JANUARY 2017
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

JAN. 5: GURU GOBIND SINGH SAHIB BIRTHDAY

JAN. 14: MAKAR SANKRANT/PONGAL/MAGHI

JAN. 26: INDIA REPUBLIC DAY

EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG

JAN. 4: “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.

JAN. 8: “STRESS MANAGEMENT”; Pehchaan offers free introductory session by Dr. Anjum Kumbkarni; guided meditation sessions; also, participants will learn various methods to elicit the relaxation response, including mindfulness and imagery; Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa; 3 to 4 p.m.; (adults only); RSVP by Jan. 6 at pehchaantampabay@gmail.com or call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563.

JAN. 18: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; speaker is Sareet Majumdar, president at Interconnect Cable Technologies Corp.; free; 6:30 p.m.; HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

JAN. 18: 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. 22: FUNDRAISER; organized by JETUSA Tampa chapter; H. H. Sri Sri Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji to pay a visit; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4 to 8 p.m.; free entry; for details, email Jetusatpa@gmail.com or visit www.jetusa.org/tampa

JAN 26-29, 2017; YAGNA; to start New Year; organized by Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; conducted by Deepak Rambharose; to sponsor a night, email shantia942@aol.com

JAN. 28: DANCE DHAMAKA; organized by Telugu Association of Florida, Tampa Bay (TAF); India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; to commemorate its 20th year, TAF will conduct a Dance Competition during the Sankranthi Festival celebrations; last date for dance competition entries is Jan. 10; for details, call Shyam Tangirala at (732) 397-4997 or visit http://taftampa.com/cultural-forms/

FEB. 18: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; 5:30 p.m.; Sickles High School Auditorium, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; for information, call Dr. Umesh Chaudhry at (727) 507-0584, Malti Pandya at (813) 431-9741 or visit www.ekal.org

MARCH 3-4: TAJ EXPRESS: THE BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL REVUE; Ferguson Hall, Straz Center, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $45 per person; for more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org

MARCH 16-19: Inner Engineering Program; experience life-transforming wisdom from an Isha teacher trained by Sadhguru, yogi and mystic; Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, 11810 USF Alumni Drive, Tampa; free intro at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before program starts; for information, contact (813) 413-1661 or email tampa@IshaUSA.org; to register visit www.innerengineering.com/ieo-new/total

APRIL 27-30: Inner Engineering Program; experience life-transforming wisdom from an Isha teacher trained by Sadhguru, yogi and mystic; St. Pete Garden Club, 500 Sunset Drive, S., St. Petersburg; free intro at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before program starts; cost $325; for information, contact (813) 413-1661 or email tampa@IshaUSA.org; to register visit www.innerengineering.com/ieo-new/total

OCALA

FEB. 10: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; for time, venue and other details, call Dr. Nagesh Kohli at (352) 427-1542 or Dipak Patel at (352) 732-6940 or visit www.ekal.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/LONGWOOD

JAN. 8: NEW YEAR PARTY; presented by HSCF New Age Group; 1:30 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; snacks and hot tea/coffee; free bingo game, antaakshri; free for paid 2017 members with prior RSVP at hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com or $8 at gate; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9269.

JAN. 29, 2017: THE WEDDING SHOW; organized by South Asian Bride Magazine; noon to 5 p.m.; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando; for registration and more information, visit www.weddingshowbysab.com

JAN. 21: INDIA FAMILY FUN NIGHT; Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) partners with Orlando Solar Bears; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; Bollywood Dance workshop starts at 4:30 followed by game at 7; for more information, visit www.iaccorlando.com or email info@iaccorlando.com

JAN. 21: PYAR KI MEHFIL - CONCERT OF LOVE; presented by East West Connection; 5:30 p.m.; Church in the Son, 4484 N. John Young Parkway, Orlando; all proceeds benefit Give Kids The World Village; $15 advance tickets can be purchased at https://ewc.yapsody.com or call (516) 270-8522 for more information.

FEB. 11: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; 6 p.m.; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; for information, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 619-1500, Gauri Aggarwal at (407) 352-2939 or visit www.ekal.org

India DayFEB. 25: 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 7 p.m. game Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks; for information, visit www.iaccorlando.com or email info@iaccorlando.com

INVERNESS

JAN. 1: NEW YEAR GANESHA HAVAN; Shirdi Sai Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; starts at 9:30 a.m.; for information, (352) 860-2181 or visit www.shirdiusa.com

FORT MYERS/ESTERO

MARCH 4: 30th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by India Association of Fort Myers (IAFM); 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Road, Estero; $5 per person, parking free; for information, call IAFM President Gopal Panday at (732) 861-6250 or email gopal.panday@ifortmyers.org

GAINESVILLE

APRIL 8: 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 6 p.m.; Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium (Building V), 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville; $5 admission; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for information, call (352) 871-7112 or visit www.icec-florida.org/

DAYTONA BEACH

FEB. 2-5: OSHO MEDITATION RETREAT WITH BODHISATTWA SWAMI ANAND ARUN; residential retreat at Ocean Beach Club Hotel, 640 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; for pricing and other details, call Nitya at (305) 742-3822 or Saurav at (917) 832-4799.

JACKSONVILLE

FEB. 17: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; McGee Auditorium, Bolles High School, San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville; for time, venue and other details, call Krishna Hanchate at (904) 568-9141 or visit www.ekal.org

TALLAHASSEE

FEB. 24: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; for time, venue and other details, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080 or visit www.ekal.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (DAVIE/ HOLLYWOOD)

FEB. 4: IPOF ANNUAL BANQUET AND DINNER; organized by Indian Physicians of South Florida; The Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie; 6:30 p.m.; for more information, visit www.ipof.org

EkalFEB. 19: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; 5:30 p.m.; $25 tickets, $15 for children 5 to 12 years of age; for information, call Nirupama Kasam at (954) 235-8883, Jagdish Tailor at (954) 562-9375 or visit www.ekal.org

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to editor@khaasbaat.com by the 20th.

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

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