FEBRUARY 2016
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG

Feb. 3: “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.

FEB. 4: INDIA DAY AT FLORIDA STATE FAIR; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 6 to 10 p.m. (Hillsborough County schools closed next day on Feb. 5); free parking; same entry fee at Florida State Fair; for information, call GSTB President Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747 or email president@gujaratisamaj.org

FEB. 6: ANNUAL STUDENT ENSEMBLE CONCERT; with sitar player Rajib Karmarkar and Shankhachur Lahiri; presented by Shruti Association of International Music; 4 to 7 p.m.; St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus - Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; free; for information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit www.shrutiaim.com

FEB. 7: WAHH INDO WORLD FUSION BAND; to perform with master sitar, tabla, guitar and drum artists; 7 to 10 p.m.; Hideaway Cafe/Studio, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; $15 admission; for information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit www.wahhmusic.com

FEB. 12: VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY; hosted by India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; 7 p.m.; $60 per person; adults only; free for ICC trustees and spouse; RSVP requested by Feb. 5; e-mail tampaicc@yahoo.com or call Upen (mama) at (813) 210-5209.

FEB. 13: 11th AACSA (ASIAN AMERICAN CONVENIENCE STORES ASSOCIATION) AWARDS GALA; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa,; entertainment by Esha Deol; for information, call (813) 842-0345.

FEB. 13: SHAM-E-GHAZAL; organized by Samruddhi Global Inc.; performers are singer Pandit Radharaman Kirtane, tabla maestro Shankhachur Lahiri, harmonium/singer Dr. Naeem Abrahani and on harmonium Dr. Manohar Apte; Hillsborough Community College Auditorium, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; 3:30 to 7 p.m.; $10; kids under 18 years of age are free; for tickets, call Snehal Padhye at (813) 598-9130 or email padhyesnehal4@gmail.com

FEB. 13: SARASWATI PUJA; organized by SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay); 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. program; Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.; $30 per person or $50 family; for information, e-mail Soikotflorida@gmail.com or visit www.soikot.org

FEB. 17: 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.

FEB. 17: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; guest speaker is Vik Patel, franchise operator for Pinellas County’s DunkinDonuts and The Brass Tap; 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

FEB. 20: “SANGEET SANDHYA: AN EVENING OF MELODY AND MUSIC;” music by Kanodia Beats Orchestra; fundraiser for new Sanatan Mandir building, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 p.m.; for information, call Dr. Deepak Shah at (813) 486-1074 or Pankaj Patel at (813) 789-3005.

FEB. 20: SENIOR EVENT; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; GSTB office behind India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; 4 to 7 p.m.; for information, call Senior Committee Chair Himatlal Parekh at (813) 922-8090.

FEB. 21: “DRAUPADI: JOURNEY OF A WOMAN IN THE MAHABHARATHA;” specially choreographed Bharatanatyam dance; presented by Rudram Dance Company; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 3 p.m.; for information, call (352) 697-0452 or visit www.nandalalayouthmusicgrp.com/fl

FEB. 28: GSTB General Membership Meeting; 5 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; Musical Evening by GSTB Music Group; non-member adults: $15/person; non-member seniors and minors: $10/person; special price for students: $10/student (must present student ID); for information, call GSTB President Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747 or email president@gujaratisamaj.org

MARCH 4: 14th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; organized by INDOUS Chamber of Commerce; Wentworth Golf & Country Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs; lunch/registration at noon followed by shotgun start at 1 p.m.; $150 per player or $500 per foursome; sponsorships available; for information, call Kamlesh at (813) 841-9216, Jal Irani at (813) 451-8229 or visit www.indo-us.org

MARCH 20: HOLI; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; non-member adults: $15/person; non-member seniors and minors: $10/person; special price for students: $10/student (must present student ID); for information, call Keval Brahmbhatt at (813) 494-2700 or Ken Patel at (616) 405-1257.

MARCH 27: HOLI CELEBRATION CONCERT; presented by Shruti Foundation; music and dance concert; 4 to 7 p.m.; Friday Morning Musicale Auditorium, 809 W. Horatio St. Tampa; semi-classical/folk singing by Sangeeta Lahiri (Mumbai), kathak dancer Sayali Goswami (California) Jay Gandhi on bansuri flute (New York) and Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla; for more information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit www.theshrutifoundation.org

MARCH 31-APRIL 3: Inner Engineering with Shambhavi Kriya; to be held in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota; Inner Engineering addresses aspects of human wellbeing – from body, mind and emotion to the fundamental life energy within us; for details or to register, visit www.InnerEngineering.com/Live or call (813) 413-1661.

OCALA

FEB. 26: EKAL FUNDRAISER; Anand Vibhavari Group to perform; 8 p.m.; India Association Hall, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave.; for details, call Dr. Nagesh Kohli at (352) 427-1542, Dr. Nand Kishore Karve at (352) 362-4027 or visit www.ekal.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

FEB. 6: KEERTHANA (MUSICAL GALA NIGHT); presented by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) in its community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 4:30 p.m.; $20 per family; Indian American Youth Orchestra will perform; proceeds benefit HSCF; for information, call Guru Prasad at (321) 277-3724 or e-mail keethanaband@gmail.com

FEB. 7: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP; Valentine’s Day party; 1:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; several games to be played; for information, contact Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or email hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

FEB. 7: 3RD ANNUAL CONCERT INDIAN CLASSICAL AND FUSION DANCE; presented by Natyatharu Performing Arts; 5 p.m.; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; free; for information, visit www.natyatharu.com/

FEB. 27: NAVRANG; presented by Srishti; kathak by Archana Joglekar and group; 6:30 p.m.; Lyman High School Auditorium, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; $25 adults, $15 kids; for information, call Jaisy Baiju at (407) 509-9952 or email shritiorlando@gmail.com

APRIL 2: VISHAL AND SHEKHAR MUSIC CONCERT; presented by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw; 8 p.m.; Orange County Convention Center, Linda Chapin Theater, 9800 International Drive, Orlando; tickets starting at $39 can be purchased at www.bollywoodeventsfl.com; for information, call Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345.

GAINESVILLE

APRIL 9: INDIA FEST & HEALTH FAIR; presented by the India Cultural & Education Center; health fair will be 9 a.m. to noon and the festival will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium (Building V), 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for information, call (810) 516-3072 or e-mail indiafestgainesville@gmail.com

FORT MYERS

FEB. 13: 29TH INDIA FEST 2016; organized by India Association of Fort Myers; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on the grounds of Hammond Stadium, 144006 Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers; dances, music, fashion, jewelry, handicrafts and food; $5 entry; for information, e-mail ravi@fteinc.net or visit www.iafortmyers.org/

JACKSONVILLE

FEB. 27: EKAL FUNDRAISER; Anand Vibhavari Group to perform; organized by Jacksonville Ekal chapter along with Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida; dinner at 5 with concert at 7 p.m.; Bolles Middle School (Bartram campus), 2264 Bartram Road; tickets are $25 per person and include dinner; for information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 537-6472, Ravi Sanka at (904) 607-9175 or visit www.ekal.org

TALLAHASSEE

FEB. 28: EKAL FUNDRAISER; Anand Vibhavari Group to perform; 4 p.m.; Lee Hall Auditorium, 1601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; For information, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080 or visit www.ekal.org

DAYTONA BEACH

FEB. 4-7; OSHO MEDITATION RETREAT; conducted by Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun; Plaza Ocean Club Hotel, 640 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; for information, call Nitya at (305) 742-3822 or visit www.oshoflorida.com

COCOA/MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST)

FEB. 14: VALENTINE DAY 2016; organized by Indian Association of Space Coast; 5 to 11:30 p.m.; $75 per couple; Holiday Inn Express, 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa; for information, call Jaymit Patel at (321) 591-2672 or email iascbrevard@gmail.com

MARCH 12-13: INDIAFEST; presented by Manav Mandir; Wickham Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; cultural and fashion shows, music, henna, arts and crafts, yoga demonstration, Indian cooking demo; $5 for adults, $2 for children under age 12 and kids under 5 are free; for information, call Yasmin Majeed at (321) 720-8590 or visit www.indiafestbrevard.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (BOCA RATON/LAUDERHILL/WEST PALM BEACH/DAVIE)

FEB. 18-19: 10th Annual Vijay Amritraj Foundation Charity Gala Dinner; Boca Raton Resort, 501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton; on Feb. 18, from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m., tennis and golf events, including cocktail reception and Q&A with Vijay Amritraj starting at 5:30 p.m.; on Feb. 19, from 6 to 11 p.m., gala dinner, entertainment; for tickets, visit www.vijayamritrajfoundation.org/events.html

FEB. 20: 13TH ANNUAL INDIAFEST; organized by Palm Beach India Association; free; starts at 10 a.m.; musical, dance and cultural performances; food, clothing, and craft vendors; and art exhibits; Meyer Amphitheater, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; for details, visit www.sfindiafest.org or e-mail info@sfindiafest.org

FEB. 20: MIAMI MAYHEM IX; intercollegiate garba/raas competition; hosted by University of Miami Indian Students Association; to benefit Aahana India (www.aahanaindia.org); tickets start at $10; Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, 17011 N.E. 19th Ave., North Miami Beach; 6 p.m.; for information, visit www.UMMiamiMayhem.com

FEB. 27: MEDICAL EXHIBITION AND LECTURES/DINNER GALA; organized by Indian Physicians of South Florida (IPOF); 6 to 11 p.m.; Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie; for information, call (954) 942-4233 or visit www.ipof.org

MARCH 4-6: CRICKET LEGENDS WEEKEND; organized by the American Cricket Federation and Lawrence Rowe Foundation; VIP Meet & Greet on March 4, Gala Dinner with Legends on March 5, and two T20 matches on March 6; Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill; limited VIP packages available; for information, Dr. Mahesh G. Allam at (863) 207-3056 or email mallam1001@gmail.com

MARCH 26-27: ASIAN TRADE, FOOD FAIR AND CULTURAL SHOW; presented by Bangladesh Association of Florida; South Florida Fairgrounds (Expo Center), 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; $10 per person per day; for information, call (561) 876-2255 or visit www.asianfair.org

MARCH 27: HOLI CELEBRATION AND PICNIC; organized by Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC); C.B. Smith Park-Shelter No. 19, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $10 per person for IRCC members and $15 for non-IRCC members; call (954) 543-1539, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit www.irccflorida.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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