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SEPT. 4: CARNATIC GROUP SINGING WORKSHOP; taught by senior Carnatic musician Daruri Seshachari; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tampa; $25 per workshop; for information, e-mail

SEPT. 7: 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.

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SEPT. 9: “VIVEKANAND”; mono-act musical Hindi play written, composed, produced and sung by Shekhar Sen; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 8 p.m.; $15, $25; Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, Federation of Physicians of Indian Origin, Punjabi Association and USF students pay $10; for information, call Dr. Mahesh Amin at (727) 460-2318 or Hitesh Adhia at (813) 784-1132.

SEPT. 10: MILAN GROUP ART AND CULTURAL PROGRAM; hosted by Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation; India Cultural Center (ICC), 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; art program from 5:30 to 7 p.m., cultural dance program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free; to participate in one or more of the non-competition events, call Mrudula Patel at (813) 317-3475 or e-mail

SEPT. 10: GANESH CHATURTHI; “Aali Thumkat,” a unique lavni dance theatrical show conceived, choreographed and directed by Manasi Karandikar from New Jersey; local actors will perform along with artists from New Jersey; presented by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4:30 registration; for information, call (813) 597-3604, e-mail or or visit

SEPT. 17: INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL; Bayanihan Arts & Outdoor Event Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; enter the grand curry cook-off to win $5,000 first prize for professionals and $2,500 for amateurs; for more information, call Sadhana Ramcharran at (727) 798-4258, Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or visit

SEPT. 17: “CREATING COMPASSION & SPARKING HOPE;” mental health symposium, hosted by PEHCHAAN (Providing Educational, Humanistic & Cultural Hope for the south Asian American Network); USF Concert Hall, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; 10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.; for more information, call Sushama Kirtikar at (813) 810-2470, Nandini Bandyopadhyay at (813) 220-5794, e-mail or visit

SEPT. 17: HEARTBEAT ENSEMBLE; presented by Swaralaya; 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 or visit www.Swaralaya.US

SEPT. 17: 2011 TAMPA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL; Florida State Faigrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; noon to 10 p.m.; $10; for information, call (347) 866-0397 or (904) 229-2715 or visit

SEPT. 20-21: BUS TRIP TO ST. AUGUSTINE FOR ICC SENIORS; organized by India Cultural Center; buses will leave at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (details being worked out) and return Wednesday afternoon; registration is required for the trip; for more details and to register, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

SEPT. 21: Monthly Business and Networking Event; organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Asian American Chambers of Commerce (AACC); 6:30 p.m.; MainSail Conference Center, 5108 Eisenhower Blvd., Tampa; free; no RSVP required; for information, e-mail or visit

Dr. Omprakash Ji Maharaj

SEPT. 24-27: MUSICAL MEDITATION AND YOGIC THERAPY CAMP; conducted by H. H. Yogiraj Dr. Omprakash Ji Maharaj, renowned yogi, rekhi and naturopathy guru; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Hindu Temple, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at India Cultural Center (ICC), 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26-27 at ICC; for information, call Aruna Mehta at (813) 786-1756 or visit

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

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

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 or visit

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 or visit www.Swaralaya.US

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 or visit



SEPT. 1-11: GANESH CHATURTHI CELEBRATIONS; Hindu Society of Central Florida temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; start at 9 a.m. Sept. 1 and end with Visarjan at 6 p.m. Sept. 11; in association with Marathi Mandal, Orlando; for information, visit or call (407) 699-5277.

SEPT. 10: CARNATIC VOCAL MUSIC CONCERT; senior Carnatic musician Daruri Seshachari of Hyderabad Brothers to perform; free; 4:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 421-8920 or e-mail, (407) 267-7595 or e-mail

SEPT. 16-18: EKAL VIDYALAYA NATIONAL CONFERENCE; Park Square Homes, 5200 Vineland Road, Orlando; open house for anyone who would like more information, talk with representatives and see the exhibits; people are welcome to stop by from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; for more information, visit

SEPT. 17: “AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT”; presented by Shri Surya Narayan Mandir; 7 p.m.; Jenkins Auditorium, 691 Montrose St., Clermont; features musical drama “Savitri and Satyavan”; $10 donation; for information, call Pandit Vishnu Hardowar at (352) 557-4900 or Sandra Ramdass at (352) 409-4262 or visit

SEPT. 18: GRANDPARENTS’ DAY; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; three generations (grandchildren and parents) invited; essay competition for elementary, middle and high school students; for details about the essay competition, e-mail or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

SEPT. 18: SIXTH MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; Hilton Orlando Hotel, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando; noon to 5 p.m.; expo features wedding decorators, clothing and jewelry boutiques, photographers, venues and florists; free to attendees; couples can pre-register at; for more information, call (954) 784-8100, Ext. 200, or e-mail to

SEPT. 25: BAPS CHARITIES WALKATHON ORLANDO; Orlando City Hall downtown, 400 S. Orange Ave..; 8 a.m. registration; raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network and other charitable activities organized by BAPS Charities; for more information, visit

Sept. 25: SECOND ANNUAL IACC GOLF TOURNAMENT; 9 a.m.; MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; includes a 4-person scramble, box lunch and awards reception after the golf game; for more information, visit the Indian American Chamber of Commerce Web site at or call Bennet at (407) 617-1234.

SEPT. 30-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

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

NOV. 20: SEVENTH ANNUAL AACSA CONVENTION; the Asian American Convenience Stores Association represents more than 50,000 Indian stores and small business owners; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; daylong program; for information, call (813) 908-1602, (813) 842-0345, e-mail or visit


SEPT. 3: GANESH CHATURTHI CELEBRATIONS; daylong event starts at 8:15 a.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, call (352) 860-2181 or visit

SEPT. 9-11: Navagraha Prathisthapana & Yagnashala Consecration; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, call (352) 860-2181 or visit



SEPT. 22: “AN EVENING WITH HEARTBEAT ENSEMBLE”; presented by SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) and CHiTra (Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions); free; 7 p.m.; University of Florida-Music Building Auditorium (Newell Drive and Stadium Road), Gainesville; for information, visit or


SEPT. 2: 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 or visit


SEPT. 11: Chinmaya Bala Vihar CLASSES, STUDY GROUPS RESUME; various locations in South Florida; for more information, e-mail or visit

SEPT. 17: “PANCHANIDHI: THE ENIGMA OF FIVE”; educational and entertaining performance by Indian classical dancers of South Florida along with their senior students; organized by South Florida Hindu Temple; Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 5:30 p.m.; for tickets and information, call (954) 786-2626 or (954) 370-3340.

SEPT. 18: SEVENTH ANNUAL INDOPAK FEST 2011; Fort Lauderdale Beach, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; noon to 8 p.m.; Bollywood acts, singing, classical and chutney dances, bhangra teams, dhol players, fashion shows, arts and crafts, clothes, jewelry, henna, Indian and Pakistani cuisines; tickets are $7 in advance and sold at grocery stores; for more information, call (954) 649-3374.

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

NOV. 19: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS; presented by Indian Religious & Cultural Center (IRCC); noon to 10 p.m.; Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; music, dance, workshops, Indian food and jewelry, clothing; $3 entry fee; for information, call Sanjay Gupta at (954) 461-4003 or Rupal Shukla at (786) 457-5854 or visit

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