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JANUARY 7-9: LECTURES ON “BHAJA GOVINDAM,” written by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, organized by Hindu Temple of Florida at its hall, Lynn Road; lectures are by Swamini Sadvidyananda Sarasvati of Pennsylvania; event is free for everyone; timings are Friday, Jan. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.; call temple President G.M. Ramappa at (727) 846-9607 or Indira Sastry at (813) 855-7884.

JANUARY 8: MAKARA SANKARANTHI AYYAPPA POOJA AND BHAJANS, organized by Sri Ayyappa Society of Tampa Bay (SASTA), Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; pooja starts at 5:30 p.m. with cultural program at 7 and Sasta Preethi at 8; call Ravi Nair at (813) 920-8471 or Sai Neppalli at (727) 514-7865 or click on

JANUARY 16: MAKAR SANKRANT (KITE FLYING DAY), organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, Rowlett Park, 2548 River Hills Drive, Tampa; event starts at noon and kites/thread will be sold; call Samaj President Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or Parimal Butala at (813) 960-3443.

JANUARY 17-22: DISCOURSES BY SWAMI SHANTANANDA, organized by Chinmaya Mission of Tampa Bay and Hindu Temple of Florida, Hindu Temple, Lynn Road; morning discourses starting on Jan. 18 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. will be on Shri Ram Gita and evening discourses starting on Jan. 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be the Royal Secret (Raj Vidya) as expounded in Gita’s Chapter 9; discourses will be in English and mahaprasad (dinner) will be served; call Jivat Lalwani at (813) 973-4829, Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or Daksha Jadeja at (813) 973-4212.

JANUARY 22: THE FIRST ANNUAL ASIAN AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP, organized by the Asian American Chambers of Commerce, which includes INDOUS Chamber of Commerce, Korean Chamber of Commerce of West Florida, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans and Vietnamese American Mutual Association; industries represented include medical, hospitality, real estate, import-export, wholesale-manufacturing and restaurants; guest speaker topics include labor law, insurance, small business resources, accounting-taxation, marketing and public relations, management and local success stories; the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. event is $10 but free if you RSVP within five days of the event; Bayanihan Center, 1430 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa; call Claire Picz at (813) 936-5100.

JANUARY 22: REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS, organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay, India Cultural Center, Lynn Road, Tampa; free event includes entertainment by Surabhee/Dhwani of California; flag hoisting at 5:30 p.m., followed by cultural program and dinner; call India Sastry at (813) 854-1444 or Kalyani Derasari at (813) 977-6695.

FEBRUARY 10: TALK by R.K. Raghavan, former director of Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI), India on “Global Terrorism: Challenges in Prevention,” organized by the Globalization Research Center at the University of South Florida; the 7 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Bio-Science (BSF) 100 at USF Tampa Campus; call (813) 974-6768.





CLASSES VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (; classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail:; Web site:

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail

Hindu Temple of Florida: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890

Vishnu Mandir: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551

Sanatan Mandir: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482

Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area Mosque: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007

Gurudwara: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.

Send information on upcoming events to Nitish S. Rele, Khaas Baat, 18313 Cypress Stand Circle, Tampa, FL 33647
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