MARCH 2012
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida





MARCH 3: FIFTH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S DAY COMPETITIONS; organized by Tampa Tamil Association of USA; music vocal-classic and cinematic, coloring/drawing, story writing, quiz and fancy dress competitions; Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa; for information on rules, entries, call Rani Krishnaraj at (813) 783-3221, Sheila Narayanan at (813) 961-6120, e-mail or visit

MARCH 7: “OF HIP HOP BLING AND PUNJABI BHANGRA: GENDER AND MODERNITY IN THE NEW TIMES;” lecture by Dr. Madhavi Murty, visiting faculty member at Yale University in the South Asian Studies Council; 11 a.m.; Grace Allen Road, University of South Florida library; sponsored by the Department of Communication, the Institute on Black Life, the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the Center for India Studies at USF; for information, e-mail

MARCH 10: PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC STUDENTS’ CONCERT; 3:30 p.m.; Compton Park Club House (Tampa Palms), 16101 Compton Drive, Tampa; vocal, harmonium, keyboard, tabla students to perform; for information, call (813) 810-0257.

MARCH 21: 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.

MARCH 21: Monthly Business & Networking Meeting; organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; topic isWhat to Expect for the Republican National Convention;” speaker is Matt Becker, COO, 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee Inc.; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; HCI Building, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33607; free; dinner will be served and no RSVP required; for information, visit

MARCH 23: NAVRATRI; Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; celebrations daily till 6 p.m. April 1, which is Ram Navmi; for more information, call the mandir at (727) 537-9445.

APRIL 1: RAMNAUMI; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Shri Hanuman Swami Mandir, 907 E. Chilkoot Ave., Tampa, FL 33612; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma and the temple established in June 2011 holds Sunday services from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; for information, e-mail

APRIL 6: HANUMAN JAYANTI; 7:30 p.m.; Shri Hanuman Swami Mandir, 907 E. Chilkoot Ave., Tampa, FL 33612; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma and the temple established in June 2011 holds Sunday services from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; for information, e-mail

APRIL 7: VOCAL CONCERT; presented by Swaradhana; Manjusha Patil Kulkarni will be accompanied by Rajiv Paranjpe on harmonium and Mayank Bedekar  on tabla; 7 to 9:30 p.m.; Pebble Creek Community Center, 18715 Bent Tree Lane, Tampa; for tickets and more information, visit

APRIL 14: BAYSIDE BHANGRA; 10 teams from all over the United States to compete; seating begins at 5 with show from 6 p.m.; Centro Asturiano, 11913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa; $25, $35, $50; for information, call Kuleen Shah at (813) 486-4129 or Hasneet Kaur at (813) 504-2470, e-mail or visit

APRIL 21: VOCAL CONCERT; presented by Swaradhana; Pandit Jayteerth Mevundi will be accompanied by Sudhanshu Kulkarni on harmonium and Keshav Joshi on tabla; 6 to 9 p.m.; USF College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 N. 56th St., Tampa, for tickets and more information, visit

APRIL 22: “TRISHNA: A BOLLYWOOD BALLET;” presented by Srishti Dance Academy to benefit Asraah – The Helping Hands (; The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel; 4:30 p.m.; $10; for information, call (813) 404-1862, e-mail or visit

PUJYA MORARI BAPUJUNE 2-10: RAM KATHA BY PUJYA MORARI BAPU; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; free; breakfast, lunch and dinner to be served; key sponsor is India Cultural Center; for information, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or visit for updates.



Krishna DasMARCH 2-4: Heart of Devotion” weekend city retreat; kirtan artist Krishna Das will be presenting retreat; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $150 per person in advance online or $175 cash at the door; for information, visit or call Jackie at (321) 439-8353 or e-mail

MARCH 8: IRS & INTERNATIONAL TAXES; organized by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; speaker is Cecil K. Nazareth of IFRS Partners; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Park Square Homes, 5200 Vineland Blvd., Orlando; free for IACC members and $20 for others; light dinner is included; to RSVP, email or call Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050.

MARCH 11: 7TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET OF HSCF NEW AGE GROUP; 5 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; entry by prior RSVP only; paid annual members of the group pay $12 person and non-members pay $15; $20 at door; to RSVP, e-mail by March 6; for more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.                   

MARCH 11: 4TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS; ISKCON Orlando (Hare Krishna Temple), 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; 4:30 to 7 p.m.; bhajans, aarti, presentation of temple history, mahaprasad; for information, visit

MARCH 18 AND MARCH 25: COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR BLOOD DRAWING; 8:30 a.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; community health will be on April 15; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

MARCH 23: GUDI PADWA AND UGADI; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

MARCH 31: ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF INDIA; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF), 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for booth information, vendors can call Promod Dubey at (407) 221-5616, HSCF at (407) 699-5277 or visit

APRIL 1: SRI RAM NAVAMI; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

APRIL 15: COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR; presented by Hindu Society of Central Florida and Central Florida Physicians of Indian Subcontinent; free admission and consultation; however, blood drawing will be on March 18 and March 25 from 8:30 a.m. onward; HSCF Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

APRIL 28: “TU CHE LAJAWAB;” Gujarati play starring Sarita Joshi, Shruti Gholap, Hemant Bhatt, Vikram Mehta; presented by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; 7 to 10 p.m.; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; free to 2012 society members (free dinner from 6 to 7 p.m.); non-members will pay $30; for information, call (386) 479-3055 or (407) 398-2125.


MARCH 25: KIDS LESSON AND SATSANG AT YOUR HAVELI; starts at 3 p.m. with children’s lessons followed by Satsang; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.


MARCH 10-11: INDIAFEST 2012; presented by Manav Mandir; Wickham Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; cultural shows, fashion shows, music, henna, arts and crafts, yoga demonstration, live Indian cooking demo; $4 for adults and $1 for children age 12 and younger; kids 5 years of age and younger are free; for more information, visit


MARCH 17: HEALTH FAIR & INDIA FEST; presented by the India Cultural & Education Center; health fair will be 9 a.m. to noon and the festival will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium (Building V), 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606; $5 admission, kids younger than 5 years of age are free; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for information, call (352) 378-7112, (352) 505-9106, e-mail or visit


MARCH 4: “ANXIETY DISORDER;” free educational seminar by speaker Dr. Amit Vijaypura; 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; sponsored by Education Committee of HSNEF and Mother’s Cry Inc. for information, call (904) 810-7626 or visit

MARCH 24: 3RD ANNUAL JACKSONVILLE INDIA FEST; Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., across from Jacksonville Municipal Stadium; 1 to 10 p.m.; free admission; for information, visit


MARCH 31: BAISAKHI MELA; organized by the Indian Cultural Society of Daytona; The Casements in Ormond Beach, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach; noon to 4 p.m.; for information, e-mail or visit


MAY 21-24: MADHURASHTAKAM; Chinmaya Mission St. Augustine ashram, 6175 Solano Creek Road, Elkton; evening talks by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; for information, e-mail


MARCH 17: ANNAMAYYA ARADHANA; Sankeerthanas and Natyanjali; 10 a.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, call (352) 860-2181, (727) 505-7476, (727) 712-1233 or visit


MAY 19: MEDICAL CONFERENCE; presented by Treasure Coast Indo-American Physician Society (TIPS); Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie; registration from 6 p.m.; for information, call TIPS President Humayun Shareef at (772) 708-6847 or e-mail


MARCH 1-3: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE; organized by the Annie Appleseed Project; get answers to questions about complementary medicine; West Palm Beach; for information, call (561) 794-0084 or visit

MARCH 3: MIAMI MAYHEM; intercollegiate garba/raas competition; hosted by University of Miami Indian Students Association; to benefit Sunil’s Home Charity; Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, 17011 N.E. 19th Ave., North Miami Beach; 6:30 p.m. onward; tickets are priced from $15 and can be purchased at starting in mid-February; for information, call (954) 937-5582 or (409) 223-9111, e-mail or visit

MARCH 18: American College Cricket Spring Championship; 25 colleges compete for the trophy; Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill; all cricket enthusiasts encouraged to attend; for information, visit

MARCH 18: AIA ANNUAL PICNIC; organized by the Association of Indians in America South Florida chapter; Morikami Park-Lake Biwa Pavilion, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; free for current AIA members; non-members pay $8; food, cricket, volleyball, games raffle, bingo, bounce house, clown and face painting and games for kids; catered Indian lunch; for information, call Hovi at (561) 703-1878 or Naveen at (954) 786-2626.

MARCH 23: NAVRATRI; Shiva Mandir, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; for details, call Vijay Persad at (954) 475-3949, e-mail or visit

Anupama BhagwatMARCH 24: MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India; musicians are Anupama Bhagwat on sitar and Shouri Lahiri on tabla; 6 to 9 p.m.; ArtServe Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise; Tickets are $20, $25 and $15 for seniors and students; For more information, call (954) 885-1466, e-mail or visit

APRIL 1: RAMA NAVAMI/HANUMAN JAYANTI; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami during Bal Vihar Prayer Assembly; for information, visit

APRIL 29: BHARATA NATYAM; classical South Indian dance; presented by The Elegant School of Modern Dance; performed by Jaan R. Freeman; 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Tamarac Market Place, 10022 W. McNab Road, Tamarac; advance tickets before April 28 are $16 and $20 at the door; seniors and students with valid ID are $16; to register, call (954) 366-3952.

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