MAY 2016
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG

MAY 1: GUJARAT GAURAV DIN; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; free for GSTB members and $15 for non-members; 5 to 6:30 p.m. is Kathiawadi dinner; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is “Folk Art of Gujarat” – free painting workshop for GSTB youth of all ages; 6:40 to 7:30 p.m. is "Mutthi Re Uncheto Gujarati" award ceremony; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. is “Kasumbi No Rang” Gujarati Dayaro and sugam sangeet; for information, call event Chair Dinesh Gandhi at (727) 858-4123 or Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747.

MAY 1: CARNATIC VOCAL RECITAL; presented by Swaralaya; Ranjani and Gayathri will be accompanied by M. Rajeev on violin and Sri Sai Giridhar on mridangam; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; $20; for information, call Anu Durai at (727) 743-1648.

MAY 4: “Desi Club;” organized by India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa: 1 to 4 p.m.; table tennis, carom, card games, chess, etc.; no membership, no minimum age requirement; free; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MAY 7: Baishakhi; cultural show by local talent presented by Soikot Bengali Association; 3:30 p.m.; Friday Morning Musicale & Federated Clubs; 809 W. Horatio St., Tampa; for details, visit www.soikot.org

MAY 7: CELEBRATION OF SPIRIT; The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave., S.E. St. Petersburg (at Bay Street and 19th Avenue Southeast); 5 p.m.; 10th anniversary celebrations with an interfaith prayer and songs; festivities continue next day (May 8) at 11 a.m.; RSVP info@vedantaflorida.org

MAY 7: 7th ANNUAL RATHA YATRA; free; kirtan, cultural program, prasadam; starts at 1 p.m. at Pier 60 Pavilion, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach; for information, email Bhadradas@gmail.com or visit www.festivalofchariots.org

MAY 8: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; free for GSTB members; non-members pay $15; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds South Dome area, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; for information, call Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

MAY 14: INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND HOLISTIC HEALTH AND LIVING WORKSHOP; organized by Jijnyasa Foundation for Education and Research and Florida Institute of Integrative Medicine; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; University of South Florida (west side conference center), 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; RSVP and register $30 person or $50 per family before May 10; onsite registration is $50 per person and $70 per family of two; to register or for more information, email Dr. Sarvadaman Pathak, M.D., at Sarvadaman.pathak@gmail.com

MAY 14: THAMAN MUSICAL NIGHT; presented by Telugu Association of Florida, Tampa Bay; Florida State Fairgrounds, Entertainment Hall, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa; $25 general admission; for information, call Neeraja Jasthi at (813) 789-4976.

MAY 18: 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: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; guest speaker is Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee; free; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

MAY 19-22: TEMPLE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, call (813) 962-6890 or visit www.htfl.org/

MAY 21: TAMPA BAY INDIAN MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL; organized by Shruti Foundation; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Master Indian classical musicians, dance performances, yoga, food, kirtan, etc.; for information, call (813) 549-9252 or visit www.shrutifoundation.org

MAY 22: SENIOR EVENT; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 4 to 7 p.m. Vyo Center, 5809 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Himatlal Parekh at (813) 922-8090 or Jigisha Desai: 813-731-7747.

JUNE 1: “DESI CLUB;” organized by India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa: 1 to 4 p.m.; table tennis, carom, card games, chess, etc.; no membership, no minimum age requirement; free; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

JUNE 3: THAIKKUDAM BRIDGE IN TAMPA BAY; presented by Malayalee Association of Central Florida; 7:30 p.m.; Knanaya Catholic Community Center, 2620 Washington Road, Valrico; tickets start at $40; for information, call (813) 416-9183 or (941) 702-0090.

JUNE 5: ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR; free; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 8 a.m. to noon; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Kirit Shah at (727) 455-6350 or Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747.

JUNE 25: SENIOR EVENT; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 4 to 7 p.m. Vyo Center, 5809 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Himatlal Parekh at (813) 922-8090 or Jigisha Desai: 813-731-7747.

ORLANDO/ALTAMONTE SPRINGS

MAY 4: MONTHLY MEET: organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; noon; Panda Hibachi Buffet, 800 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; socialize and play games; $5 for paid annual members or $8 at gate; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com 

MAY 22: 2016 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; Bella Collina, 15920 County Road 455, Montverde; organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC); 7:30 a.m.; $125 per person or $175 after May 13; RSVP at www.iaccorlando.com

SARASOTA/BRADENTON

MAY 15: MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION; organized by Gujarati Association of Manasota; Coquina Beach (on Longboat Key); 1 to 6 p.m.; free for members; $10 for non-members; for information, call Rina Patel at (941) 518-3462 or Bhumin Patel at (941) 773-4460.

SPACE COAST (MELBOURNE/COCOA)

MAY 8: MOTHER’S DAY; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); F. Burton Smith Regional Park, 7575 W. Highway 520, Cocoa; 1 to 6 p.m.; for fees and other information, call (321) 271-7072, email iascbrevard@gmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

SOUTH FLORIDA (CORAL SPRINGS/FORT LAUDERDALE)

MAY 7: VAISAKHI 2016; presented by Greater Punjab Cultural Society; 7 p.m.; Coral Springs High School, 7201 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs; bhangra competition, teen gidha, Bollywood dance and fancy dress show; general admission is $10; kids under 5 years of age free; for information, call Baljit Mann at (954) 856-3421 or Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674.

Dwani

Dhwani group

MAY 7: EKAL VIDYALAYA FUNDRAISER; Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Dhwani band to perform; tickets start at $25; 6 p.m. dinner with program to follow; for information, call Jagdish Tailor at (954) 562-9375.

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Gundecha Brothers

MAY 8: COSMIC SOUNDS OF DRUPAD WITH GUNDECHA BROTHERS; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India; JM Family Studio Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 5 p.m.; $30, $40 and $20 for students with current ID; for information, call APAI at (954) 885-1466, email apaiart@comcast.net; for tickets, visit www.browardcenter.org

MAY 13: SHANKAR EHSAAN LOY WITH NEW GENERATION IN CONCERT; tribute to S.D. and R.D. Burman; presented by Paracha Entertainment and Woodlands restaurant; 8:30 p.m.; War Memorial Auditorium, 800 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; tickets starting at $39 can be purchased at www.parachaentertainment.com; for information, call (954) 590-0955.

JUNE 11: BHARATA NATYAM FOR NEW AUDIENCES; presented by Ayama Yoga & Wellness Center and performed by Jaan R. Freeman; Ayama, 2250 N.E. 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; $30 advance or $35 at door; also, Fundamentals of Bharata Natyam workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 12; for information, call (305) 994-0080 or visit www.dakshinapalli.org

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to editor@khaasbaat.com by the 20th.

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

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