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SEPT. 5-11: ISHA YOGA – INNER ENGINEERING PROGRAM – A SEVEN-DAY PROGRAM LED BY ISHA YOGA TEACHER, 7 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; $260; Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; for information, call 866-424-ISHA (4742) or (941) 751-1509 or email or click on

SEPT. 6: “MEENAKSHI,” Bharat Natyam solo by Navtej Johar of New Delhi; 7 to 8 p.m.; $12, students with ID pay $6; Friday Morning Musicale, 809 W. Horatio St., Tampa; sponsored by the Florida Institute for Integrated Yoga Studies and TreeHouse Yoga Center; for information, call (813) 932-5456 or click on

SEPT. 8: SNEHAM’S TALENT DAY AND CARNIVAL; 3 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road; food stalls, jewelry and dress booths, tattoo, face painting and mahendi booths; free; participants can register for competition; for information, call Edna Thabaraj at (813) 468-9099, Sangeetha at (813) 731-6451 or e-mail

SEPT. 9: MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER AND BHAJAN SANDHYA AND ABOUT YOUR HEALTH; organized by 60+ Gujarati Samaj Seniors Club (Olderly Mighty Seniors of Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay); free; Grandparents Day; 3 p.m.; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave.; for more information, call the mandir at (813) 221-4482 or Himmatbhai Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

SEPT. 9: “EFFECTS OF STRESS ON HEALTH,” presented by Pehchaan; Keynote speaker Dr. Radhakrishna Rao will speak on "Sleep and Stress," panelists Nirmala Apte and Swapna Mukherjee will address "Mind and Stress;” 2 to 4 p.m.; New Tampa Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa; for information, call Sushama Kirtikar at (813) 810-2470 or e-mail

SEPT. 16: FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (F.A.P.I.) INAUGURAL CONCERT; world-renowned sitar player Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee to perform; 5 p.m.; India Cultural Center Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; admission is $50, boxed dinner to follow; for information, call Narayan Rattehalli at (727) 861-2822 or e-mail

SEPT. 18: IMAGINE GOLF TOURNAMENT, proceeds will benefit the Patel Foundation for Global Understanding’s IMAGINE Education is for Everyone program; organized by entrepreneurs Dr. Kiran C. Patel and Ajay Jambhekar; 1 p.m. shotgun start with dinner and prizes to follow that evening; River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico; for information, call the Patel Foundation at (813) 471-4380 or Ajay Jambhekar of AJ’s Fine Wine & Liquors at (813) 654-6488.

SEPT. 19: 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.

SEPT. 23: GANESHOTSAV AND COMEDY MARATHI PLAY “MANOMANI”; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hindu Temple of Florida Hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, write to or join MMTB mailing list at


SEPT. 4: JANMASHTAMI POOJA; 7 p.m. to midnight; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Srinivas Jargula at (321) 262-6197 or click on

SEPT. 9: HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (HSCF) NEW AGE SENIORS’ GROUP GET-TOGETHER, everyone 50 years (or even nearing 50) is invited; Grandparents Day; children and grandchildren will entertain grandparents; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920, Jayant Pandya at (407) 366-1603, Shobana Daniel at (407) 657-3811 or e-mail

SEPT. 15: GANESH CHATURTHI; 8 a.m. to noon; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Srinivas Jargula at (321) 262-6197 or click on

SEPT. 29-OCT. 1: “BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: THE 13TH ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL,” organized by the Asian Cultural Association (ACA) and Enzian Theater; for film information and tickets, call Asian Cultural Association ( at (407) 333-3667 or Enzian ( Theater box-office at (407) 629-1088. (also check out our story on page 1.)

SEPT. 29: HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (HSCF) NEW AGE SENIORS’ GROUP GET-TOGETHER, everyone 50 years (or even nearing 50) is invited; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; fun games for all seniors; free event; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or e-mail


SEPT. 22: “NATYA ANJALI;” India Association of Tallahassee is hosting the Kalivani Dance and Music Academy from the Atlanta area; the group is famous for innovative styles and contemporary presentations without crossing the boundaries of classical dance; Moore Auditorium, Ogelsby Union Complex, FSU Campus, Palmetto Drive; donation of $25 or more per family is requested; for information, call Srinivas Kishore at (850) 321-4705 or check out

SEPT. 29: EXPERIENCE ASIA 2007; organized by the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee; annual Asian festival at Bloxham-Lewis Parks across the downtown market will feature music, dance, arts and crafts and food; India Association of Tallahassee entertainment will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; for information, call Manju Kundra (850) 212-7755 (, Srinivas Kishore at (850) 321-4705 or Clyde at or click on or


SEPT. 30: GANDHI JAYANTI: A MULTI-FAITH TRIBUTE TO MAHATMA GANDHI; concert by sitar player Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan; 5 to 7 p.m.; India Cultural and Education Center, 1115 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville; student tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate; non-students tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate; to purchase tickets, be a sponsor or for information, call Bhavna Bhardwaj at (352) 376-9710, Shanthi Punja at (352) 395-6317, Chetna Mehta at (352) 373-1230, Ramakant Srivastava at (352) 466-3668.

OCT. 7: BHARAT NATYAM DANCE CONCERT, by Padma Shree Shobana; 5:30 p.m., Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road, Gainesville; regular tickets are $33 to $53, $203 donation tickets; students are $13; organized by Asha for Education, University of Florida chapter; tickets are available online at or e-mail


OCT. 2: GANDHI JAYANTI; organized by Gandhi Memorial Society and University of North Florida; free event starts at 5:45 p.m.; for more information, call Ramesh Vashi at (904) 519 7907, Rajiv Gupta at (904) 745-3765, Daxesh Patel at (904) 221-0123, Prakash Joshi at (904) 728-0520, Rajshekhar at (904) 642-6237, Ashok Bazaz at (904) 642-6139 or click on

OCT. 5: “AN INSIGHT INTO VALLABHBHAI PATEL,” lecture by Padma Shree Dr. Ravindra Kumar, former vice chancellor of CCS University, Meerut; 7:15 p.m.; Hindu Society of North East Florida, Multipurpose Hall, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for more information, call Ramesh Vashi at (904) 519-7907, Rajiv Gupta at (904) 745-3765 or Ashok Bazaz at (904) 642-6139.


SEPT. 15: GANESH CHATURTHI, organized by the planned Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; Unitarian Universalist Church, 13411 Shire Lane), Fort Myers; for information, call temple Secretary Janavi Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866 or click on

OCT. 6: FUNDRAISING DINNER, organized by the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida to raising money for temple building; Temple Beth El facility, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers; for information, call temple Secretary Janavi Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866 or click on


SEPT. 12-14: INDIA DAYS; organized by India-US Chamber of Commerce Inc. Florida; includes sarod concert by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at Broward Center on Sept. 14; Business Seminar – India, the other Mega Market on Sept. 12; workshop about educational opportunities for U.S. students and academics in India on Sept. 13; Indian haute cuisine dinner at the new restaurant ISHQ on Sept. 13; for timings, venues and all other information, call (305) 931-8257, e-mail or check out (also check out our story on page 1.)

SEPT. 14: SULTANS OF STRING, sarod concert by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with sons Amaan and Ayaan; 7:30 p.m.; Broward Center for Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets are $45 up to $80; for information, call the Broward Center at (954) 462-0222 or click on

SEPT. 16: MOHANLAL SHOW 2007, an evening of entertainment with Mohanlal – the two-time National Award-winning actor and team of well-known actors from Kerala; organized by Nava Kerala Arts Club; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2885 Coral Springs; for more information, call Joseph Augusthy at (954) 600-9595.

SEPT. 23: “SHIVANJALI” – A THEMATIC DANCE BY SANGEETHA SRIDHAR; 4 p.m.; Broward County Main Library Auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets are $ 10, children ages 5 to 12 are $5; all proceeds will be donated to ' Bharatamuni Foundation for Asian Culture ' founded by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam; for more information, call Krishna Sridhar at (954) 433-8544 or email or visit


“Vanaja” by Rajnesh Domalpalli will be shown in four Florida cities beginning Sept. 19-23 at Emerging Cinemas’ Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St. , Fort Lauderdale . For more information, call (954) 525-3456.

The film also opens Sept 21 through Sept. 23 at Emerging Cinemas’ Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave. , Lake Worth . For more information, call (561) 586-6410.

And the film opens Sept. 28 at Regal Miracle 5 Cinemas, 1815 Thomasville Road , Tallahassee . For more information, call (850) 224-2617.

It has been selected for the 13th annual South Asian Film Festival at Enzian Theater in Maitland, Central Florida area to be shown Sept. 30. Call (407) 333-3667.

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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 3 to 4:30 pm. at Hindu Temple of Florida; Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; fees are $75 per year; additional $50 per year for each sibling; for more information on BalVihar, 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.

SHIV MANDIR: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; officiating priests are Pandit Balraj Maharaj and Ram Maharaj; 2001 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 907-6311.

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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