JUNE 2011
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



JUNE 4: BANYAN BALL; Indo-US Chamber of Commerce to hold its annual gala and awards banquet; A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa; 6 p.m.; black-tie affair features keynote speaker, entertainment and includes business leaders and dignitaries; $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10; for more information, call chamber President Suleman Makhani at (813) 368-7700, e-mail suleman.makhani@gmail.com or visit www.indo-us.org

JUNE 4: SOLIDARITY/FASTING ASSEMBLY; to support Yog Guru Baba Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman worldwide movement against corruption and black money; on the agenda are yoga, corruption documentary, presentations, Swami Ji Yatra videos; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; organized by Bharat Swabhiman Overseas, Friends of India Society International; for information, call Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505, Braham Agarwal at (407) 529-7736 or visit www.bharatswabhimanusa.org

JUNE 13-15: SUNDERKAND: Acharya Vijayji of New Delhi will talk about implementing Ramayan in day-to-day living; lecture will be in Hindi and English; India Cultural Center Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 to 9 p.m.; for information, call (813) 962-4172 or (813) 863-3048.

JUNE 13-17: HINDU CAMP OF TAMPA BAY INC.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open to children from ages 5 to 12; focuses on service projects and cultural awareness; visit www.hinducampoftampabay.com or for more information, call Ami Govindaraju at (813) 732-7710 or e-mail ami@hinducampoftampabay.com or call Amy Shah at (813) 541-5192 or e-mail amy@hinducampoftampabay.com  

JUNE 15: 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) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

JUNE 17-JULY 29: FRESH GROUP: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN; presented by PEHCHAAN; six Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; 16120 N. Florida Ave., Tampa (1/2 mile north of intersection of Bearss and Florida avenues); $30 group fee ($5 per session); pre-registration required; for registration or information, call facilitators Aarti Mathur at (813) 313-9415, Sushama Kirtikar at (813) 810-2470, e-mail pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com or visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

JUNE 19: FATHER’S DAY; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5:30 p.m.; free for 2011 Samaj members; non-members and guests pay $15 per person, which includes dinner after the show; well-known and accomplished Tampa Bay artist Rahul Patel is organizing an upscale musical show; for more information, call Samaj President Dr. Ashok Modh at (813) 728-4450, Vice President Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149, e-mail iafteru@aol.com or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

JUNE 24: JOLLY MUKHERJEE IN CONCERT; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; tickets are $25, $50 and $100 VIP; students pay $10; for more information, call Dr. Meenakshi Jain at (727) 480-6597, Dr. Sadhana Ramcharran at (727) 798-4258 and Dr. Ram Ramcharran at (727) 460-2460.

JUNE 26: SAMSKRUTI CHOIR PRACTICE; second meeting for the newly formed choir will be at 1 p.m. at Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; Cincinnati-based composer Kanniks Kannikeswaran, who directed two performances of “Chitram” in Tampa, will be present; choir is founded with the vision of building choral communities that express classicism through the medium of raga-based choral music with timeless Sanskrit verses; for more information about joining the choir, e-mail Dr. Manjul Derasari at manjulderasari@gmail.com

JUNE 26-JULY 3: SHRIMAD BHAGVAT KATHA; speaker will be Shastri Swami Narayancharandasji; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Dr. Dipak Shah at (813) 486-1074, Mukund Bhalani at (813) 817-0544 or visit www.utsav2011.org

JULY 10: JAGANNATH RATH YATRA (FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS); India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, call (813) 340-2324, e-mail tampabayrathyatra@yahoogroups.com or visit www.tampabyarathyatra.org

JULY 16: INDIAN CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT “THE NEW GENERATION”; USF College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Anupam Shobhakar on sarod, Abhik Mukherjee on sitar, Jay Gandhi on flute and Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla; presented by Swaradhana and USF Center for India Studies; early bird special is $25 until July 13; to reserve ticket, e-mail tickets@swaradhana.org or info@swaradhana.org


JUNE 1 AND JUNE 8: SPECIAL LECTURE PROGRAM SERIES; organized, moderated and coordinated by Dr. BVK Sastry; theme is Hindu Identity; Hindu University of America, 113 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando; free; 7 to 8 p.m. both days; for information, call (407) 275-0013 or visit www.hua.edu

JUNE 3-5: PRAN PRATISTHA MAHOTSAV; Shree Jalaram Satsang Mandal Orlando, 600 Hull Island Drive, Oakland; deities of Lord Ganesh, Durga, Radhakrishna, Jalaram Bapa, Ram darbar, Hanuman and Saraswati Devi will be installed; for information, call Bhogilal Vyas at (321) 230-1800, Dr. Prakash Tailor at (407) 761-5856 or visit www.jalarammandirorlando.org

JUNE 5: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP; Hindu Society of Central Florida hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 to 5 p.m.; tea/coffee party; free for members who have paid annual membership at $10 per person; otherwise, $3 per person cover charge; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

JUNE 5: 11th ANNUAL INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY; celebration of the first migration of people from India to the Caribbean nations; Lot-U (next to Citrus Bowl), 1610 W. Church St., Orlando; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; free admission; $5 parking; food and drinks available; presented by Sur Tarang/WLAA 1600 AM; for information, call Samdeo Raghunanan at (407) 294-3787 or (407) 497-0816.

JUNE 21-26: FAMILY SPIRITUAL CAMP; presented by Chinmaya Mission; Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando; Swami Tejomayananda, head of the Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, will lead the camp; the theme is Meditation; for more information about the camp, call Vibhu Agrawal at (407) 963-6301, Alok Sharma at (321) 278-3143 or visit www.chinmayaorlando.org

JUNE 25: GARAM GARBA FUNDRAISER; presented by Exit 10 to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Rawal Bros of Daytona Beach will perform; Hindu Society of Central Florida temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; tickets are $8 regular admission and $5 for students; for information, call Anish Patel at (941) 448-8621 or Sajan Parag at (941) 266-6324.

JULY 14: IACC BUSINESS AFTER HOURS; for details, call Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit www.iaccorlando.com


JULY 10-16: SHRIMAD BHAGVAT KATHA; speaker will be Shastri Swami Narayancharandasji; Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera; for information, call Kanti Bhalani at (321) 298-55531, Vinu Patel at (321) 432-4535 or visit www.utsav2011.org

JULY 16: SENIOR DAY; organized by the India Association of Space Coast; venue, time to be decided; for details, call Vinu Patel at (321) 432-4535 or visit www.iascbrevard.com


JUNE 4: THE 2011 ANNUAL BALL – “LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM;” presented by Indo-US Chamber of Commerce Northeast Florida; Hyatt Regency, Jacksonville Riverfront-Grand Ballroom, 225 East Coastline Drive; $50 per person; sponsorships available; 5 to 6:30 p.m. registration, cocktails, expos; 6:45 to 9 p.m. Annual Ball, then after party; performance by New York’s Arya Dance Academy; also fashion show, business networking and awards; special guest mayor-elect Alvin Brown; for information, call chamber President Senthil Kumar at (904) 826-5228, e-mail senthilkumar.fl@gmail.com or visit www.indousnefl.info

JUNE 11: “MUKHAVATE ANI CHEHAREY;” multimedia one-man stand-up talk show performed by Dilip Prabhavalkar; presented by Maharashtra Mandal Jacksonville; open to mandal members and non-members; University of North Florida/Student Union, 1 UNF Drive Building 58, Room 1302, Jacksonville; 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (includes 15-minute break); $20 per person; for information, call 904-534-9741, 302-507-9623, e-mail ec@mmjax.org or visit www.mmjax.org/events/Mukhavate.htm


JUNE 10-12: PRAN PRATISHTA AND KUMBABHISHEKAM CEREMONIES; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; festivities will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. all three days; sponsorships for the ceremonies as well as the various havens, poojas and aartis are available; for more information, call the mandir at (239) 225-7245, Mallika Nandur at (239) 851-0480, Arun Maheshwari at (239) 405-8065, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com


JUNE 19: FATHER’S DAY BOWLING; free for member dads; member (children and moms) are $5 per person; non-members are $10 per person (shoe rental, snack, soda and two hours of bowling included); presented by Indian Cultural Society of Daytona; Ormond Lanes, 260 N. U.S. Highway 1, Ormond Beach; for more information, call (386)-527-0855 or (386) 615-8241 or visit www.icsdaytona.com.


JUNE 3: “SAVITRI – A SONG OF ETERNITY;” Maharshi Aurobindo’s epic under direction and script by Charugita Shukla; presented by South Florida Hindu Temple and Hindu American Foundation; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; free; mahaprasad from 7 to 8 p.m. and then program begins; for information, call (954) 252-8802 or visit www.sfht.org

JUNE 10-12: PRANA PRATISHTHA MAHOTSAVAM; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 252-8802 or visit www.sfht.org

JUNE 11: ‘UTSAV – A BOLLYWOOD DANCE JOURNEY!” FUNDRAISER; Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trial, Boca Raton; 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; benefits No More Tears charity; presented by Nrityanjali International Performing Arts; ticket-donation is $30, $50 and $100; for sponsorships and other information, call (954) 282-1266, e-mail info@nrityanjaliarts.com or visit www.nmtproject.org

JUNE 18: SHAAN SE; Bollywood singer Shaan to perform with Aishwarya and Shadab; Broward College, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek; 7:45 p.m.; tickets are $30, $45, $60, $75, VIP and VVIP; for information, call Johnny at (954) 213-4318 or Drew “Amit” Belani at (407) 456-3226.

JULY 6-11: SRI VENKATESHWARA BRAHMOTSAVAM AND RATHOTHSAVAM; grand Rathothsavam will be around noon on July 10; various sponsorships are available; Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida, 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 689-0471 or visit www.shivavishnu.org

AUG. 8-14: HINDU HERITAGE YOUTH CAMP; Shiva Mandir-Florida Hindu Organization, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; for more information, call the temple at (954) 735-3560, Vijay Persad at (954) 854-6929, Nairmal Ramlogan at (954) 937-7729 or visit www.fhosm.com

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