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singer Jolly Mukherjee along with locals Meena Jain and Geeta Rohatgi; presented by Vishnu Mandir; 7 p.m. to midnight; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $25, $50, $75; for information, call Dr. Sadhana Shah at (727) 798-4258 or Mado Jaimangal at (727) 946-8144.

OCT. 2: "BE THE CHANGE Ð LEADING A MOVEMENT": organized by SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading together - www.saalt.org) with help from PEHCHAAN of Tampabay; community service event; volunteers can pick one of five events/places: Feeding America Tampabay, Al Lopez Park, Copeland Park, Lowry Park and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital; for more details, e-mail regional coordinator Vijay Garimella at vkgarimella@gmail.com or Pehchaan board member Vandan Kamath at vkamath1@gmail.com

OCT. 2: GANESH CHATURTHI: presented by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); Hindu Temple, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; starts at 4 p.m.; for information, call Pallavi Pitate at (813) 210-3045, Atul Taiwade at (813) 767-4264, e-mail mmtb_moderator@yahoo.com or visit www.maaybolitampabay.org

OCT. 3: MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER: organized by OMS of Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay - 60 + Gujarati Samaj Seniors Club; 4 to 7 p.m.; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; for information, call Himatbhai Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

OCT. 4: "KRISHAN VS KANHAIYA": presented by Parimal Butala of Kotyark LLC; starring legendary film actor Paresh Rawal along with his team; 7 p.m.; Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa; tickets are $35, $40, $50, $75 and VIP; for more information, call Butala at (813) 892-8197.

OCT. 8-16: SPIRITUAL DISCOURSES; presented by Shri Akhil Ji Maharaj in Hindi on Shri Ram Katha; Manav Dharam Ashram, 7520 Caron Road, Tampa; 6 to 9 p.m. from Oct. 8-15 and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 16; for more information, call Satish Sharma at (813) 877-2192 or Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505 or visit www.akhilbhaktiyoga.org

OCT. 9: "RANG: COLORS OF DANCE;" presented by Srishti Dance Academy to benefit Asraah (www.ashraah.org); 6 p.m.; Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa; for more information, call Swapna at (813) 404-1862 or visit www.srishtiacademy.com

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; free, lunch served; no minimum age; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

OCT. 29: "BROKEN IMAGES;" English play starring Shabana Azmi; written by Girish Karnad and directed by Alyque Padamsee; presented by Thaiya Thaiya LLC: a musical entertainment for all ages and occasions; $25, $50, $75, $100, VIP; 8 p.m.; Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; for more information, call Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298, Kaushik Joshi at (813) 298-5037 and Parimal Butala at (813) 892-8197.

OCT. 30: 23rd ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; 1 to 10 p.m.; $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 years and younger; for information, call festival Chairman Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

ONGOING THROUGH NOV. 6: "BHUPENDRA KARIA AND DERRY MOORE: STILLNESS AND SHADOWS/VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS OF INDIA" EXHIBIT; presented by the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMOPA); also on view is an exhibition of personal snapshots from area families, "Personal Memories of India from Tampa Bay's Indian Community; FMOPA, 200 N. Tampa St. (corner of Jackson Street and Ashley Drive); open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; admission is a suggested $4 donation; for information, call (813) 221-2222 or visit www.FMoPA.org

NOV. 20: PEHCHAAN FUNDRAISER; "Ron," English play by Sudipta Bhawmik of New Jersey; also, "Shadow Dance," debut of new dance form by Gopa Rautray of Tampa; save the date as more details to come; for information, e-mail pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com

OCT. 2: "AN EVENING OF BHAJANS, GEETS & GHAZALS;" presented by Shri Jalaram Mandir; performing are Amit Inderdeo, Tony Ramasar and Sudhir Narain of Agra; $10; 7 p.m.; Shri Jalaram Mandir, 600 Hull Island, Oakland; for more information, call Krishna Sharma at (352) 870-5300.

OCT. 2-4: "BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: THE 16TH ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL;" films to be shown include "Peepli Live," "Road, Movie," "Bhutto" and "Machan;" $10 individual tickets or a $35 series pass is available; presented by Enzian and Asian Cultural Association; Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; for more information, call ACA at (407) 333-3667 or visit www.enzian.org

OCT. 3: FIRST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; organized by Central Florida's Indian American Chamber of Commerce; Grand Cypress Golf Course; registration begins at 11 a.m.; open to members and non-members and sponsorship packages are available; for more information, call Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050, Bennet Sebastian at (407) 617-1234, e-mail laurie@deshpandeinc.com or visit www.iaccorlando.com

OCT. 3: CELEBRATE GANDHI DAY IN A HEALTHY WAY; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; health tips by Dr. Gopal Basisht (DVD presentation); HSCF Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 to 5 p.m.; tea/coffee party; $3 per person or $5 for couple; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

OCT. 3: JUGALBANDI FUNDRAISER CONCERT: Pandit Nandkishore Muley on santoor and Sri Ramakrishnan Srinivasan on violin will play a Jugalbandi and singer Dr. Vasundhara Iyengar; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; Bahia Shrine Auditorium, 2300 Pembrooke Drive, Orlando; $50 per person; for information, call the temple office at (407) 699-5277, Ganesh Ramachandran at (407) 970-5253 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

OCT. 16; "CULTURAL EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT;" presented by the Vedic Cultural Samaj of Central Florida; Minneola City Hall, 800 N. Highway 27, Minneola; 6:30 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at door; for more information, call (407) 401-2329.

OCT. 23: GRAND DIWALI MELA; presented by Indian Horizon of Florida; Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point, Ocoee; 5:30 to 10 p.m.; free; for more information, call (407) 373-3531.

OCT. 30: 13TH ANNUAL DIWALI MELA; Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola (downtown Orlando); presented by the Association of Asian Cultural Festivals Inc.; 4 to 9 p.m.; free; folk and classical dances, light music, songs and bhajans by Central Florida groups; for details, call Lalman Persaud at (407) 532-1980.

OCT. 16: SECOND JAX INDIA FEST 2010; presented by the Hindu Society of North East Florida; Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville; 3 to 11 p.m.; free admission; Indian food, clothing, jewelry, handicrafts on sale; for more information, e-mail president@JaxIndiaFest.org or visit www.jaxindiafest.org

OCT. 1: MONTHLY BHAJAN; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; sponsor needed; for details, call (239) 482-0677, (239) 274-5584 or (239) 466-5236, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com

OCT. 3: MAHATMA GANDHI JAYANTI; organized by India Cultural & Education Center in its Main Hall at 1115 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville; student group (SPICMACAY - Society for the Preservation of Indian Classical Music Among Youth) will presenting Gandhiji's favorite songs;Êpanel discussion on "Are Gandhiji's philosophy and Methods relevant today?"; for more information, call ICEC President Dr. Lalita Ganesh at (352) 377-2844, e-mail lalitha_ganesh@hotmail.com or visit www.icec-florida.org

OCT. 9: EXPERIENCE ASIA FESTIVAL 2010; India Association of Tallahassee (www.iatlh.org) as one of the charter members of Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (www.asiantlh.org) will participate; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lewis & Bloxham parks in downtown Tallahassee; IATLH will have a booth and participate in the entertainment program; for more details call Thayumana Somasundaram at (850) 339-2699 or e-mail president.iatlh@gmail.com

OCT. 24: SIT-DOWN-AND-DRAW-CONTEST; contest is for member kids of the India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH); Leon County (Main) Public Library Meeting Room, Tallahassee; between 1 and 3 p.m.; IATLH will provide the paper needed to draw but kids should bring their own drawing materials; for more information, e-mail vicepresident.iatlh@gmail.com or visit www.iatlh.org

OCT. 2: MEDICAL EXHIBITION & MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA; presented by the Indian Physicians of South Florida; 6 p.m. to midnight; India House Banquet Hall, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; $10 for residents, fellows and medical students; $35 for guests; for information, call Dr. Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674, Dr. Neelam Seth at (954) 790-2232 or visit www.ipof.org

OCT. 30: "GITA IN ACTION" WORKSHOP SERIES, CHAPTER 16; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; venue in south Miami to be determined; for details, visit www.cmmiami.org

OCT. 31: SUNDAY MORNING RAMAYAN WORKSHOP; 9 a.m. to noon; discourse on "The Return of Shree Raam from 14 Years of Exile as Relates to Diwali," by Pandit Bimal Maharaj; Shiva Mandir, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; for details and more information, call (954) 735-3560, e-mail fhoshivamandir@gmail.com visit www.fhosm.com

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