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DEC. 6: MUSICAL MOMENTS: EAST MEETS WEST; presented by Kaakimaas Box and Shruti Foundation (Wahh! World Fusion Band); musicians include Prattyush Banerjee on sarod, singer Jolly Mukherjee, and violinists Deb and Jyoti Sankar Roy; 5 to 8 p.m.; Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at; for information, call (813) 549-9288.

DEC. 12: DIWALI; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB), a not-for-profit organization for promoting Marathi culture; 4 to 9 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; free to current members; $15 per person for non-members; for information, visit or email

DEC. 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.

JAN. 4-6, 2016: TIPS FOR HAPPY LIVING; organized by Chinmaya Mission; talks by Swami Prakashananda; 7:30 to 9 p.m.; free; Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, visit

JAN. 10: UTTARAYAN; kite festival organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa (use MLK Boulevard entrance); kites and thread for sale; free for 2016 GSTB members; non-member adults pay $15 and non-member seniors pay $10, which includes snacks and lunch; nominal parking fee; for information, call Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747 or Jayesh Patel at (813) 784-7710.


DEC. 5: HSCF ANNUAL FUNDRAISING BANQUET; 6 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; RSVP required at

DEC. 12: SUR SANGAM; annual fundraiser organized by Shri Shiv Dham Hindu Temple; features singers Geeta Bisram and Roshan Ramdeen; 5 p.m.; Shiv Dham, 460 O’ Berry Hoover Road, Orlando; $25 donation includes dinner; for information, call (407) 380-2661.

JAN. 31, 2016: INDIA DAY; Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) partners with Orlando Magic; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; street fest starts at 3 p.m. followed by 6 p.m. Magic vs. Boston Celtics game; for more information, visit or email


DEC. 4: ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA FUNDRAISING GALA; presented by Hindu American Foundation; keynote speaker is comedian Rajiv Satyal; 7 to 10:30 p.m. (gourmet Indian vegetarian appetizers and dinner); The Sawgrass Inn & Conference Center, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; to register, visit

DEC. 6-9: RAMAYANA; free talks by Swami Prakashananda in English; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami; Ramayana on Dec. 6 at Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, 9851 S.W. 168th St., Miami; Hanuman Chalisa in Boca Raton from Dec. 7-9 at West Boca High School, 12811 Glades Road (west side, first floor, Yoga room 3-111); for information, email or visit

JAN. 3, 2016: DESHI WINTER FEST; presented by Dhaka Club of Florida; Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10 tickets; for information, call (561) 313-4187.

JAN. 9: LOHRI; presented by the Punjabi Association of South Florida; 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Live Oak Pavilion, University Center, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; for details, email or visit

JAN. 9: SURYA - THE ETERNAL RHYTHM; visualization of Afro-Caribbean poetry via Indian dances; presented by Ekal Vidyalaya; Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; 7:30 p.m.; for tickets, call (954) 602-4500 or visit

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

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