JANUARY 2012
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

Events

SIGNIFICANT DATES

JAN. 5: GURU GOBIND SINGH SAHIB BIRTHDAY
JAN. 14: MAKAR SANKRANT/PONGAL/MAGHI
JAN. 26: INDIA REPUBLIC DAY
JAN. 28: VASANT PANCHAMI

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

JAN. 8: INDIAN SENIORS DAY; organized by Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; 5 to 7 p.m.; followed by mahaprasad; there is no minimum age requirements; for more information, call the mandir at (727) 537-9445.

JAN. 14-20: DISCOURSE ON THE BHAGWAT KATHA BY PANDIT RAJIN BALGOBIND; second annual community event put together by several organizations in Tampa Bay area; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; bhajans from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by discourse, then dinner at 9; for more information, call (813) 962-4172 or (727) 798-4258 or (727) 460-2460.

JAN. 18: ICC SENIORS GET-TO-GATHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; dinner 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. 17-19: THIRD ANNUAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IIFF) OF TAMPA BAY; Channelside Cinemas, Tampa; for details, call Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303, e-mail francis@iifftampa.com or visit www.iifftampa.com

FEB. 18: Ekal's Musical Charity Concert; presented by Tampa Bay Ekal Vidyalaya chapter; singers Samir Date and Dipalee  Somaiya will perform; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, call Dr. Jawahar Taunk at (727) 480-3829, Dr. Umesh Choudhry at (727) 507-0584 or visit www.ekal.org

FEB. 25: ACADEMY OF ODISSI DANCE FIRST ANNUAL DAY; 10-year celebration by Academy of Odissi Dance; 6:30 p.m.; Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; for more information, call Gopa Rautray at (813) 907-0772. 

ORLANDO/OAKLAND/WINTER SPRINGS

JAN. 7: BHAJAN SANDHYA; Shree Jalaram Mandir, 600 Hull Island Drive, Oakland; 4 p.m. onward; on the same day, yoga classes will begin at 8 a.m.; for information, call (407) 654-0707 or visit www.jalarammandirorlando.org

JAN. 8: NEW AGE GROUP MONTHLY; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; chess, carom and playing cards will be played; snacks, tea/coffee to be served; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

JAN. 8: 22ND ANNUAL BANQUET AND ENTERTAINMENT; presented by the Board of Trustees of Hindu Society of Central Florida; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6 p.m.; $25 per person; RSVP by Jan. 1 to hscf@hindutempleorlando.org; for more information, call Board of Trustees interim Chairman Babuji Ambikapathy at (407) 230-2762 or e-mail bambikapathy1@gmail.com

GAINESVILLE

MARCH 17: HEALTH FAIR & INDIA FEST; presented by the India Cultural & Education Center; health fair will be 9 a.m. to noon and the festival will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium (Building V), 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606; $5 admission, kids younger than 5 years of age are free; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for information, call (352) 378-7112, (352) 505-9106, e-mail indiafestgainesville@gmail.com or visit www.icec-florida.org

OCALA

JAN. 1: KIDS LESSON AND SATSANG AT YOUR HAVELI; starts at 3 p.m. with children’s lessons followed by Satsang; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

JAN. 29: KIDS LESSON AND SATSANG AT YOUR HAVELI; starts at 3 p.m. with children’s lessons followed by Satsang; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

FORT MYERS

JAN. 6: BHAJAN; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; 7 p.m.; for information, call Mallika Nandur at (239) 482-0677, Anjana Bhatt at (239) 274-5584, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

JAN. 14: MEDICAL EXHIBITION & LECTURES; organized by the Indian Physicians of South Florida (IPOF); healthcare organizations are invited to participated in exhibition, lectures, dinner and entertainment; free to all current active IPOF members; 6 p.m. till 11 p.m.; India House Banquet Hall, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; for information, call Dr. Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674, Dr. Meenu Gupta at (954) 560-9846, e-mail ipofus@yahoo.com or visit www.ipof.org

FEB. 18: “RAGA UNVEILED;” two hours of educational documentary on Indian classical music in English; filmmaker Gita Desai will be at the site to meet and greet and answer questions at the end; presented by the Association of Performing Arts of India; 6 p.m.; Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood (U.S. 1 and Monroe Street); $15 general admission and $12 for students and seniors; for more information, call (954) 885-1466, e-mail apaiart@comcast.net or visit www.apaiart.com

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