JUNE 2013
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



JUNE 1: “DASHAVATARAM: A MAGICAL JOURNEY”; presented by Shreyas - An Expression of Dance; benefits the BRIDGE Clinic; 6 p.m.; Walter L. Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; tickets are $10 for student with ID, $15, $25, $50; for information, call Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120 or Alamelu Prasanna at (813) 758-4916.

JUNE 1: FUNDRAISING CRICKET GAME; presented by D Boyz Sports Club and Tampa Crew Cricket Club; Eddie Lopez Field, 7801 N. 22nd St., Tampa; 1 to 7 p.m.; $8 per lunch ticket; barbecue lunch and West Indian delicacies; proceeds to benefit Shree Raam Mandir; for information, call Nick at (813) 334-0443.

JUNE 2, 9, 16: HINDU DHARMA CLASSES; understand the basic fundamentals of Hinduism; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa (new classrooms attached to the café); 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; facilitators are Nainan Desai and Dr. Rao Korabathina; for information, call (813) 245-8417 or e-mail uc9n9n@gmail.com

JUNE 8-9: CARIBBEAN FEST 2013; presented by the Tampa Caribbean Festival; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; 2 p.m.; for information, call (813) 445-9010 or visit www.carnivaltampa.com

JUNE 9: GSTB-ORGANIZED COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; free to everyone 40 years of age and above; light breakfast and lunch provided; for information, call Bhogilal Patel at (813) 784-6653, Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

JUNE 11-15: DISCOURSE ON THE BHAGWAT GITA BY PANDIT RAJIN BALGOBIND; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; bhajans from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by discourse, then mahaprasad at 9; third annual community event has been arranged by several Tampa Bay organizations; for more information, call (727) 460-2460 or (727) 798-4258.

JUNE 19: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; free; Homeowners Choice Insurance Building, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; speaker Ron Weaver, partner at Stearnes Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., will discuss “How has networking changed and what role does it play in today’s world of business?”; dinner will be served; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

JUNE 19: 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.

JUNE 22: MUSICAL EVENING OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC; performers are Abhik Mukherjee on sitar, Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla, Dr.  Shouri Lahiri as Tabla Solo (guest artist from New York) and featured local talent are Suraj and Priya Majethiya (vocal and tabla); 7 to 10 p.m.; venue to be determined; for information, contact (813) 549-9288, (813) 549-9252, email Shankh.tabla@gmail.com or visit www.Shankhachur.com 

JUNE 29: SHANKAR EHSAAN LOY CONCERT; presented by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Charitable Foundation and Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (FAPI); 8 p.m.; Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa; for tickets, which start at $49, call (407) 308-5595; for VIP tickets and sponsorship, call Dr. Vipul Kabaria at (813) 789-4369, Dr. Haravu Lokesh at (727) 542-7358, or visit www.parachaentertainment.com and www.aapiregionalconference.org

JULY 13: Devotional Classical Music evening; performers are vocalist Dr. Monica Shah, Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla, Dr. Manohar Apte on harmonium and featured local talent of tabla orchestra by Ishan Rele, Akash Patel, Mitesh Persaud, Ryan Sahedeo, Ajay Kokeram and Prem Kantipuri; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; for information, contact (813) 549-9288, (813) 549-9252, email Shankh.tabla@gmail.com or visit www.Shankhachur.com  


JUNE 2: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP; free for paid annual members of the group; others $3 per person; 1:30 p.m.; HSCF community center, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; law practitioner Rana Tiwari along with Mitch Gordon of Gordon Insurance Group will conduct seminar on Medicare; 1:30 p.m.; time permitting, games such as chess and study circle will be held; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or email hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com

JUNE 2: 13TH ANNUAL INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY CELEBRATION; Ocoee City Hall, 157 Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee; 2 to 7 p.m.; free medical checkups, admission, parking; for information, call (407) 421-8118 or (407) 294-3787.

JUNE 7-9: GYAAN YAGNA; discourse by Pandit Chunelall Narine; 6:30 pm. to 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday; Shree Hanuman Mandir, 3119 Lauressa Lane, Orlando; for information, call Hari Singh at (407) 679-2226 or Sandra Persaud at (407) 351-2666.

JUNE 17-23: ANNUAL YAGNA 2013; Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, 269 Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, Orlando; for information, call David Persaud at (407) 877-0376 or Pandit Jadonath at (407) 877-7916.

JUNE 19, 22, 23: ABHISHEKAM, HOMAM, CONCERT; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; special Abhishekam (all deities) on the temple’s eighth anniversary from 9 a.m. to noon on June 19; Vishnu Sahasranamam Homam from 9 a.m. to noon on June 22; and first annual Dr. Vasundhara Iyengar vocal concert from 10 a.m. to noon on June 23; for information, call the mandir at (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

JUNE 22: 108 SATYANARAYANA KATHA; 6:30 p.m.; Shiv Dham Hindu Temple and Brahmrishi Yogashram; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 380-2661, e-mail ymcco@yahoo.com or visit www.shivtemple.net 

JUNE 27: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS; networking event organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida; 7335 West Sand Lake Road,  Suite 390, Orlando; 6 to 8 p.m.; with appetizers and beverages; presently, BAH events are free to attend; RSVP required; sponsored by First Farmer's Banc; for more information, email info@iaccorlando.com or visit www.iaccorlando.com 

JUNE 30-JULY 7: SHRIMAD BHAGWAT KATHA (IN HINDI); presented by Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for timings and other details, call Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224, temple at (407) 699-5277 or visit http://www.hindutempleorlando.org/

JULY 13: SHRI KRISHNA MADHURAM; musical play on life of Lord Krishna and Radha in Hindi; Osceola Performing Arts Center (formerly Tupperware), 3141 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee; $30 donation, preferred, premium, VIP, sponsor tickets available; proceeds to benefit various charities; for information, call Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Kamal Patel at (863) 670-1045.

JULY 14-20: DISCOURSE ON SHRIMAD BHAGVAT KATHA; priest/lecturer is Acharya Shri “Balshuk” Gopeshji Maharaj; Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; for information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com or visit www.durgasaitemple.org


JUNE 2: 5TH ANNUAL PICNIC OF CHAROTAR PATIDAR SAMAJ OF FLORIDA; 10 a.m.; Mary Holland Park, 2015 Shumate Drive, Bartow; free food, beverages; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Kamal Patel at (863) 670-1045.


JUNE 2, 9, 23: SATSANG; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

JULY 12: SHRI KRISHNA MADHURAM; musical play on life of Lord Krishna and Radha in Hindi; Marion Technical Institute Auditorium, 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala; 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $35, $50, $75, $100; event includes dinner served from 7 to 8 p.m.; proceeds will benefit Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida); for information or to purchase tickets, call Trupti Patel at (862) 251-3198 or Kalpesh Mehta at (352) 875-5275.


JUNE 3-14: SUMMER CAMP 2013 BY RAVI AND RADHIKA BHARTI; for ages 5 to 20 years; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; for information, visit www.hindutempleswfl.com

JUNE 8-9: SHANI TEMPLE INAUGURATION AND SECOND ANNIVERSARY; both begin at 9 a.m. on each day; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road; for information, call the mandir at (239) 225-0319, Ramesh Patel at (239) 634-6402 or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com


JUNE 7-9; SHREEMAD SATSANGI JIVAN PARAYAN; presented by Shree Swaminarayan Agyna Upasana Satsang Mandal; katha from 3 to 7 p.m.; for information, call Rakesh Chovatia at (321) 626-2500 or Paresh Chovatia at (321) 446-4622.


JUNE 1: 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA; presented by Indo-US Chamber of Commerce Northeast Florida; Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville; starts at 5 p.m.; $50 per person; for information, visit http://www.indousnefl.info/

JULY 18-23: Dada Bhagwan’s Gurupurnima; presented by Dada Bhagwan Pariwar (family) of Southeast U.S.A.; in the presence of Pujya Deepakbhai Desai; Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville; real-time translations from Gujarati to English; daily program from 9:30 a.m. till 7:30 pm.; no cost to attend the event; all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided free; for program details, visit usevents.dadabhagwan.org; for more information, call (877) 505-DADA (3232), Ext. 10, or e-mail gp@us.dadabhagwan.org


JUNE 13-15: “TIPS FOR HAPPY LIVING”; presented by Chinmaya Mission Miami; Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya (CM San Jose); 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; Sabnani residence, 12215 S.W. 101 Terrace, Miami; free talks in English; for details, call (305) 803-9580, e-mail hariom@cmmiami.org or visit www.cmmiami.org

AUG. 3: MUSIC FOR THE SOUL CONCERT; organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; performers are vocalist Pandit Sanjoy Banerjee, Sudhir Limaye on tabla, and Dr. Manohar Apte on harmonium; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Artserve Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33304; tickets range from $18 to $23 online or $20 and $25 at door; for purchase, visit www.apaiart.com

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