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THROUGH SEPT. 3: YOGA ASANAS AND MEDITATION CAMP; presented by Yogiraj Dr. Om Prakash Maharaj; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday; for information, call Aruna Mehta at (813) 786-1756 or Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149.

SEPT. 7: MEGA MULTILINGUAL CONCERT; Padma Bhushan SP Balasubrahmanyam and Padmasree K.S. Chitra to perform; presented by Malayalee Association of Central Florida; Straz Center, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $60; for information, call Kishore Peter at (352) 584-2524 or visit

SEPT. 8: IAFPE CHAPTER INAUGURATION; Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) to hold its 30th annual convention and Florida chapter inauguration; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 to 7 p.m. social hour, remarks by chief guest U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis at 7 and dinner/entertainment at 8; event co-chairs are Dr. Rao Emandi and Satya Shaw; for information, call Shaw at (813) 842-0345 or e-mail

SEPT. 9: WORKSHOP; “Food and Mood – You are What You Eat”; presented by Pehchaan (; speaker is Brinda Sachdev, practicing nutritionist; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road , Tampa; 2 to 4 p.m.; free; for information, call Vandana Shelkar at (813) 943-5288, Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563 or e-mail

SEPT. 14: TAARE ZAMEEN PAR: THE REAL HEROES! Hindi musical extravaganza presented by disabled artists; organized by Kotayark LLC; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Parimal Butala at (813) 892-8197.

SEPT. 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) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

SEPT. 19: INDO-US CHAMBER MONTHLY BUSINESS & NETWORKING MEETING; speaker is Dr. Srikumar Rao; topic will be “Creative and Personal Mastery”; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; HCI Corporate Office Headquarters, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; free; dinner will be served; for information, visit

SEPT. 27: TAMPA BAY TiE CHAPTER LAUNCH; local chapter started for The Indus Entrepreneur; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; networking mixer followed by TiE mission for Tampa and keynote address by Ashok Rao; free for charter members; cost for TiE members is $35, which includes drinks, dinner and parking; non-members pay $45, which includes drinks, dinner and parking; to become a charter member or a general member, contact Kunal Jain at, call (727) 460-0419 or sign up at

SEPT. 29: HONORING DR. ABDUL KALAM; sponsored by Hindu Temple of Florida and India Cultural Center (ICC); 6 p.m.; ICC, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $50 per person or $100 (VIP); for information, e-mail event host Dr. Renuka Ramappa at

SEPT. 30: GANESHOTSAV; organized by Maayboli Melawa (Marathi Mandal) of Tampa Bay; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, call (813) 438-6229 or visit 

OCT. 5: 11TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; Cheval Golf & Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz; 1 p.m. shotgun start; for information, call Kamlesh Darji at (813) 841-9216 or visit

OCT. 5-29: ‘STUDENT-TEACHER SHOW;’ presented by Shyama’s Art; opening reception ceremony will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5; Corridor Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; for more information, call Shyama’s Art at (813) 843-6784.

OCT. 7: FIA INDIA NIGHT 2012; presented by FIA of Tampa Bay and Center for India Studies, USF; USF Marshall Center, Oval Theater and Banquet Hall, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., MSC 4100, Tampa; 4:30 to 6 meet and greet; 6 to 7:30 p.m. will be a dance program of Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Bharat Natyam styles followed by dinner banquet; $75 event contribution and $100 sponsor; all proceeds will benefit needy families and student educational scholarship fund of FIA; for information, email Madhavi Sekharam at, call (813) 727-9440, (813)766-0135 or visit

25th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVALNOV. 2-3: 25th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; for information, call festival Chairman Pradip C. Patel at (813) 785-2736, Samaj President Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149 or visit

NOV. 17: AACSA CONVENTION; Asian American Convenience Stores Association to hold eighth annual convention; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. onward; to register free online, visit or call (813) 908-1602.

NOV. 25: CONTEST; preliminary round for BMM Sa Re Ga Ma; conducted by Maayboli Melawa (Marathi Mandal) of Tampa Bay; for time, venue and other details, call (813) 438-6229 or visit 


SEPT. 19: Ganesh Chaturthi; The Shri Swaminarayan Temple (ISSO), 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; for information, call (863) 687-4776, (863) 529-1146 or visit


SEPT. 9: GRANDPARENTS DAY; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; essay competition results to be announced; free entry to everyone; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; to RSVP, e-mail; for more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

SEPT. 15: TAARE ZAMEEN PAR: THE REAL HEROES! Hindi musical extravaganza presented by disabled artists; organized by Kotayark LLC; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 8 p.m.; $25, $35, $50; for information, call Parimal Butala at (813) 892-8197 or Daya Patel at (407) 234-2906.

SEPT. 16: HEALTH FAIR; organized by BAPS Charities; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 857-0091.

SEPT. 19-29: GANESH CHATURTHI; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Ganesh Ramachandran at (407) 970-5253 or visit

SEPT. 28: SHREYA GHOSHAL MUSIC CONCERT; Orange County Convention Center: Linda Chapin Theater, Orlando; presented by AAPI, AAPI Charitable Foundation, Florida Federation of Physicians of Indian Origin (CAPI, BIMDA, FAPI, TIPS, IAMA, PBIMA, IPOF); for premium tickets, contact Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733 or e-mail, Dr. Vraj Panara at (407) 252-7487 or e-mail, Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar at (407) 230-2232 or e-mail

SEPT. 30: 20TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC); 8 a.m. to noon.; for details, call Beena Parikh at (321) 217-8605 or Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit

SEPT. 30: DINNER WITH PRESIDENT DR. ABDUL KALAM; presented by The India Center at University of Central Florida; 5 p.m.; $75 per person; Hilton Orlando – Orange Ballroom, 6014 Destination Parkway; to RSVP, call (407) 556-5408 or e-mail

OCT. 5-7: BHAGAVAD GITA RETREAT; presented by Hindu Society of Central Florida; Swami Udit Chaithanyaji will give discourse “Awakening to New Consciousness” in English; free; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 7; mahaprasad will be served; for more information, call HSCF office at (407) 699-5277, Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733, Ganesh Ramachandran at (407) 970-5253, or visit


SEPT. 9 AND SEPT. 23: UTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 to 6 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.


SEPT. 19: GANESH CHATURTHI; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for time and other details, call the temple at (239) 225-7245, Rakesh Patel at (239) 634-6402, Rajan Patel at (239) 634-1412, or visit

SEPT. 22: TALENT NIGHT; presented by the Fort Myers India Association; for details, e-mail or visit


OCT. 2: Ragamala Dance – Sacred Earth; Bharat Natyam dance by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy; University of Florida, Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road, Gainesville; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $15 (UF students $10); for information, call (352) 392-2787 or visit


OCT. 11-13: KUCHIPUDI DANCE; part of the Ringling International Arts Festival; Shantala Shivalingappa ( will present the one-hour dance performance; 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; tickets are $25, $35 and $45; for information, call (941) 360-7399 or visit


OCT. 1: DINNER WITH PRESIDENT DR. ABDUL KALAM; hosted by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; University Arena (UNF), 4567 Saint Johns Bluff Road; $60 person for chamber members; non-members pay $100; for tickets and information, call chamber President Manjunath Charmani at (904) 382-1419 or visit


SEPT. 8: Fusion of Flamenco and Kathak; featuring Clarita Filgueiras and Prashant Shah with live music on guitar, sitar, sarangi and tabla; 7 p.m.; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets range from $20 to $55; for information, call (954) 462-0222 or visit

SEPT. 8: ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA AWARENESS & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE; organized by the Hindu American Foundation; HAF co-founder Mihir Meghani and Suhag Shukla will speak; India House Restaurant, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; noon to 3 p.m.; free; RSVP Shekar Reddy at (954) 895-1947 or or visit

GANESH CHATURTHISEPT. 19: GANESH CHATURTHI; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for details, call (954) 252-8802 or visit

NOV. 2: ANNUAL GALA; India US Chamber of Commerce South Florida; Aqualina Resort and Spa, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; for information, call (305) 931-8257, e-mail or visit

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