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TAMPA INDO-US CHAMBER TO HOLD GOLF TOURNEY ON JULY 27
Story provided by By AAKASH M. PATEL

Tampa’s Indo-US Chamber of Commerce will hold its sixth annual Golf Invitational on Friday, July 27. The tournament will take place at The Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive in Odessa. Since membership into the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce is free, the tournament is one of two fundraisers the organization holds throughout the year to sponsor its monthly meetings. The cost for the tournament is $100, which includes your green and cart fees, lunch, awards dinner, foursome photo, on-course beverages, range balls, and much more.

Just as in past years, the format will be a four-player scramble. Registration starts at 11:30 and is followed by lunch. The shotgun start kicks off at 1:30. Various prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place team in three divisions from low handicaps to high handicaps. There also will be separate competitions, including low and high handicaps.

To sponsor or participate in the golf tourney, call Indo-US Chamber of Commerce President Samant Sharma at (727) 799-5615. For information, visit www.indo-us.org

Aakash M. Patel, a policy analyst at Paragon Mortgage (www.bankonparagon.com) and secretary of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, can be reached at 813-936-5100 or Apatel@bankonparagon.com





Alka Yagnik
ALKA YAGNIK, KUMAR SANU TO PERFORM JULY 8 IN SOUTH FLORIDA
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Bollywood singers Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik will perform a musical concert Sunday, July 8 in South Florida.

The event at B.C.C. Omni Auditorium, 1000 Coconut Creek, will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, $40, $55, $75, $100 and VIP. The emcee for the evening will be Mona Singh of “Jassi” fame, who also will present dances.

For more information, call the two presenters Johnny at (954) 213-4318 or Syed Jafri at (954) 868-8412 or Liaquat Ali at (954) 415-8269 or Dr. Durgesh at (954) 755-2667.

The gold sponsor for the concert is Aziz Charania of Bancplus Home Mortgage Center.



MELBOURNE TEMPLE HOLDS BHOOMI PUJAN, GAYATRI HAVAN


A rendering of the Manav Mandir, which has been designed by well-known architect Kish Pathare of Merritt Island.
Story provided by Kish Pathare

Fifty couples participated and more than 300 devotees attended a Gayatri Havan June 3 during Bhoomi Pujan for the proposed Manav Mandir in Melbourne.

Planning for the 10,000-square-foot complex at Waeltri Drive began six months ago. At least 12 deities will be installed at the temple, which also will include a priest residence, kitchen, weekend food sale and a private worship room. The community also is planning to build a 30,000-square-foot hall, which will have a kitchen, meeting rooms and an elegant lobby.

Construction for the Manav Mandir is scheduled for December and future fundraising events are in the planning stages.

For more information, call Nina Gadodia at (321) 779-0110 or e-mail ggadodia@aol.com


YOUTH YOGA CAMP SCHEDULED JULY 23-27 IN ORLANDO
Story provided by Shobana Daniell



Shiva Baweja, 14, will be attending the Yoga Camp in Orlando.
The Hindu University in Orlando will hold its first Yoga Camp for youth at 113 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Central Florida from July 23-27. The weeklong camp, which will include games such as cricket, kabbadi and football, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yoga will be taught from beginner’s level and postures will include Surya Namaskar, bridge, cobra, tiger, etc. Participants will learn how practicing yoga will help them to develop their memory, focus and strength.

Included in the events will be discussions and lectures on various topics like conservation, nature preservation, and Indian contributions to science, mathematics and arts. The cost for the week is $65 for the week and includes meals. To volunteer or sign up for the camp, call (407) 275-0013.


PAWAN RATTAN OF TAMPA HONORED BY MADHYA PRADESH CHIEF MINISTER


Dr. Pawan K. Rattan and his wife.
By AAKASH M. PATEL

Entrepreneur and community leader Dr. Pawan K. Rattan was recently recognized for his involvement in helping strengthen relationships between the India and the United States.

A Tampa resident for more than 20 years, Rattan serves as chairman of the Asian American Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) Alumni Committee. As a result, he has spent extensive time in India meeting with political and medical college leaders. Earlier this year, Rattan spent a month visiting five colleges in Madhya Pradesh. While in the Central Indian state, he forged a relationship with its Chief Minister Sivraj Singh Chouhan.

In May, a political delegation from India visited the United States, which included Chouhan. On May 19, at a reception in New York, the chief minister presented Rattan and his wife Veena with a replica of Sanchi, an infamous world heritage site in Madhya Pradesh.

“I am whenever possible, ready to do my part for the Indian community,” said Rattan in an exclusive interview with Khaas Baat.

In addition to AAPI, Dr. Rattan is on the board of directors for four companies in India Locally, he has been involved in several local Indian organizations and is the founding chairman of Indo-US Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (FAPI).

Aakash M. Patel, a policy analyst at Paragon Mortgage (www.bankonparagon.com) and secretary of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, can be reached at 813-936-5100 or Apatel@bankonparagon.com


SAINT ANNAMACHARYA DAY CELEBRATED IN JACKSONVILLE
Story provided by Krish Seetharaman

Saint Annamacharya day, an annual event, was celebrated in the Hindu Society of North East Florida in Jacksonville on June 16. It started with a group presentation of Kirtanas composed by the saint as well as by his descendents. This year, many youngsters joined the group in percussion (tabla and Mridangam). The group event was followed by a rendering of saint Annamacharya Kirtanas. The event ended after the temple priest sang songs by composed by the saint.


300 ATTEND TAMPA HEALTH FAIR
Story provided by Hindu Temple of Florida

Nearly 300 people attended the ninth annual community Health Fair June 16 held in the community hall of the Hindu Temple of Florida. Tampa Bay physicians offered their expert advice on gynecology, cardiology, osteoporosis, fat analysis, allergy, dental, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, birth control, family planning and other health issues.

“The community event, which extends free medical screenings, has become a tradition and a part of the temple’s activities,” said organizer Dr. Renuka Ramappa. “I would like to heartily thank all the physician volunteers, paramedical staff, all the sponsors, and the temple for participating and the others who have made the health fair a grand success.”

For more information on the Hindu temple, click on www.hindutempleofflorida.org






Dr. Rao Musunuru.
RAO MUSUNURU WINS AWARD FROM AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Rao Musunuru, a practicing cardiologist at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, recently was honored by the American Heart Association with the prestigious “2007 National Volunteer of the Year” award.

He received the award in recognition of his outstanding and long lasting advocacy efforts to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases, both at state and national levels.

Musunuru also is a recipient of the “National Chairman’s Award” in 2003 and the “National Physician of the Year” Award in 2005, from the American Heart Association for his scientific contributions and voluntary efforts to achieve the mission of the American Heart Association, to promote the cardiovascular health of the people across the country.

He serves on the most prestigious Advisory Council of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also is the chairman of the Board for Pasco Hernando Community College, with a special interest in Health Science.




ACCLAIMED FILM ‘AMU’ TO BE SHOWN JULY 20-26 IN GAINESVILLE
Story provided by Shobana Daniell



Konkona Sen stars in “Amu.”
Writer-director Shonali Bose’s award-winning Indian film “Amu” will be shown July 20-26 at Hippodrome Cinema in Gainesville.

Bose’s feature film debut presents a contemporary and politically volatile tale of a young Indian-American woman’s search for the truth about her past. The protagonist Kaju Roy has returned to India to visit her relatives and spends much of her time touring Delhi with college student Kabir. As she visits the slums and crowded markets of the capital city, Kaju experiences haunting feelings of déjà vu. Compelled by her startling visions, she investigates the circumstances of her birth parents’ death and her own adoption. Against the pleas of her adopted mother, Kaju – torn between being Indian and American, between her loving adopted family and the faded memories of her birth parents – embarks on an emotional journey for answers as to who she is and where she comes from.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2007 ACC CONVENTION – PART 3
By M. P. RAVINDRA NATHAN, MD, FRCP (LONDON AND CANADA), FACP, FACC

The 2007 annual Scientific Session of American College of Cardiology (ACC) March 24-27 in New Orleans was everything it was cracked up to be: cardiovascular updates, unveiling of results of the latest clinical trials, presentation of innovative new technology, spectacular scientific exhibits and more. And the city, eager to establish its old glory after the devastating Katrina, extended a warm welcome to all those who ventured to attend. Many cardiologists from Tampa Bay also were present.
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