDHAN CELEBRATION AND BOWLING PARTY; organized by the Indian Regional & Cultural Center; 3 to 6 p.m.; SpareZ Bowling Arena, 5325 S. University Drive, Davie; free for current members; family membership is $50, non-members $10 per person; for information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit

SEPT. 12: SUNDARA KAANDAM: THE SIGNET OF HOPE; Ramayana dance ballet choreographed and directed by Guru Anitha Guha; AIM for Seva Benefit program; 6 p.m.; Miramar Cultural Theatre, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; for information, call (954) 680-2108, email or visit

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to by the 20th.

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

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