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JUNE 2-5: FOUR-SESSION RAMAYAN YAGNA, all pandits, sadhus, Brahmins and kirtan groups are invited to participate, officiating priest will be Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj and assisting priest will be Pandit Purnanan Sharma; organized by the Saraswati Devi Mandir, 16220 Livingston Ave., Lutz; call Pandit Sharma at (813) 264-1539 or Nick and Chandra Ramlal at (813) 935-5520.

JULY 9: THE FIRST ANNUAL 2005 AACSA (Asian American Convenience Stores Association) CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW, registration free until June 15, 10 a.m. till 11 p.m., India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; call Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345, e-mail or check on


JUNE 5: FIFTH ANNUAL INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY CELEBRATION, presented by Sur Tarang/WUNA 1480 AM Radio, Vedic Hindu Cultural Society of Central Florida and Dharti Cultural Organization, free, 1 to 6 p.m., Barnett Park Pavilion 3 and 4, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando; for information, call (407) 297-6963 or (407) 294-3787.

JUNE 15-19: ORLANDO HINDU TEMPLE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA OPENING, Kumbhabhishekam and Pranapatishta (grand opening) celebrations to celebrate the new temple opening, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Aravind Pillai at (407) 805-0405 or Mala Karkhanis at (407) 658-6528 or check out

JULY 2-3: SEVENTH ALL UNITED BRAHMIN CONVENTION-2005 AND MATRIMONIAL INTRODUCTIONS, event organized by the Brahmin Samaj of Georgia, Illinois, New York and New Jersey and the newly formed Brahmin Samaj of Florida, Orlando Grand Plaza Hotel & Suites, 7400 International Drive; $95 per person registration for convention or matrimonial introduction; call Mahesh Modha at (407) 383-3966 e-mail


JULY 2: TIPS (Treasure Coast Indo-American Physician Society) Medical Conference and Banquet, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Polish American Club, Prima Vista Ave., Port St. Lucie; for information, call Sudhir Nayer at (772) 879-0008.


JUNE 25: INDO-PAK MELA ’05, event presented by, daylong Bollywood-style entertainment with dance competition, noon to 7 p.m. at North Campus, Omni Auditorium B.C.C., 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.; $7 entrance fee; call (954) 649-3374 or e-mail


June 11-13 Enzian Theater, 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751

Tickets: $30 for four films can be bought in advance of $9 per film at the door.

June 11 at 11:15 a.m.: “Bhavum” (Emotions of Being): directed by Satish Menon;

June 11 at 2:15 p.m. and June 13 at 7 p.m.: “Morning Raga”: directed by Mahesh Dattani;

June 12 at 11:30 a.m.: “Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela”: directed by Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day;

June 12 at 2 p.m.: “Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters”: directed by Sabiha Sumar.

All films will have English subtitles.

Directors Satish Menon of “Bhavum” and Nick Day of “Short Cut to Nirvana” will be in attendance for Q&A after the screenings of their films.

For information and tickets, call Asian Cultural Association at 407-333-3667 or Enzian Theater box-office at 407-629-1088. or

Asian Cultural Association is a Not-For-Profit organization supported in part by a grant from the Division of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida, United Arts of Central Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Future Events

Schedule of FIA of Florida activities

(Dates and place subject to change without notice)

July 9, 2005: Asian American Convenience Stores Association (AACSA) Convention and Trade Shows (Indian Cultural Center in Tampa) Contact Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505 or Satya Shaw, Dinesh Gandhi, Harish Patel and Ram Jakhotia

August 20, 2005: India Day, India Fair, Independence Day, Miss India USA Pageant (USF Sun Dome in Tampa) Contact Satya Shaw, Event Chairman, at (813) 842-0345, Chandrakant Patel, Chairman, at (813) 340-5505, or Ram Jakhotia, Himmat Parikh, Harish Patel and Dinesh Gandhi.


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

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 3 to 4:30 pm. at Hindu Temple of Florida; Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; fees are $75 per year; additional $50 per year for each sibling; for more information on BalVihar, call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (; classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail or

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.


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

Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539

Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; Darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

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.


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

Shri Shivdham Hindu Temple and Brahmrishi Yogashram: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail


Shirdi Sai Center: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail

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