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Homeowners tour the future site
of their home at Anand Vihar.

Since introducing Tampa Bay’s newest 55-plus community, Anand Vihar’s sales and marketing team has been overwhelmed by the positive reaction this distinctive community has received. Feedback from interested buyers indicates that Anand Vihar is definitely an idea whose time has come.

The Priority Reservation List for Anand Vihar is becoming a hot ticket as dozens of interested families have placed reservations on their preferred home sites. Broker and Director of Sales Anand Patel from NextHome Discovery says, “We are currently taking reservations with fully-refundable deposits of $10,000 to secure the unit of your choice at pre-construction prices.”

The demand for the two-bedroom condos is as robust as for the four-bedroom townhomes. Also piquing interest is the country club style Food Club and meal plans. This amenity is perfect for active adults who want the flexibility to spend an evening with friends in the expansive dining hall or to have meals delivered to their front door.

Anand Vihar, which means “blissful living,” has been designed with amenities specifically suited for the 55 and older Indian audience – with a definite emphasis on family and friends. It will include a dining hall with meal plans giving women more independence, and amenities like a movie room, state-of-the-art fitness center, meditation hall and yoga studio allowing residents to live a healthy physical and mental lifestyle. Anand Vihar is minutes from shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and hospitals and medical facilities.

Construction is expected to begin in March, with the first units and models ready for move-in by late summer 2016. For information, visit www.AnandViharTampa.com or call (813) 402-4016.


Tara Bikkasani of Rudram Dance Company

The Rudram Dance Company will present a specially choreographed Bharatanatyam dance piece, “Draupadi: Journey of a Woman in the Mahabharata,” for the Tampa Bay audience at 3 p.m. on Feb. 21 at India Cultural Center. Tara Bikkasani, artistic director of Rudram Dance Company and lead dancer, said, “Fifteen dancers from our company are dancing in this production. We recently premiered the choreography at the Navika 3rd World Kannada Summit in Raleigh, N.C. Music to Draupadi was composed by Vidwan Praveen D. Rao of Bangalore.”

The Rudram Dance Company and Nandalala, a charity organization based in Tampa, will use proceeds collected from this show to build a library for the blind in India.

The choreography has its origins in the story of Draupadi in the classical Indian epic, the Mahabharata, and showcases the rich heritage of Bharatanatyam dance style in its traditional and authentic form.

For information, call (352) 697-0452 or visit www.nandalalayouthmusicgrp.com/fl 

Sangeeta Lahiri Surmani Award winner Sangeeta Lahiri to visit tampa

Surmani award winner Sangeeta Lahiri of Mumbai will be available to teach advanced and beginner music students from March to June 2016 under Shruti Association of International Music in Tampa.

Lahiri is an Indian classical, semi-classical, ghazal, Sufi and playback singer. She has performed at music festivals across India such as the Doverlane Music Conference and Nazrul Manch (Kolkata), Gandhi Maidan Thumri Festival (Patna), Sur Sringar Samsad (Mumbai), Swar Sadhnotsav Sangeet Sammelan and the National Festival of Music & Dance (Kerala).

For more information, visit www.sangeetalahiri.com, www.shrutiaim.com or call (813) 549-9288. 


Bianca MulaneyBianca Mulaney, a Harvard University senior from Lakeland, has been named a 2016 Marshall Scholar.

The Marshall Scholarship is one of the highest academic honors bestowed on American post-baccalaureate students. More than 900 students from across the United States apply annually. Marshall Scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom in any field of study. 

This year, Bianca Mulaney is one of 32 Americans selected for the scholarship. The Marshall Scholarship will fund Mulaney's pursuit of two master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). 

Born and brought up in Lakeland, Bianca graduated valedictorian from the International Baccalaureate program at Bartow High School in 2012. She is the daughter of Kavita and ophthalmologist Jay Mulaney, and has a sister Annika, a freshman at Stanford University.

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