MAY 2017
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida





MAY 3: “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 6: “IRSHAAD;” Marathi poetry entertainment show by Sandeep Khare and Vaibhav Joshi from India; organized by Sameer Kulkarni in association with Maayboli Melava Tampa Bay; $25 per person; Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W. Tampa Bay, Tampa; 4 to 7 p.m.; for information, call Kulkarni at (408) 637-0635.

MAY 7: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; noon to 5 p.m.; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; free admission, parking, food sampling; to register, visit; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

MAY 7: GUJARAT GAURAV DIWAS; Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay to celebrate official establishment of Gujarat state with Gujarati Dairo and Hasya by seven artists; 5 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; free to current members; non-members $15; for more information, visit or call Manish Patel at (727) 270-9896 or Ravi Patel at (727) 692-6399.

MAY 14: MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fort Desoto Park/Beach, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde (shelters 13, 14, 15); free to GSTB 2017 members, non-members $15, and $10 for youth under 18 years of age, include snacks and lunch; nominal entrance fee to enter park; keep change for tolls; for information, call Manish Patel at (727) 270-9896, Ravindra Patel at (727) 692-6399 or visit

MAY 17: SOCIAL; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; free; 6:30 p.m.; Shumaker Kendrick and Loop, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2800, Tampa; free parking courtesy of Shumaker (will need to have ticket stamped); no RSVP required; for information, visit

MAY 17: 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 21: “THE LEGENDS OF BOLLYWOOD;” tribute to unforgettable melodies presented by Kaaki Maas Box and organized by ISHCreations; tickets start at $35; Straz Center for Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall, 1010 N. W.C. Macinnes Place, Tampa; 6 p.m.; for information, call Dr. Meena Jain at (727) 480-6597 or Dr. Rakesh Mittal at (727) 409-7407.

JUNE 22-25: Inner Engineering Program; experience life-transforming wisdom from an Isha teacher trained by Sadhguru, yogi and mystic; St. Pete Garden Club, 500 Sunset Drive, S., St. Petersburg; free intro at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before program starts; cost $325; for information, contact (813) 413-1661 or email; to register visit

JULY 23: CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP ON KITCHEN GARDENING OF TRADITIONAL INDIAN FRUITS & VEGETABLES; organized by American Association of Farmers of Indian Origin; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $75 per person or $100 couple; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (813) 404-4833 or visit to register.


May 7: MOTHER’S DAY; organized by Gujarati Association of Manasota; Coquina Beach (on Longboat Key), 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free for members; non-members are $20 per person; for information, call association President Bhumin Patel at (941) 757-6563 or visit


MAY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: 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

MAY 6, 13, 20, 27: HEARTFULNES 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

MAY 6: GURU VANDANA; in honor of Teachers Appreciation Day; joint celebration by Hindu Swayamsevak Sena and Hindu Society of Central Florida; temple community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 5 to 8 p.m. with dinner; RSVP required; for information, call (407) 334-8006 or visit

MAY 6: FLORIDA PUNJABI MELA; Rosen JCC, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 6 to 11:30 p.m.; live DJ, dhol and photography; $30 adult and $10 child include dinner, drinks; for information, call Inderjeet Singh at (407) 922-6463.

MAY 7: 100 YEARS OF BOLLYWOOD; live audio-visual musical journey; written by Dr. Ninad Thackare and directed by Milind Oak; Trinity Preparatory Auditorium, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park; 5:30 p.m.; $20, $30, $50; for information, call Srishti at (407) 929-7326 or email

MAY 7: GOLF TOURNAMENT; organized by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; Bella Collina, 15920 County Road 455, Montverde; $175 per person after May 2; for information, visit

JUNE 9-11: SIMPLE AYURVEDIC & YOGIC TECHNIQUES FOR DAILY HEALTH; led by Swami Satyanandji; free; donations welcome; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; for information, call Mala Karkhanis at (407) 443-1605 or visit

AUG. 6: SONU NIGAM & ATIF ALAM LIVE; presented by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw; CFE Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $39; for information, call Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Sonal Patel at (407) 712-3223 or visit to purchase tickets.


JUNE 11: 6th ANNIVERSARY; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information, call (239) 225-0319 or visit


MAY 14: 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 more information, call (321) 591-2672, email or visit


MAY 7: KUMAR SANU & ALKA YAGNIK; live in concert presented by Kash Patel and Asta Parking; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $55; for information, call Prakash (Kash) at (954) 214-3830 or buy tickets at

MAY 13: KOBI PRONAM; celebrate Bengali poets Robi Thakur and Kazi Nazrul Islam; presented by Bengali Association of South Florida; 2 to 5 p.m.; Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; $5 per person; RSVP to

MAY 20: VAISAKHI; organized by Greater Punjab Cultural Society of South Florida; Coral Springs High School, 7201 W. Sample Road; dance – contemporary, classic, Bollywood, bhangra; music, comedy, skits, instrumental music; for details, call Baljit Mann at (954) 856- 3421 or Dr. Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674.

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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