AUG. 7: RAKSHA BANDHAN
AUG. 14: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI
AUG. 15: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY
AUG. 17: PARSI NEW YEAR
AUG. 25: GANESH CHATURTHI
TAMPA/SUN CITY CENTER
AUG. 2: “Desi Club;” organized by India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa: 1 to 4 p.m.; table tennis, carom, card games, chess, etc.; no membership, no minimum age requirement; free; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.
AUG. 4: FESTIVAL OF INNER PEACE; presented by Sahaja Yoga Meditation; School of Music Concert Hall, USF, 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa; 7:30 to 9 p.m.; register at www.festivalofinnerpeace.org
AUG. 5: “BHAKTHI VS. SPIRITUALITY;” discourses in Telugu by Sri Paripoornananda Saraswathi; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, call Siva at (502) 439-7881.
AUG. 5: “MANGAL PRABHAT;” morning melodies of Hindustani classical, bhajans, ghazals, bhav geet; performers are vocalist Sunil Mungee and tabla player Shankh Lahiri; presented by Sarita Karandikar; 10:30 a.m.; Kings Point North Club, Banquet Hall, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center; $20 donation includes light lunch; RSVP at (813) 812-7963.
AUG. 6: HEALTH SCREENING; sponsored by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for first 200 patients; free and all welcome; A1C test, blood pressure, PSA test for men, screening for dental, eye, EKG; FAQ on diabetes, nutrition and weight; Please bring your ID and no food after midnight.; light breakfast available after test; for information, call Manish Patel at (813) 270-9896 or Ravi Patel at (727) 692-6399
AUG. 12: INDOOR SPORTS DAY; organized by Maayboli Melewa (Marathi Mandal) Tampa Bay; Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; chess, table tennis and carom singles/double competition; adult and kids categories, as well as men and women; $5 entry fee for members and $10 non-members per person per category; to participate, email email@example.com with your name, sport and category (single/double).
AUG. 16: MONTHLY MEETING; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; free; 6:30 p.m.; panel discussion with previous Banyan Ball winners: Sareet Majumdar, Alpesh Patel and Seema Jain; HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org
AUG. 16: 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. 26: TAMPA BAY INDIAN MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL; presented by Shruti Foundation; performers include Tara Priyadarshini Bikkasani and Rudram Dance company; vocal singer Pandit Radharaman Kirtane; Indrajit Banerjee on sitar, Ambi Subramaniam on Carnatic violin; Nandkishor Muley on santoor; Mahesh Krishnamurthy on mridangam and Shankh Lahiri on tabla; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 3 to 7 p.m.; tickets start at $30; students 12 and under $15; for information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit www.theshrutifoundation.org
SEPT. 10: FREE INTRO SESSION FOR MIND-BODY WELLNESS PROGRAM; presented by PEHCHAAN; Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa; 3 to 4 p.m.; for details, call (813) 720-7115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEPT. 16: BANYAN BALL; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa; agenda includes keynote speaker, business awards, entertainment; for tickets or information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit www.indo-us.org
SEPT. 16: ANNUAL PUNJABI MELA; organized by Punjabi Association of America; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $50 per person or $60 at door; 6:30 p.m.; for information, call Sandeep Sheth at (646) 573-8550 or Jujhar Singh Gill at (813) 340-8640.
SEPT. 16: GANESH CHATURTHI; organized by Maayboli Melewa (Marathi Mandal) Tampa Bay; HCC Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; 3:30 to 8 p.m.; free for members and $20 non-member adults and $10 for kids 11 to 17 years of age and college students with valid ID; for information, call Ram at (813) 770-4854 or email email@example.com
SEPT. 17, 24, & OCT. 1 AND OCT. 8: MIND-BODY WELLNESS PROGRAM; presented by PEHCHAAN; conducted by Dr. Anjum Kumbkarni; four-week SMART (Stress Management and Resilience Training) program includes guided meditation sessions, and various methods to elicit relaxation response, including mindfulness and imagery; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.; $50 per person for children (13 to 17 years) and $100 for adults; RSVP by Aug. 20 to (813) 720-7115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AUG. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: AAPI YOGA THERAPY; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org
AUG. 5, 12, 19, 26: HEARTFULNES MEDITATION CLASSES; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 9 to 10 a.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org
AUG. 6: SONU NIGAM & ATIF ALAM LIVE; presented by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw; CFE Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $39; for information, call Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Sonal Patel at (407) 712-3223 or visit www.bollywoodeventsfl.com to purchase tickets.
AUG. 12: EXCURSION TO OCALA; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida new Age Group; Silver Springs boat trip and darshan at Pushtidham Haveli; $12 per person for annual paid members; $40 for non-members; RSVP at email@example.com by Aug. 6.
AUG. 12: “RANG RANGEELA GUJJUBHAI;” Gujarati play presented by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 5 p.m. doors open and show starts at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $25; for information, call (407) 905-0990.
AUG. 12: DURGA SAPTSHATI; presented by Avdhoot Shivananad Ji of Shiv Yog; Rosen Jewish Community center, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free; registration required; for information, call (407) 906-3944 or visit www.shivyogusa.com
AUG. 13-19: SHRIMAD BHAGWAT KATHA SAPTAH GYAN YAGYA;” organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; katha led by Braj Baalika Shri Murlika Sharma Ji; Laxminarayan Temple, 4907 W. South St., Orlando; 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekend; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020.
AUG. 13-15: SHIV YOG COSMIC HEALING; presented by Avdhoot Shivananad Ji of Shiv Yog; Rosen Jewish Community Center, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 1 to 9 p.m.; for information, call (407) 906-3944 or visit www.shivyogglobal.com/usa
AUG. 15: SRI KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. till midnight; for information, call Mala Karkhanis at (407) 443-1605 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org
AUG. 16-21: INTENSIVE ADVAIT SRI VIDYA SADHANA LEVEL 1, 2 & 3; presented by Avdhoot Shivananad Ji of Shiv Yog; Rosen Jewish Community Center, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 1 to 9 p.m.; for information, call (407) 906-3944 or to register, visit www.shivyogglobal.com/usa
AUG. 18: FAREWELL TOUR; Asha Bhosle live in concert with playback singer Javed Ali; Linda Chapin Theater, 9800 International Drive, Orlando; 8 p.m.; for tickets, call (407) 580-2002 or visit www.tickethungama.com
AUG. 25-SEPT. 3: GANESH MAHOTSAV; hosted by Orlando Marathi Mandal; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for details, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org
AUG. 27: SITAR AND SANTOOR JUGALBANDI; presented by Naad Brahma and Srishti Foundation; Indrajit Banerjee on sitar; Nandkishor Muley on santoor and Shankh Lahiri on tabla; Lake of the Woods, Clubhouse/Auditorium, 300 Carolwood Point, Fern Park; $25 per person includes snacks; for information, call Muley at (407) 924-8373.
SEPT. 10: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; noon to 5 p.m.; free admission, parking; several booths to showcase latest trends and products for weddings; for information, call (954) 784-8100.
AUG. 26: “TALES OF A LOVABLE THIEF;” presented by Sai Nrityalaya School for Dance; Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota; 6 p.m.; $20 advance tickets or $25 day of show; for information, call (941) 328-1300 or visit www.sarasotaopera.org
AUG. 26: TALK ON CYBER SECURITY; organized by Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida at the mandir at 4 p.m.; Lee County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, graduate of FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., to address hacking and phishing issues and more; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information, call (239) 225-0319 or visit www.hindutempleswfl.org
SOUTH FLORIDA (FORT LAUDERDALE/COCONUT CREEK)
AUG. 5: FESTIVAL OF INNER PEACE; presented by Sahaja Yoga Meditation; explore one’s inner journey through music and dance; 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; free; Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; to register, visit www.festivalofinnerpeace.org
AUG. 26: APAI DAY IN BROWARD COUNTY; The Association of Performing Arts of India celebrates 20 years; North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; live performances featuring Indian classical music and dance; free admission; tickets required and available at
AUG. 27: RAKSHABANDHAN CELEBRATION AND BOWLING PARTY; organized by the Indian Regional & Cultural Center; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; SpareZ Bowling Arena, 5325 S. University Drive, Davie; free for current members and $15 per person for non-members; family membership is $50, non-members $15 per person; pizza and soda will be provided; for information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit www.irccflorida.com
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