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JUNE 1: RANG RANG – A MUSICAL JOURNEY, a sitar concert by Aloke Dasgupta accompanied on the tabla by Aditya Banerjee; in the second half, Hindi film music of the gloden era presented by Satish Ankalikar, Naeem Abrahani, Geeta Rohatgi, Meena Jain, Meenal Ranade; 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $15 per person, $25 couple; USF Cooper Hall; call (813) 960-3443 or (813) 323-6452.

JUNE 2-3: SPEAK SANSKRITAM COURSE, conducted by Samskrita Bharati; organized by Vidyalaya of the Hindu Temple of Florida; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days; $50 per person, $90 for two from a family, $135 for three from a family, additional family members at $20 each; fee includes breakfast, lunch and snacks; for details and registration, call Nainan Desai at (813) 245-8417, Indira Sastry at (813) 855-7884 or Yashwant Belsarey at (813) 977-9690 or e-mail

JUNE 3: MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER AND BHAJAN SANDHYA AND ABOUT YOUR HEALTH; organized by 60+ Gujarati Samaj Seniors Club (Olderly Mighty Seniors of Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay); free; ophthalmologist Geeta Shah will talk on health eyes and eye diseases in old age; 4 p.m., Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave.; for more information, call the mandir at (813) 221-4482 or Himmatbhai Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

JUNE 9-10: 15TH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL 2K7 “ONE WORLD,” Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg; for information, check out

JUNE 10: MALAYALAM MASS, organized by Kerala Catholic Association of Central Florida; 5 p.m.; Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 9715 N. 56th St., Tampa; for more information, call Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303.

JUNE 11-15: LECTURE SERIES, hosted by India Cultural Center and conducted by Chinmaya Mission of Tampa Bay; free; Brahmachari Uddhav Chaitanya will speak on “The Essential Teacher” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 11-15 at Lotus Hall, ICC; 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. June 13-15, Chaitanya will put spotlight on “Advaita Makaranda” at Chinmaya Prasad, 18708 Hanna Road, Lutz; for more information, click on

JUNE 16: HEALTH FAIR, organized by Physicians of Tampa Bay; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida Community Hall, 5509 Lynn Road; free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, osteoporosis, dental and eye exams and more; for more information, call Dr. Renuka Ramappa at (727) 863-5975.

JUNE 16: DINNER AND DANCE; fundraiser to benefit Saraswati Devi Mandir Building Fund; music by DJ Statik; 8 p.m.; Mary Help Christian Center, 6400 E. Chelsea St.; tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at door and available at Bloomfield Market at (813) 962-9066; for more information, call Narine Ramlal at (813) 935-5520 or Kamta Persaud at (813) 759-0964.

JUNE 20: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.


JUNE 3: SEVENTH ANNUAL INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY CELEBRATION; presented by Sur Tarang/WUNA 1480 AM and Vedic Cultural Samaj of Central Florida; noon to 6 p.m., Barnet Park Pavilion 3 and 4, 4801 W. Colonial Drive; free; live music, dances, skits and exhibits; for information, call (407) 297-6963 or (407) 294-3787.

JUNE 4-8: YOGA CAMP, organized by Shiv Dham Temple, 460 OBerry Hoover Road; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for age groups 5 to 16; registration is $20 per day; for information, call the temple at (407) 380-2661 or Priya Kirtane at (407) 310-5332.

JUNE 14: ART OF LIVING COURSE; the course blends ancient wisdom with healing techniques; Janael McQueen is the teacher; contact the Orlando team at (321) 939-3533 or email

JUNE 23: AN EVENING OF MUSIC BY L. SHENKAR, presented by Asian Cultural Association of Central Florida; 7:30 p.m., Dr. Phillips High School,

6500 Turkey Lake Road; tickets are $20 and $35; for information, call ACA at (407) 333-3667.


JUNE 3: GAYATRI YAGNA AND BHUMI PUJAN FOR MANAV MANDIR; Waelti Drive, Suntree, Melbourne; 9 a.m.; yagna donation is $551 per couple; for more information and yagna reservations, call Ghanshyam Patel at (321) 453-6100, Hitesh Patel at (321) 961-7776 or Pravin Patel at (321) 794-7360.


JUNE 7-10: “AMU” SCREENING: Writer-director Shonali Bose’s award-winning Indian film “Amu” will have a series of special screenings in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County; Emerging Cinemas' Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; for more information, call (954) 525-3456 or click on

JUNE 8-12: “AMU” SCREENING: Emerging Cinemas at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460; for more information, call (561) 586-6410 or check out

JUNE 21: SULTANS OF STRING, sarod concert by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with sons Amaan and Ayaan; 7:30 p.m.; Broward Center for Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets are $45 up to $80; for information, call the Broward Center at (954) 462-0222 or click on

JUNE 21-23: INDIA DAYS; organized by India-US Chamber of Commerce Inc. Florida; includes sarod concert by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at Broward Center on June 21; Business Seminar – India, the other Mega Market at 9 a.m. and Indian Film Festival at 6 p.m. on June 22; and Spiritual & Wellness Morning at 10 a.m. and Safari to Success Gala at 6 p.m. on June 23; for venues and all other information, call (305) 931-8257, e-mail or check out

JUNE 30: CLASSICAL CONCERT, maestro Pandit Jasraj, Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Rajendra Vaishampayan on harmonium; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India; 6 to 9 p.m.; $29, $49, $59, $75, $100; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; for reservations, call (954) 462-0222, log on to or

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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.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on


JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail


CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, 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.

SHIV MANDIR: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; officiating priests are Pandit Balraj Maharaj and Ram Maharaj; 2001 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 907-6311.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

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 Ave., 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.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on

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.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

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.

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

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on

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

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.


SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.


ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.


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


HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on


SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.

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