SEPTEMBER 2015
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

SEPT. 5: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI

SEPT. 17: GANESH CHATURTHI

SEPT. 18: PARYUSHAN (JAIN FESTIVAL) BEGINS

SEPT. 21: HAJJ BEGINS

EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG/BROOKSVILLE

SEPT. 7: SUNDARA KAANDAM: THE SIGNET OF HOPE; Ramayana dance ballet choreographed and directed by Guru Anitha Guha; AIM for Seva Benefit program; 4 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Kala Gangadharan at (732) 485-3410, Anu Durai at (727) 743-1648 or visit www.aimforsevausa.org

SEPT. 11: SANGEET SANDHYA ORGANIZED BY SANATAN MANDIR; singer Shailendra Bhartti to perform melodious songs; venue is Hindu Temple of Florida auditorium, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 p.m.; free; for information, call Pankaj Patel at (813) 789-3005 or Sanjay Sharma at (813) 598-4810.

SEPT. 12: GANESHOTSAV (GANPATI FESTIVAL); organized by Maayboli Melava Tampa Bay (MMTB), a not-for-profit organization for promoting Marathi culture; 3 to 9 p.m.; HCC Campus Auditorium-Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; free for current MMTB members; non-member fee is $20 per person; for information, visit www.mmtbusa.org or email contact_us@mmtbusa.org

SEPT. 16: 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: FOURTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL; Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg; noon to 10 p.m.; $10; for details, visit www.internationalcurryfestival.com

SEPT. 19-25: CRUISE; hosted by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Carnival cruise will visit Mexico and Western Caribbean; prices vary depending on cabin selection; non-GSTB members welcome; for details, call Manish Patel at (813) 270-9896 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

SEPT. 25: AKSHAYA PATRA USA 2015 TAMPA GALA; keynote speaker will be Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 p.m.; to register, call Piyali Dutta at (781) 438-3090, Ext. 4; also visit www.foodforeducation.org/tampa

SEPT. 26: BANYAN BALL 2015; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 7 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St.; agenda includes keynote speaker, business awards, entertainment; for tickets or information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit www.indo-us.org

SEPT. 26: GRAND VIOLIN DUET; siblings Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi to perform; 6 to 9 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida auditorium, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; $20; presented by Swaralaya of Tampa; for more information, call Anu Durai at (727) 743-1648 or email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

SEPT. 27: SHRUTI FOUNDATION INAUGURAL CONCERT; featuring sarod maestro Anupam Shobhakar; presented jointly by Shruti Foundation and St. Petersburg College Music Center; center is at 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; 5 to 7:30 p.m.; for tickets and other information, call (813) 549-9288 or (?813) 549-9252. ?

OCT. 3-4: MISS INDIA FLORIDA PAGEANT; also, Mrs. and Miss Teen contests; Talent Night on Oct. 3 at USF Oval Theater, followed by a celebrity dinner with Shatrughan Sinha, Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen and actor Somy Ali; on Oct. 4 is the pageant at USF Theater 1, 3839 USF Holly Drive; to register and purchase tickets to the show, visit www.missindiaflorida.us

OCT. 3: TIECON FLORIDA 2015 – A CELEBRATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP; The Westin Tampa Harbour Island, 725 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. followed by entertainment; register at www.tieconfl.com

OCT. 3-4; YOGA THERAPY Seminar; conducted by Dr. Dilip Sarkar, vascular surgeon and president of the Association of International Yoga Therapists; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; $90 early bird (till Sept. 15) registration; seminar includes instruction, course materials and lunch; on-site registration is $110; for information, call the temple at (813) 962-6890 or visit http://www.htfl.org/product/yoga-therapy-seminar/

NOV. 7: 28th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; tickets are $9 adults, $5 children; for vendor information, call Vijay Gandhi at (863) 287-7970; for details, e-mail chairman@indiafestivaltampa.com or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

NOV. 21: DIPAWALI CELEBRATION; organized by Rajasthani Association of Tampa Bay; for time, venue and other details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

LAKELAND

SEPT. 5: JANMASHTAMI MATKI; ISSO Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway; for information, call (863) 687-4776 or visit www.issofl.com

ALACHUA

SEPT. 5: SRI KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; organized by Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; all-day darshan from 8 a.m. to past midnight; arati, children’s costume contest, classical Indian dance and music performance, Radha Krishna abhisheka, maha arati; for details, call (352) 222-1440, e-mail alachuatemple@gmail.com or visit www.alachuatemple.com

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

SEPT. 5: SRI KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; organized by ISKCON (International Society For Krishna Consciousness) Orlando; ISKCON temple, 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; bhajans, arati, cultural program, Abhishek, midnight maha-arati; for information, call (407) 247-1967 or visit www.iskconorlando.com

SEPT. 10: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce and British American Chamber of Commerce; 6 p.m.; Greenspoon Marder Law, 201 E. Pine St., Suite 500, Orlando; RSVP to iacc.mymobisite.us/events

SEPT. 13: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP CELEBRATION OF GRANDPARENTS DAY; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; everyone invited; free pizza, salad, ice cream, drinks, cultural program and prizes for essay (deadline Sept. 6) and on-the-spot drawing competitions; for information, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

SEPT. 13: BAPS CHARITIES HEALTH FAIR; operated by BAPS Medical Services; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 857-0091.

SEPT. 17-27: GANESH UTSAV; organized by Orlando Marathi Mandal and Hindu Society of Central Florida; HSCF community hall, 1990 Lake Drive, Casselberry; on Sept. 27, festivities will begin from 3:30 p.m. and Visarjan will be from 7; for information, email orlandomarathi@yahoo.com or visit www.orlandomarathi.com

SEPT. 18: ARIJIT SINGH LIVE IN CONCERT; CFE Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando; 8:30 p.m.; tickets start at $39; for information, call Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345 or Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334.

SEPT. 20: GIRIJA DEVI DOCUMENTARY; noon to 2 p.m.; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orange Ave., Maitland; $10; for information, call Asian Cultural Association at (407) 333-3667 or visit www.aca-florida.org

SEPT. 20: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; noon to 5 p.m.; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; free admission, parking, food sampling; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

SEPT. 25: MUSIC MAGIC MAST MAST KALAIYAAN; Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh and Kanika Kapoor in concert; Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando; tickets start at $39 and are available at www.tickethungama.com; for information, call Sham Chhabria at (813) 786-3529.

SEPT. 26: SIXTH ANNUAL IACC GALA; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $125 per person until Sept. 25; for information, call (407) 391-5151, e-mail info@iaccorlando.com or visit www.iaccorlando.com

SEPT. 26: “YAKSHAGANA;” song, dance, drama from coastal India; presented by Orlando Kannada Sangha, Tulu Sangha and Srigandha (Tampa); with English subtitles; HSCF Community Center, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $10 per person or $20 for family; for information, call (321) 277-3724 or visit www.orlandokannadasangha.org

OCT. 3-5: “BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: 21st ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL”; presented by Enzian and Asian Cultural Association; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; films to be screened are “Dhanak,” “Among the Believers,” “Ek Hazarachi Note,” “Margarita With a Straw,” and “Meet the Patels”; $11 individual ticket per movie or $50 series pass; for details, visit www.enzian.org or call (407) 333-3667.

OCT. 4: MONTHLY MEET/SEMINAR; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; “Undue Influence – Seniors Beware” seminar conducted by attorney Rana Tiwari; snacks, tea/coffee; free for members with prior RSVP or $5 at the gate for all; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com 

INVERNESS

SEPT. 5: KRISHNA JANMASTHAMI; 6 p.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, visit www.shirdiusa.com or call (352) 860-2181.

SEPT. 19: GANESH CHATURTHI CELEBRATIONS; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, visit www.shirdiusa.com

FORT MYERS

THROUGH SEPT. 5: JANMASTHAMI CELEBRATIONS; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information, call (239) 225-0319 or email hindutempleswfl@gmail.com

SEPT. 12: Song of THE Jasmine; presented by Raaga; Bharat Natyam and jazz fusion concert; created by Aparna Ramaswamy, Ranee Ramaswamy and Rudresh Mahanthappa; 7:30 p.m.; Barbara B. Mann Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers; for information, e-mail ShirleyBharath@raagafl.org or visit www.raagafl.org

SEPT. 28-OCT. 2; CARNATIC VOCALIST VRINDA ACHARYA LECTURE SERIES, PERFORMANCE; presented by Raaga; for timing, venue and other details, call (239) 634-6668 or visit www.raagafl.org

MELBOURNE/SPACE COAST AREA

SEPT. 5: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI AND TEMPLE’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY; 5 p.m.; Manav Mandir temple, 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne; call (321) 426-0688 or visit www.mmbrevard.org

SEPT. 17: GANESH CHATURTHI; 5 p.m.; Manav Mandir temple, 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne; call (321) 426-0688 or visit www.mmbrevard.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (MIRAMAR/FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI)

SEPT. 4: KRISHNA JANAMASHTAMI CELEBRATIONS; from 6 p.m. till midnight; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 252-8802 or visit www.sfht.org

SEPT. 12: SUNDARA KAANDAM: THE SIGNET OF HOPE; Ramayana dance ballet choreographed and directed by Guru Anitha Guha; AIM for Seva Benefit program; 6 p.m.; Miramar Cultural Theatre, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; for information, call (954) 680-2108, email aim4sevafl@gmail.com or visit www.aimforsevausa.org

SEPT. 13: CHINMAYA BALA VIHAR, STUDY GROUPS RESUME; for details, visit www.cmmiami.org

SEPT. 20: GANESH CHATURTHI CELEBRATIONS; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for details, call (954) 252-8802 or visit www.sfht.org

SEPT. 26: INDIAN RAGAS ON PIANO; featuring Utsav Lal, Rajesh Bhandari on tabla; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $30 general tickets and $15 for students at door with valid student ID; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India; NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; for information, call APAI at (954) 885-1466, email apaiart@comcast.net or visit www.apaiart.com

SEPT. 27: MUSIC MAGIC MAST MAST KALAIYAAN; Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh and Kanika Kapoor in concert; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; tickets start at $39 and are available at www.tickethungama.com; for information, call Sham Chhabria at (813) 786-3529.

OCT. 3: ANNUAL GALA; India-US Chamber of Commerce South Florida; JW Marriott, 1109 Brickel Ave., Miami; 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; for ticket information and other details, email info@indousasfl.com or visit www.indousasfl.com

OCT. 9: “SATRANGI PEENGH;” concert featuring bhangra singers Harbhajan Mann and Gursewak Mann; 8 p.m.; Coral Springs High School, 7201 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs; tickets start at $35; for information, call Satbir Singh at (954) 649-3374 or Baljit K. Mann at (954) 856-3421.

OCT. 17: FIRST ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK; in memory of Rahul Maheshwari; Snyder Park, 3299 S.W. Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; register online at www.lightonespath.org; for information, call Priti or Narendra Maheshwari at (954) 461-7941 or email pritigold@aol.com

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to editor@khaasbaat.com by the 20th.

Disclaimer: Please check with local organizers, event details are subject to change.

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