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

Events

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

MARCH 5: EKAL FUNDRAISER; Manoj Mishra Musical Group will perform; 6 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $25 tickets; free for Gujarati Samaj members; for information, call Jawahar Tauk at (727) 480-3829 or e-mail jtaunk@tampabay.rr.com

MARCH 12: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION; International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa; 6:30 p.m.; women are encouraged to share their achievements; for more information and submissions e-mail aminnamrata@yahoo.com

MARCH 16: 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.

MARCH 20: PICNIC; organized by the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (Marathi Mandal); around 11 a.m.; venue to be determined; for details, call (424) 245-5619 or e-mail mmtb_ec_maayboli@yahoo.com

MARCH 20: HOLI; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; 11 a.m.; for more information, call Dr. Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

MARCH 26: GALA MAGNOLIA BALL; presented by India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 8 p.m.; dinner, open bar, live music, dancing; $100 for ICC supporter, $250 for Magnolia Supporter and $500 for President’s Circle; 100 percent of donations go toward paying down ICC debt; for more information, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MARCH 26: HOLI PICNIC; organized by Rajasthani Association; John Chestnut Park, Palm Harbor; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for information, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or Naina Parekh at (813) 265-8727.

MARCH 27: “JA TARI SATHE KITTA;” Gujarati play presented by Parimal Butala; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $10, $20; for information, call Butala at (813) 892-8197 or Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981.

Bayside Bhangra, TampaAPRIL 2: BAYSIDE BHANGRA; presented by First Desi Alliance, India Cultural Center and Punjabi Association of Florida; 5 p.m.; Straz Center, (formerly Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), Ferguson Hall, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place; tickets on sale now; for information, call Kuleen Shah at (813) 486-4129, Vince (813) 516-4107, e-mail info@baysidebhangra.com or visit www.baysidebhangra.com

APRIL 9: PUNJABI MELA; presented by Punjabi Association of Florida; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6:30 p.m. to midnight; Punjabi folk singer Sukhwinder Panchi with band, gidha, bhangra; seated family show that includes dinner and drinks; tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at gate or $100 for VIP; for more information, call Amrit Brar at (813) 295-2121 or Surinder Dhaliwal at (727) 667-8369.

APRIL 9: HEALTH FAIR; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay members; for more information, call Dr. Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

Sanjeev Abhyankar, TampaAPRIL 16: PANDIT SANJEEV ABHYANKAR IN CONCERT; presented by Swaradhana; 6 to 9 p.m.; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 13345 Casey Road, Tampa; to reserve your tickets, e-mail Avinash Deshpande at Swaradhana1@yahoo.com; include your name and the number of tickets you want to reserve; early bird special is $20 per person (until April 13); then it is $30 (April 14-16); sponsorships of $100 or more (four tickets) are welcome.

 

APRIL 17: “ELDER ISSUES” WORKSHOP; organized by PEHCHAAN; psychologist Dr. Aarti Mathur will attend; 2 to 4 p.m.; venue to be determined; for details, call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, Vandana Shelkar At (813) 943-5288, or email pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com

APRIL 24: MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by Swaralaya; Vidwan T. M. Krishna accompanied by Sriramkumar on violin and Arun Prakash on Mridangam; 4 p.m.; $20 members, $25 non-members and $5 students with ID; for information, call Sahasranaman at (727) 942-8150, Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298, Viji Ramanathan at (813) 926-9701 or e-mail swaralaya@gmail.com

MAY 2: “KRISHAN VS. KANHAIYA;” Hindi play starring Paresh Rawal; Centro Asturiano, 1913 Nebraska Ave., Tampa; 7:45 p.m.; presented by Satya Shaw, CPA; tickets are $39, $49, VIP $69, VVIP $100 (with dinner); for information, call (813) 960-7429, (813) 908-1602 or e-mail Satyashawcpa@aol.com

MAY 14: MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by Swaralaya; Priya Sisters Shanmukapriya and Haripriya; 5 p.m.; College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa; $20 members, $25 non-members and $5 students with ID; for information, call Sahasranaman at (727) 942-8150, Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298, Viji Ramanathan at (813) 926-9701 or e-mail swaralaya@gmail.com

ORLANDO/OAKLAND/OCOEE

MARCH 6: HSCF NEW AGE (SENIORS) GROUP’S SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY DINNER; Chinmaya Mission Orlando, 1221 Florida Rd, Casselberry; 5 to 9:30 p.m.; $10 per person or annual members with prior RSVP; $15 for non-members with prior RSVP; $20 at gate; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

MARCH 6: PANEL DISCUSSION ON ‘BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER;’ Professor Amy Chua’s book has sparked a debate on strict parenting; panelists are Dr. Marnie Shanbhag, Krishna Panchal, Professor Swamy, Padma Modh and Dr. C. Sadeesh; presented by the Hindu Society of Central Florida, Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10:30 a.m. to noon; for information, call (407) 699-5277.

MARCH 10: “INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE SUMMIT: HOW TO DO BUSINESS OVERSEAS;” panel discussion with international business attorney, immigration attorney and tax specialist; presented by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6 to 9 p.m.; Park Square Homes offices-design studio, 5200 Vineland Road, Orlando; free for IACC members; $20 for non-members; RSVP info@iaccorlando.com by March 4 or visit www.iaccorlando.com

MARCH 18: “AN EVENING OF INDIAN MUSIC;” Zakir Hussain on tabla and Niladri Kumar on sitar; presented by Asian Cultural Association; 8 p.m.; UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Darden Auditorium, 9970 Universal Blvd., Orlando; tickets are $35, $50 and VIP; for information, call ACA at (407) 333-3667 or visit www.aca-florida.org

MARCH 19: THIRD ANNIVERSARY AND GAURA PURNIMA FESTIVAL; ISKCON of Orlando, 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; bhajans begin at 6 p.m., followed by Abhishek of the deities, drama and dance, arati and Mahaprasad; for information, call (407) 257-3865 or visit www.iskconorlando.com

MARCH 19: HOLI PUJA; Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call Mala Choksi at (321) 662-0605, or (407) 574-8044, e-mail maadsshbtemple@gmail.com or visit www.durgasaitemple.org

Orlando HoliMARCH 20: HOLI; organized by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Bill Frederick Park (pavilion No. 6) at Turkey Lake, 3401 S. Haiwassee Road, Orlando; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; for information, call Nilkanth Kapadia at (407) 832-3835.

MARCH 20: HOLI 2011; presented by Indian Horizon; Citrus Bowl, 1610 Church St., Orlando; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for information, call Harry Singh at (321) 662-1887 or Seeta Singh at (407) 889-8872.

MARCH 20: 14TH ANNUAL HOLI; presented by Association of Asian Cultural Festivals; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free; for information, call Lalman Persaud at (407) 340-0954 or Margaret at 9407) 256-1789.

MARCH 26: “SUR SANGAM;” presented by Shri Shiv Dham Hindu Temple and Brahmrishi Yogashram, 460 OBerry Hoover Road, Orlando; 6 p.m.; ghazals, geet and bhajans presented by Geeta Bisram and Purnash; $10 donation; for information,n call (407) 380-2661 or (407) 451-2617.

APRIL 1: “LO GUJJUBHAI GHODE CHADIYA;” Gujarati play presented by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 6 p.m.; drama is only for society members; for information, call Nilkanth Kapadia at (407) 832-3835.

APRIL 1: RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN IN CONCERT; presented by Taj Blue Media and RK Video; Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur lane, Kissimee; $35, $55, $75 and VIP tickets; for information, call (407) 456-3226 or 1-800-851-8514.

OCALA

MARCH 4: EKAL FUNDRAISER; Manoj Mishra Musical Group will perform; 7:30 p.m.; India Association Cultural & Education Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala; for information, call Nand Kishore Karve at (352) 237-3084 or e-mail karven@hotmail.com

ALACHUA

MARCH 19: HOLI; festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include bonfire, children’s activities, etc.; ISKCON of Alachua, 17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; for information, call (386) 462-2017 or (352) 222-1440 or visit www.newramanreti.com

JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 26: HOLI; organized by the Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville; free for society members; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Hanna Park (shelter 6), 500 Wonderwood Drive; for more information, call (904) 638-2918, e-mail info@jaxics.org, president@jaxics.org or visit www.jaxics.org

MELBOURNE

Melbourne IndiafestMARCH 12-13: INDIAFEST; presented by Manav Mandir; Wickham Park Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; “Cultural Weddings of India” is the theme; also, 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 www.indiafestbrevard.org

MARCH 20: HOLI; organized by the India Association of Space Coast; Fox Lake Park, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville; 1 to 7 p.m.; for details, visit www.iascbrevard.com

 

GAINESVILLE

MARCH 19: INDIA FEST AND HEALTH FAIR; 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; $3 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 indiafestgainesville@gmail.com or visit www.icec-florida.org

FORT MYERS

MARCH 2: MAHASHIVRATRI; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; starts at 7 p.m.; for information, call (239) 482-0677, (239) 274-5584 or (239) 466-5236, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com

MARCH 19: HOLIKA DEHAN; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; 6 p.m.; for information, call (239) 482-0677, (239) 274-5584 or (239) 466-5236, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

MARCH 2: MAHA SHIVRATRI; Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida, 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches; starts from 5 p.m.; for more information, call (954) 689-0471 or visit www.shivavishnu.org

MARCH 6: MAHA SHIVRATRI; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami; celebrations will be held during the prayer assembly at all regular Sunday Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes; for more information, visit www.cmmiami.org

MARCH 13: SENIOR CITIZENS TALK; organized by Indian Physicians of South Florida (IPOF); 11 a.m. to noon; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; free; for more information, call Dr. Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674, e-mail ipofus@yahoo.com or visit www.ipof.org

Holi, South FloridaMARCH 19: HOLI; organized by the Bengali Association of South Florida; at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, 6503 North Ocean Drive, Dania; for more information, visit www.basfl.org or e-mail sf.bengali@gmail.com

MARCH 19-20: 18TH ASIAN 2011 FOOD FAIR & CULTURAL SHOW; presented by the Bangladesh Association of Florida; Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, 51 N. Swinton Ave., downtown Delray Beach; cultural show featuring Bangladeshi/Bollywood singers and dancers, bhangra teams, fashion shows, arts and crafts, etc.; for more information, call (561) 876-2255, (954) 873-1411, (754) 246-2801, (561) 502-1910 or visit www.asianfair.org

MARCH 20: HOLI CELEBRATION; organized by the Indian Religious & Culture Center (IRCC); C.B. Smith Park (shelter No. 6), 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; snacks, lunch and pizza will be served; colors will be provided by IRCC at park; music and dance, tea and ganthias; $5 members and $10 non-members; for more information, call Sanjay Gupta at (954) 461-4003 or Sanjiv Shah at (954) 786-9997.

APRIL 2: “CHITRAM – A PORTRAIT OF INDIA;” multimedia musical theater production by composer and artistic director Kanniks Kannikeswaran; organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; 7 p.m.; Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; tickets ranging from $18 to $65 can be purchased at www.MiramarCulturalCenter.org  or call (954) 602-4500, prompt one; for information of Association of Performing Arts of India, call (954) 885-1466, e-mail apaiart@comcast.net or visit www.apaiart.com

APRIL 30: “KRISHAN VS. KANHAIYA;” Hindi play starring Paresh Rawal; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; 7:45 p.m.; presented by Satya Shaw, CPA; tickets are $39, $49, VIP $69, VVIP $100 (with dinner); for information, call (813) 960-7429, (813) 908-1602 or e-mail Satyashawcpa@aol.com

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