MARCH 2019
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

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MARCH 1-2, MARCH 15-17: THE ART OF HAPPINESS PROGRAM; University of South Florida, USF Engineering Building II (Room: ENB 109), 3820 USF Alumni Drive, Tampa; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; for March 1-2 information, call Amit Kumar at (813) 300-0364 and for March 15-17, call Sambhaji Dalvi at (813) 528-0629.

MARCH 2: Ekal Vidyalaya annual fundraiser concert; India Cultural Center (ICC), 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; for information, call Dr. Umesh Choudhry at (727) 507-0584, Dr. Jawahar Taunk at (727) 480-3829, Dr. Chandresh Saraiya (813) 309-0647.

MARCH 20: ICC SENIORS GET-TOGETHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no age restriction; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or (813) 863-3048.

MARCH 23: GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION; Free Clinic of Tampa Bay, 1323 W. Busch Blvd., Suite B, Tampa; 4:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony by Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel and other guests; gala dinner and musical orchestra 6 p.m. to midnight at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Kirit Shah at (727) 455-6250.

MARCH 30: GRAND CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; singer Sri Saketharaman will be accompanied by Sri L. Ramakrishnan on violin and Sri Patri Satish on mridangam; organized by Swaralaya; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email

APRIL 9-14: PRANA PRATISHTHA MAHOTSAV; grand opening of new Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; for program details and sponsorship/donation, call (813) 221-4482 or visit

APRIL 14: GRAND CARNATIC VEENA CONCERT; performer is Sri. D. Srinivas who will be accompanied by Sri. V.S. Raghavan on mridangam and Sri Krishna Sriram on ghatam; organized by Swaralaya; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email


MARCH 9: Ekal Vidyalaya annual fundraiser concert; Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; for information, call Nilesh Patel at (863) 853-9315, Hiren Patel at (863) 255-8008, Abhay Shah at (863) 709-8335.


Vishwa Batt concertAPRIL 26-28: A JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA; Bollywood dance party, cultural exploration and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt concert, yoga; The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; for complete schedule and tickets, call (941) 358-3180 or visit


MARCH 2-3, 9-10, 16; 3rd ANNUAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT; Orlando Champions Trophy, played with tennis ball; cash prizes, trophies; PFC Emory L. Bennett Veterans Memorial Park, 1365 Veterans Memorial Highway, Orange City; to register, call (407) 421-7159.

MARCH 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION CLASSES; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 9 to 10 a.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

MARCH 3: Ekal Vidyalaya annual fundraiser concert; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; for information, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 619-1500.

MARCH 6, 13, 20, 27: AAPI YOGA THERAPY; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

MARCH 9-10: PRANA PRATISHTA OF JHULAY LAAL; Maa Durga Sri Sai Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; to volunteer or sponsor, call Assan Shahdadpuri at (863) 602-6561 or Rakhi Dewani at (407) 484-1372.

MARCH 9: NATYAM 2019; classical art festival; presented by Natyatharu; 4:30 p.m.; Windermere High School Auditorium, 5523 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Winderemere; free; for information, visit

MARCH 10: ANNIVERSARY PARTY; organized by HSCF New Age Group; noon; Gateway to India, 790 E. State Road 434, Longwood; vegetarian and non-vegetarian main courses, appetizers, soft drinks; karaoke, antakshri; annual paid members pay $7 per person plus gratuity; non-members $15 plus gratuity; RSVP

APRIL 7: GUDHI PADWA; organized by Marathi Mandal of Orlando; Hindu Society of Central Florida hall, 1994 E. Lake Drive, Casselberry; for details, email orlandomarathi@yahoo.comARIJIT siNGH CONCERT

APRIL 27: ARIJIT SINGH CONCERT; presented by Krish Patel; 8 p.m.; CFE Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando; tickets starting at $59 can be purchased at; for sponsorship and other information, call Patel at (407) 454-3334.


MARCH 1: Ekal Vidyalaya annual fundraiser concert; India Cultural Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala; 8 p.m.; for information, call Nagesh Kohil at (352) 427-1542, Anju Vasudevan at (352) 239-2532, Nand Kumar Karve (352) 237-3084.


MARCH 16: INDIA FEST & HEALTH FAIR; presented by the India Cultural & Education Center; health fair will be 9 a.m. to noon and the festival will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Gainesville; free; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for information, email or visit


MARCH 23: 32nd ANNUAL INDIA FEST; organized by India Association of Fort Myers; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero; $5; free parking; Indian food, clothing, jewelry, entertainment, Bollywood fashion show; for information, call Suresh Bheemanapalli at (937) 270-9596, email or visit

APRIL 12: USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN & MASTERS OF PERCUSSION IN CONCERT; presented by RAAGA; Southwest Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs; 7:30 p.m. for information, visit


MARCH 9-10: INDIAFEST; presented by Manav Mandir; Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; cultural and fashion shows, music, henna, arts and crafts, yoga demonstration; $5 for adults, $2 for children under age 12 and kids under 5 are free; for information, call Yasmin Majeed at (321) 720-8590 or visit


Ekal studentsMARCH 10: Ekal Vidyalaya annual fundraiser concert; Bolles Middle School (Park Auditorium), 2264 Bartram Road, Jacksonville; 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 537-6472, Krishna Hanchate at (904) 568-9141.


MARCH 15: Ekal Vidyalaya annual fundraiser concert; Lee Hall Auditorium, 1601 MLK Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; for information, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080.


MARCH 8: Ekal Vidyalaya annual fundraiser concert; Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; for information, call Nirupama Kasam at (954) 349-7262; Shekar Reddy at (954) 895-1947.

MARCH 16-17: 26th ASIAN TRADE, FOOD FAIR AND CULTURAL SHOW; presented by Bangladesh Association of Florida; South Florida Fairgrounds (Expo Center), 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; noon to 10 p.m. both days; for information, call (561) 876-2255 or visit

MARCH 30: SOUNDS OF DRUPAD; Pandit Ramakant and Pandit Umakant Gundecha will be accompanied on Pakhavaj (percussion) by Akhilesh Gundecha; presented in partnership by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the Association of Performing Arts of India; 7 to 9 p.m.; University Theatre, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; $20 tickets available at or call (561) 297-6124

MARCH 30: 5K WALK & RUN UNITY IN DIVERSITY; organized by Sikh Society of Florida with town of Southwest Ranches; $15 children ages 12 and younger; $20 for 13 years of age and up; proceeds benefit Southwest Ranches Scholarship Fund; registration begins at 6:30 a.m.; 16000 Stirling Road, Southwest Ranches; for more information, visit

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to by the 20th.

Disclaimer: Event details are subject to change. Please check with local organizers.

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