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OCT. 2: SHARAD PURNIMA GARBA; hosted by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, India Cultural Center and USF students; free admission; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for contact information, visit

OCT. 3: FILM SCREENING AND HONOR; renowned film-maker Padmavibhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan (winner of nine National and four international awards) will be welcomed by the Center for India Studies and Malayalee Association of Central Florida; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; "Naalu Pennungal" ("Four Women") will be shown at 4 p.m. with reception at 6 p.m. and film discussion and brief address by the film-maker; also "Oru Pennum Randaanum" ("A Climate for Change") will be shown; FAH 101 Recital Hall, University of South Florida; for more information, call Center for India Studies Chair Gurleen Grewal at (813) 974-8439 or visit

OCT. 10: WORKSHOP ON PARENTING; Brni Aparna Chaitanya born and raised in the United States, with a degree in journalism, returns due to popular demand; register early; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Chinmaya Prasad, 18708 Hanna Road, Lutz; for more information, visit or vOCT. 14: DESI CLUB OF TAMPA BAY MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; attendees can enjoy indoor sports games such as table tennis, darts, bridge and other card games, carrom and more; light snack and refreshments are provided; to RSVP, call Ramesh Parekh at (727) 785-4112 or e-mail or Pradip Patel at (813) 785-2736 or e-mail

OCT. 16-NOV. 16: DEEPAVALI DHANALAKSHMI AND KARITHIKA MASA FESTIVAL; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road; for information, visit

OCT. 17: "RAAGAS ON SAXOPHONE;" presented by Thaiya Thaiya; Kadri Gopalnath on saxophone, accompanied on the violin by A. Kanyakumari, and percussionist B. Harikumar; evening will open with Patrick Hernly and USF students presenting an Indian classical piece; 6:30 p.m.; College of Public Health, USF, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; for more information, call Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298.

OCT. 17: FREE HEALTH SCREENING AND HEALTH SEMINAR; hosted by Indian Nurses Association Of Central Florida (INACF); 6400 E. Chelsea St., Tampa (Mary Help of Christians Church); 1 pm to 5 pm.; health screening is for anyone 18 years of age and older and includes cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings; health, nutrition and fitness information will be provided; Heart Saver/CPR Classes also will be offered; no RSVP is required; for information, call Pauline Alookaran at (813) 817-2937 or e-mail

OCT. 19-23: "THE COSMIC FORM DIVINE OF THE LORD;" 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Swami Shantananda with his deep insight and knowledge will take us through the Bhagavad Geeta Chapter 11 and unfold "The Cosmic Form Divine of the Lord;" India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, visit or

OCT. 21: INDO-US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MONTHLY NETWORKING EVENT; 6:30 p.m.; topic is "Micro-Lecture Series;" Quorum Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa; for information, visit

OCT. 21: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

OCT. 30: PEHCHAAN PRESENTS, "BERNADETTE'S BRAVO!"; a contemporary musical of true stories of bravery and success, enacted by Powerstories Theater at 7.30 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4357 Lowell Road, Tampa; tickets are $10 per person; for more information, call Gopa Rautray at (813) 598-9848, Nandini Bandyopadhyay at (813) 558-9328, Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, e-mail or visit www.

OCT. 31: SECOND ANNUAL CHAMPIONS TROPHY VALLAMKALI (BOAT RACE); organized by the Malayalee Association of Central Florida and Tampa Bay Boating Association; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 to 11 practice and races from noon to 5 p.m.); Veteran's Memorial Park, 3602 N. U.S. 301, Tampa; (south of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and U.S. 301 intersection); $250 registration fee per team; for information and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303 or e-mail

NOV. 7: 22ND ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 1 to 10 p.m.; $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 years and younger; University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; for information, visit

NOV. 14: CHITRAM; multimedia musical theater production; fundraiser for Hindu Temple of Tampa; 7:30 p.m.; produced and directed by Kanniks Kannikeswaran; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; tickets are $50/$100; sponsors Platinum $5,000, Gold $2,500, Diamond $1,000; for tickets/sponsorships, call Manjul Derasari at (813) 977-6695 or Gaurangi Patel at (727) 804-4513.

NOV. 21-22: FIFTH ANNUAL AACSA CONVENTION AND 28TH MISS INDIA USA PAGEANT; the Asian American Convenience Stores Association represents more than 50,000 Indian stores and small business owners; there will be a Talent Show on Nov. 20 and the pageant starts at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; noon to 11 p.m.; for more information, call AACSA President Satya Shaw at (813) 960-7429, e-mail or visit


OCT. 4: MUSICAL NITE; Lalit Sodha and party from Mumbai to perform Navratri 2009; Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Florida Ave., Bartow; also, on Oct. 2-3, Navratri garba will be presented from 8:30 p.m. at same venue; 7 p.m.; $10 per person; for more information, call Arvind Patel at (863) 294-8761 or Hasmukh M. Patel at (863) 965-1453.


OCT. 15-19: DIWALI MAHOTSAV; Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; for more information, call (863) 687-4776 or (863) 529-1146.


OCT. 3: DUSSEHRA CELEBRATION; 6 to 10:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; cultural performances and dinner; $15 person; for information, call Neema Vedi at (407) 805-9198, e-mail: or visit

OCT. 3-5: BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: THE 15TH ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL; movies to be screened include "Tahaan," "Loins of Punjab Presents," "Supermen of Malegaon;" $10 tickets; presented by Enzian Theater and Asian Cultural Association; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; for tickets and more information, call ACA at (407) 333-3667 or visit

OCT. 4: GANDHI DAY CELEBRATIONS; held by Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; 1.30 p.m.; a healthy discussion regarding quotations from Mahatma Gandhi followed by tea/coffee party and traditional Indian snacks; $5 per person cover charge; for information, e-mail

THROUGH OCT. 4: "LOOKING EAST"; photographic exhibit by Steve McCurry of Holi festival celebrations in Jodhpur and a dust storm in Rajasthan among 42 on display; Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando at 65 E. Central Blvd.; for information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit

OCT. 30: SRI DURGA MA PUJA; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 7 to 9 p.m.; for sponsorship details of the monthly Sri Durga Ma Pujas, call Dev Sharma or Sudesh Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or Neema or Pardeep Vedi at (407) 805-9198.

DEC. 5: TALENT SHOW & GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; minor, juniors and seniors categories; prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Choreography and Best Overall Performance; free; entry for an item deadline is Nov. 1; 5 p.m.; Linda W. Chapin Auditorium, Orange County Convention Center Hall C, International Drive, Orlando; for more information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517, (407) 302-3645 or e-mail


OCT. 25: HEART OF FLORIDA ASIAN FESTIVAL; noon to 6 p.m.; Thomas Center, 302 N.E. Sixth Ave., Gainesville; celebration of Asian cultural arts; free admission; vendor booths offering food, clothing, etc. will be set up; for information, call (352) 393-8746 or visit


OCT. 2: FRIDAY BHAJAN; sponsors are Mukunda and Vijaya Rao; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for more details, call Temple President Renga Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866, or temple representatives (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit


OCT. 3: EXPERIENCE ASIA FESTIVAL 2009; India Association of Tallahassee ( as one of the charter members of Asian Coalition of Tallahassee ( will participate; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; at Lewis and Bloxham parks in downtown Tallahassee; IATLH will have a booth and participate in the entertainment program; For details, call Thayumana Somasundaram at (850) 339-2699.

NOV. 14: CULTURAL GLIMPSES OF INDIA 2009; presented India Association of Tallahassee; 4 to 7 p.m.; Chiles High School Auditorium, Tallahassee; Cultural Glimpses is an entertainment extravaganza, consisting of dances, songs and skits by the members of India Association and their families; Indian snacks and drinks will be available for purchase during the intermission; for details, go to or


OCT. 2-3: MAHATMA GANDHI BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS; Gandhi Memorial Society is celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary programs; University of North Florida, Jacksonville; on International Nonviolence Day, Oct. 2, a peace walk, garlanding of statue, keynote speech by Professor Henry Thomas, violin recital and singing of Gandhiji's favorite songs and a cultural program is planned; award distribution for the Second Gandhi Essay Competition; activities begin at 5 p.m. near Fine Arts Center; "Be the Change," National Day of Service, a volunteering activity is planned on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; starts at Gandhi Statue at UNF; program will start with a keynote speech by Tom Serwatka, vice president of UNF on the theme of "Giving in Action;" for information, e-mail Rajiv Gupta at


OCT. 7: "IGNITE YOUR BUSINESS: THE ONE-TWO PUNCH OF SALES & SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING IN A RECESSION;" presented by TiE Florida; The Westin Fort Lauderdale, 400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $20 members/$35 non-members; to register, visit; for details, call Erin Carpenter at (407) 286-1921 or e-mail

OCT. 24: "GITA IN ACTION" WORKSHOP SERIES; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; "Senate Chambers" (Student Union), Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; (parking lot 16); conducted by Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya; lunch and refreshments will be served; pre-registration is needed; to register, visit


STARTING OCT. 1: TARANA MUSIC; offers vocal and harmonium lessons for all ages; group and private classes are given by Sharmistha Banerjee; Compton Park Clubhouse, Tampa; classes also offered in Oldsmar/Palm Harbor area; for information, call (727) 481-5856 or visit

YOGA AND MEDITATION: The Hindu Temple of Florida Vidyalaya presents Yoga and Meditation Classes 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting April 6. Conducted by Shri Sree Reddy, the classes will be held in the temple hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. Minimal fee of $20 per month for the Raja Yoga and Jyothi Meditation classes will be charged. For information, call Nainan Desai at (813) 931-7442, Indira Sastry at (813) 854-1444, Suman Lingappa at (813) 994-2915 or Gayathri Chandra 813-814-2966.

VEDAS: Veda class is being conducted by B. Ganesan (Ganesh) at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; an engineer by profession, Ganesan works in Abu Dhabi, teaching Veda mantras for the last 17 years; Sri Rudhram, Chamaham, Sookthams, Upanishads are being taught for Vedic chanting during this free class; for information, call Ganesan at (813) 732-5935.

VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (; classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail:; Web site:

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 10am to noon in Tampa; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; for more information on location and fees visit or call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (; classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail or

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on


JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail


CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, e-mail



HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

VISHNU MANDIR: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551.

SANATAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482.

SHRI SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on

BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY AREA MOSQUE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007.

GURDWARA: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on

SHRI SHIVDHAM HINDU TEMPLE AND BRAHMRISHI YOGASHRAM: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.


SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.


ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.


SHIRDI SAI CENTER: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail


HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on


SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.

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