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

Events

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

MAY 4: third annual rath yatra; procession starts from Pier 60, Clearwater Beach; for information, call Bhadra at (352) 316-4560 or visit www.festivalofchariots.org

MAY 10: “GHAZAL-E-MEHFIL: EK SHAM JAGJIT SINGH KE NAAM”; tribute to Jagjit Singh by Anup Jalota; 8 p.m.; Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater; tickets are $50, $100; for information, call Sham Chhabria at (813) 786-3529.

MAY 11: CONCERT; vocalist Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar will be accompanied by Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla and Milind Kulkarni on harmonium; 6 p.m.; for venue and more information, email Anil Nirgudkar at anil456@gmail.com

MAY 11: Kriya Yoga with Yogiraj Shree Shree MangeshDa; 4:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida Assembly Hall on first floor, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; free event for all interested in learning about the yoga, which Shree Krishna taught Arjun in the Bhagvad Gita; event to be followed by Kriya Yoga Diksha on Sunday, May 12, for those interested; for information, call Mala at (813) 679-5731.

MAY 11: musical evening by Sikkil Gurucharan; presented by Swaralaya; V. Sanjeev on violin and Satish Patri on Mridhangam; 5 p.m.; College of Public Health Auditorium, USF, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; tickets $20 per person; $30 per couple; free for annual members and children younger than 12 years of age; dinner available for nominal charge; for information, call Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 760-0323.

MAY 12: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Fort DeSoto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde; from 11 a.m.; snacks, Khichdi and Chaash will be provided free to members; non-members $15; for more information, call Bhogilal Patel at (813) 784-6653, Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

MAY 15: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; free; HCI Building, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Lorna Taylor, president and CEO of Premier Eye Care; dinner will be served; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

MAY 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) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MAY 18: FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, call (813) 962-6890 or visit http://htflt.org/

MAY 31: TARA ARTS SHOW 2013; presented by Association of Tampa Hindu Malayalee; Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Community Center, 2620 Washington Road, Valrico; 7:30 p.m.; musical extravaganza by Malayalam playback singers Rimi Tomy, Pradeep Babu and winner of 2010 Idea Star Singer Vivekanandanan; also, dance performance by Shalu Menon, comedy by Ramesh Pisharady and Subi Suresh; for tickets and more information, call T. Unnikrishnan at (813) 334-0123 or Sujith Kumar at (901) 486-8807.

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 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 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 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 $39, 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

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/APOPKA

MAY 3: SPRING GARBA; presented by Gujarati Youth Society and HSCF Youth; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free entry and free food; donations accepted; for more information, call Dipti at (321) 695-4422 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MAY 4: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP PICNIC; free for paid annual members of the group; others $3 per person; Red Bug Lake Park, 3600 Red Bug Lake Road, Casselberry; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; games such as bingo, playing cards, chess and antakshri to be held; plenty of food to be prepared on-site; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or email hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com

MAY 5: ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR; Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; organized as a volunteer effort by the members of CAPI (Central Florida Association of Doctors from India), it offers free health services, consultations and seminars; for information, visit www.hindutempleorlando.org or call (407) 699-5277.

MAY 18: Indian American Chamber of Commerce Business Expo; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando; for more information or to book a booth, visit www.iaccorlando.com

MAY 18: ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL; 3 to 9 p.m.; free; Avalon Park Downtown, East Orlando, 3680 Park E. Blvd., Orlando; for information, call (407) 234-5229 or visit www.aahc-cf.org

MAY 19: “JAWAI MAZHA BHALA”; Marathi play presented by KalaShri Boston; written by Ratnakar Matkari; two-act drama produced and directed by Shriniwas Jambekar in support of fundraising for Maharashtra Foundation USA; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 2 p.m.; organized by Marathi Mandals of Orlando, Jacksonville, South Florida and Tampa; $20 tickets; students with ID are $10; reserved seating for sponsors of $50 and donors of $100 per person; for information, call Kishor Pathare at (321) 960-5497 or e-mail kishorpathare@yahoo.com or Prashant Saoji at (407) 227-7091 or e-mail psaoji@yahoo.com

MAY 25: SUNDERKAND BY ASHWIN PATHAK; presented by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 5 p.m.; Sunderkand is the fifth chapter of Ramayana; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Manoj Patel at (407) 342-0117 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MAY 25: Annamacharya CONCERT; presented by Telugu Association of Greater Orlando and Hindu Society of Central Florida; free; 2:30 p.m.; HSCF, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; vocalists can register by calling Sangeetha Susarla at (732) 874-0159 or Gandhi Cherukumilli at (407) 384-1384.

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/

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN

MAY 12: SUMMER PICNIC; organized by Bharatiya Samaj of Central Florida; Mary Holland Park, North Broadway Ave., Bartow; 10 a.m. onward; for information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294 or visit www.bscfl.com

LAKELAND

MAY 4: 108 HANUMAN CHALISA RECITALS; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Anoopam Mission, 4685 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland; for information, call Jayeshbhai Patel at (407) 460-2020 or e-mail annopam.florida@gmail.com

MAY 5: COMEDY KING DINKER MEHTA; family comedy show; mahaprasad from 5 to 6 followed by show; Anoopam Mission, 4685 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland; for information, call Jayeshbhai Patel at (407) 460-2020.

MAY 26: SUNDERKAND BY ASHWIN PATHAK; Anoopam Mission, 4685 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland; 6:30 to 7:30 mahaprasad followed by Sunderkand; 7:30 p.m. onward; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Manoj Patel at (407) 342-0117.

SARASOTA/BRADENTON

MAY 26: MOTHER’S DAY & HOLI CELEBRATION; organized by Gujarati Association of Manasota; starts at 2 p.m.; Coquina Beach, on Longboat Key (take Cortez Road west to Gulf Drive south, picnic area is on right (west) just before the overpass); free for paid 2013 members; $10 for non-members; for information, call Bhumin Patel at (941) 773-4460 or Vishal Doshi at (941) 914-5878.

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

MAY 5: SHRI MAHAPRABHUJI BIRTH CELEBRATION MAHOTSAV; 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.

MAY 12: AKSHAY TRUTIYA; 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.

MAY 26: SHRI NRUSINH INCARNATION DAY; 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.

FORT MYERS

MAY 18: CONCERT; vocalist Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar will be accompanied by Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla and Milind Kulkarni on harmonium; 6:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road; for information, call Ramesh Patel at (239) 634-6402 or Mallika Nandur at (239) 851-0480 or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST)

MAY 12: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by Indian Association of Space Coast; Kiwanis Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island; 2 to 6 p.m.; for information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail iascbrevard@gmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

ORMOND BEACH/DAYTONA BEACH

MAY 25: rath yatra; for venue, timings, visit www.festivalofchariots.org

JACKSONVILLE

MAY 2-5: WORLD OF NATIONS (WON); Indian Cultural Society to represent India; attendees can visit more than 30 countries at the event; Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., across from the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium; organized by the city of Jacksonville; Indian booth will feature food, clothing, jewelry, henna, etc.; for information, call Bindu Ravi at (786) 444-8442 or e-mail won@jaxics.org

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

SOUTH FLORIDA (PALM BEACH/SUNRISE/FORT LAUDERDALE)

MAY 5: SHRI CHINMAYA JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami; during Bal Vihar prayer assembly; for details, visit www.cmmiami.org

MAY 11: CMBV YEAR-END BANQUET: OM SWEET OM; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami; 5 to 9 p.m.; Swami Narayan Mandir Hall, Boynton Beach; $20/adult, $15/child (ages 3 and younger are free); dinner is included; for details, visit www.cmmiami.org

MAY 11: MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION; organized by the Palm Beach India Association; Amara Shrine Temple, 3650 RCA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; for information, e-mail president@gopbia.com or visit www.gopbia.com/

MAY 11: Interfaith by Youth; theme is myths and misconceptions about Hinduism; 6:30 p.m.; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 252-8802, e-mail info@sfht.org or visit www.sfht.org

MAY 12: Murti Sthapana of Sri Adi Shankaracharya; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 252-8802, e-mail info@sfht.org or visit www.sfht.org

MAY 19: Celestial Vocal Concert; organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; vocalist Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar will be accompanied by Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla, Milind Kulkarni on harmonium; 5 to 8 p.m.; Artserve Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; tickets from $18 to $23; for purchase, visit www.apaiart.com

MAY 23-26: TALKS AND RETREAT BY ANANDMURTI GURUMAA; Grand Ballroom, Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free admission to all satsangs; also, Gurumaa is offering Yog Nidra from 10:30 a.m. to noon on May 25; $20 fee, registration required; for information, call Dr. Jayam Iyer at (727) 709-2364 or visit www.gurumaa.com

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

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