OCTOBER 2011
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

Events

SIGNIFICANT DATES

OCT. 6: DUSSERA
OCT. 24: DIWALI BEGINS

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

OCT. 1: CLASSICAL VOCAL MUSIC CONCERT; presented by Swaradhana and USF Center for India Studies; Pandit Raghunandan Panshikar live in concert; Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium, University of South Florida, Tampa; 6 to 9 p.m.; Panshikar, a senior disciple of legendary vocalist Kishori Amonkar, will be accompanied by Bharat Kamat on tabla, Niranjan Lele on harmonium; for more information, e-mail info@swaradhana.org

OCT. 1: SECOND ANNUAL BE THE CHANGE – RISE UP IN SERVICE; organized by PEHCHAAN/SAALT; last year, 103 volunteers donated four hours of their time across six service sites; to register or for more information, e-mail Vijay Kumar Garimella at vkgarimella@gmail.com

OCT. 5: INDIAN SENIORS DAY; organized by Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on the agenda is a free seminar, freshly cooked lunch and entertainment; there is no minimum age requirements; for more information, call Dr. Harish Patel at (727) 543-5599 or Hema Patel at 727- 793-4510.

OCT. 7: DEEPAK CHOPRA ON “HEALING, TRANSFORMATION & HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS”; Straz Center (Morsani Hall), 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa; 7:30 p.m.; for tickets and more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org

OCT. 7: 10TH ANNUAL GOLF INVITATIONAL; 1:30 p.m. shotgun start; Emerald Greens Golf & Country Club, 13903 Clubhouse Drive, Tampa; for information, e-mail Suleman@Makhani.net or visit www.indo-us.org

OCT. 19: Monthly Business and Networking Event; organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; Bob Rohrlack, president and CEO of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce will speak on economic development; 6:30 p.m.; Wyndham Westshore (700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609); free; no RSVP required; for information, e-mail Suleman@Makhani.net or visit www.indo-us.org

OCT. 19: 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) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

OCT. 22: CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; presented by Swaralaya; Sangeetha Sivakumar, accompanied on violin by Akkarai Subhalakshmi and mridangam by Melaikaveri Balaji, will perform; 5 p.m.; USF College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 56th St., Tampa; non-members pay $25; members are $20; for information, call Sahasranaman at (727) 942-8150, Lata Kumar at (813) 948- 6316, Viji Ramananthan at (813) 926-9701, e-mail Swaralaya@gmail.com or visit www.Swaralaya.US

OCT. 29: MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA; Padmabhushan Dr. K.J. Yesudas and son Vijay Yesudas to perform first time in Tampa; presented by the Malayalee Association of Central Florida (MACF); Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; 6 p.m.; tickets range from $50 per person up to $250 for VIP family of four; for information, call Sheela Kutty at (727) 943-5774, Sunney Mattamana at (813) 334-1293 or visit www.macftampa.org

NOV. 4-5: SAMUHIKA KALYANOTSAVAM; organized by JET (Jeeyar Educational Trust) USA Tampa; at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Prajna students will perform followed by a discourse by Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji; at 10 a.m. Saturday, Samuhika Sri Sita Rama Kalyanotsavam; to register, visit www.jetflorida.org

NOV. 5: ANNUAL BANQUET; benefits the Hindu Temple of Florida; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; for information, call (813) 962-6890.

NOV. 12: 24th India Festival; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; starts at noon; for information, call festival Chairman Dinesh Gandhi at (727) 858-4123, e-mail dineshgandhi5@hotmail.com or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

NOV. 19: SEVENTH ANNUAL AACSA CONVENTION; the Asian American Convenience Stores Association represents more than 50,000 Indian stores and small business owners; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; daylong program; for information, call (813) 842-0345, e-mail aacsai@aol.com or visit www.aacsa.org

ORLANDO/OAKLAND/OCOEE

OCT. 1-2: “BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: THE 17TH ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL;” presented by Asian Cultural Association and Enzian Theatre; films include “The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical,” “The Music Room,” “Marathon Boy” and “A Decent Arrangement;” Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $35 series pass or individual tickets $10; for information, call (407) 333-3667 or visit www.enzian.org to purchase tickets.

THROUGH OCT. 2: MUSICAL MEDITATION AND YOGIC THERAPY CAMP; conducted by H. H. Yogiraj Dr. Omprakash Ji Maharaj, renowned yogi, rekhi and naturopathy guru; Shree Jalaram Mandir, 600 Hull Island Drive, Oakland; 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; for information, call Jignesh Vyas at (407) 687-3150 or visit http://omyogsansthan.com/

OCT. 2: GANDHI DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AT HSCF; 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; in honor of Mahatma Gandhi; children and families are welcome to participate in several clean-up projects ranging from gardening to cleaning the Hindu Society of Central Florida temple and community hall; Seminole county school students can earn service hours; for information or to sign up, call Srinivas Jaragula at (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

GANDHI DAY CELEBRATIONS

OCT. 2: GANDHI DAY CELEBRATIONS; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; seminar on problems of aging and solutions presented by Dr. Yash Sachdev; also, chess, carom and playing cards will be played; snacks, tea/coffee to be served; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

OCT. 12: “DOING BUSINESS IN INDIA SEMINAR;” Sheraton Orlando Downtown, 400 W. Livingston St., Orlando; $10 per person registration starts at 8 a.m. with seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; for information, call Rachel Shipley at (407) 889-8245 or e-mail tradingwise@cfl.rr.com

OCT 15: SastriYa Natya Sumanjali; classical dance festival at Hindu Society of Central Florida temple's community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 4 p.m.; event organized by Telugu Association of Greater Orlando; for more information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit http://www.orlandotelugu.org

OCT. 15: CRICKET MELA T20 DAY/NIGHT TOURNAMENT; starts from 11 a.m.; McCracken Field next to the Citrus Bowl, Orlando (287 S. Tampa Ave.) ; free; teams are Caribbean vs. Guyana and India vs. Pakistan; activities include food, clothes, jewelry booths as well as activities for kids; for information, call Amir at (321) 947-8488, Khalid at (407) 729-7931 or visit www.florida-cricket.com

OCT. 22: 5K WALK/RUN; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida along with other community associations; to support homeless children in Seminole/Orange county public schools; for information, call Srinivas Jarugula at (407) 267-7595.

NOV. 5: MUSIC FOR THE MIND & SPIRIT; 7:15 p.m.; performers are internationally renowned Pandit Nandkishor Muley and Rupinder Kaur; for venue and ticket information, call (321) 960-5497 or (407) 260-0567 (or 1800.DIL-LAGI, i.e., 1-800-345-5244).

NOV. 19: SECOND ANNUAL IACC GALA AND AWARDS BANQUET; organized by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; 7 p.m.; IACC is accepting nominations for various awards; for details and more information information, visit www.iaccorlando.com

DEC. 3: TALENT SHOW & GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Linda W. Chapin Auditorium, Orange County Convention Center Hall C, International Drive, Orlando; starts at 4 p.m.; free; deadline for items is Nov. 1; for information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517, Neil Kapadia at (407) 832-3835 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

OCALA

OCT. 2: SATSANG AT YOUR HAVELI; starts at 3 p.m. with children’s lessons followed by Satsang; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

GAINESVILLE

OCT. 2: GANDHI JAYANTI; organized by India Cultural and Education Center (ICEC); 3 to 5 p.m.; musical program will be followed by discussion of Gandhiji’s philosophy in today’s world; ICEC, 1115 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville, for information, call Dr. Bhavani Sankar at (352) 374-4382, e-mail bvsankar@gmail.com or visit www.icec-florida.org

JACKSONVILLE

NOV. 6: “BUDDHA: UNIVERSAL AMBASSADOR OF PEACE;” English musical play presented by Rasajhari and Motherscry Inc.; performance by Kalaivani Dance & Music Academy, Georgia; Robinson Theater, University of North Florida, Jacksonville; 3 to 5 p.m.; $20 per person; for information, call Dr. Uma Eyyunni at (904) 810-7626, Srinivas Kishore at (850) 321-4705 or e-mail Buddha.musical@gmail.com

FORT MYERS

OCT. 2: CLASSICAL VOCAL MUSIC CONCERT; Pandit Raghunandan Panshikar live in concert; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information, call Mallika Nandur at (239) 482-0677, Anjana Bhatt at (239) 274-5584, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

OCT. 7: MONTHLY BHAJAN; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information, call Mallika Nandur at (239) 482-0677, Anjana Bhatt at (239) 274-5584, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

TALLAHASSEE

OCT. 8: SEVENTH ANNUAL EXPERIENCE ASIA 2011 FESTIVAL; organized by The Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT); Bloxham-Lewis Parks in downtown Tallahassee; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for information, e-mail somabhanu@gmail.com or visit www.asiantlh.org

NOV. 5: 14TH ANNUAL CULTURAL GLIMPSES OF INDIA; organized by India Association of Tallahassee; Lawton Chiles High School Auditorium, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane, Tallahassee; 4:30 to 8 p.m.; group dances, songs and popular items; for more information e-mail president.iatlh@gmail.com or visit www.iatlh.org

SOUTH FLORIDA

OCT. 9: FESTIVAL OF INDIA; organized by the Association of Indians in America, South Florida chapter; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; arts and crafts, henna artist, Indian clothes and cuisine, cooking demonstration, cultural show; for more information, call Uma Eniasivam at (954) 341-9346, Naveen Mehan at (954) 294-8610, Maya Kirpalani at (954) 241-1746 or visit www.aiaflorida.org

OCT. 28: ANNUAL GALA; presented by the India-US Chamber of Commerce, South Florida; 6:30 p.m. reception and dinner at 7:30 p.m.; The InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; guest of honor is Manjeev Singh Puri, ambassador/deputy permanent representative of India to the United States; dinner, entertainment and dancing, live and silent auction, raffle; $100 for members, $125 for non-members; for information, e-mail indousa@bellsouth.net or visit www.indousasfl.com

DEC. 10: ANNUAL BANQUET & MEDICAL EXHIBITION; organized by the Indian Physicians of South Florida (IPOF); free to all current active IPOF members; guests pay $35; 6 p.m. till midnight; India House Banquet Hall, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; for information, call Dr. Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674, Dr. Meenu Gupta at (954) 560-9846, e-mail ipofus@yahoo.com or visit www.ipof.org

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