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Floridians, here’s your chance to hop on for a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. During “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue,” enjoy colorful costumes, joyful dances and thrilling music as you capture the vibrant, expressive spirit of Bollywood. Produced, directed and choreographed by Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, with scores by A.R. Rahman and Salim/Sulaiman, it is the first original Indian musical to complete five years of international touring. And now, “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue” is at your doorsteps and, believe us, you don’t want to miss on this high-energy extravaganza.

Here are the Florida dates for the spectacular tour as of press time:

FEB. 28: JACKSONVILLE; Times-Union Center, Moran Theater, 300 Water St.; 7:30 p.m.; $29-$85; for information, call (904) 633-6110.

MARCH 1: WEST PALM BEACH; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd.; 8 p.m.; $15-$100; for information, call (561) 832-7469 or visit m.kravis.org

MARCH 2: The Villages (NEAR OCALA); Morse Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main St.; 7 p.m.; $25-$85; for information, call (352) 751-7799 or visit www.thesharon.com

MARCH 3-4: TAMPA; Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall, 1010 N. MacInnes Place; 7:30 p.m.; $45-$75; for information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org

MARCH 5: CUTLER BAY; South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Main Stage, 10950 S.W. 211 St.; 4 p.m.; $35-$67.50; for information, call (786) 573-5316 or visit www.smdcac.org

MARCH 7: SARASOTA; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail; 8 p.m.; $36-$71; for information, call (941) 953-3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org

For more details on the show, visit www.tajexpressthemusical.com/bollywoodmusical/

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

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WEST PALM BEACH: The 14th annual IndiaFest, put together by Palm Beach India Association, will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach.

According to organizers, IndiaFest is a way to celebrate the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of India with the South Florida community. Over the past decade, IndiaFest has become one of the premier events in South Florida, with more than 14,000 people in attendance.

Performers include Benny Dayal and DJ Lemon. The daylong outdoor event, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature yoga sessions; musical, dance and cultural performances; food, clothing, and craft vendors; and art exhibits.

Meyer Amphitheater is at 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. For details, visit www.sfindiafest.com or e-mail [email protected]

FORT MYERS: The India Association of Fort Myers (IAFM) will hold its 30th annual India Fest on Saturday, March 4, at Estero Recreation Center in Estero. The 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. event will feature Indian food, dance, music, handicrafts and clothing. More specifically, there will be live entertainment on the outdoor stage throughout the day, including modern and classical dances, and fashion shows. Pandit Sandip Burman, who has assembled an eclectic ensemble of cross-culturally trained musicians, will also perform. The internationally touring musician is renowned for playing the tabla, sitar and tabla tarang (melody on tabla).

During the lunch break, a local group will present a yoga demonstration. Attendees will enjoy and unobstructed view of the performances under covered seating.

Entry fee per person is $5; parking is free. For information, call (732) 861-6250 or e-mail [email protected]


EKALOcala, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tallahassee are set to hold their annual Ekal Vidyalaya fundraisers in February and March. The cultural program, “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal,” will feature Indian tribal artists who will sing devotional, patriotic, folk and Bollywood songs.

The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (www.ekal.org) strives to bring education and village development to rural India. As a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, Ekal initiates, supports and runs non-formal one-teacher schools in India. The movement strives to create a network of non-formal schools and health education that will educate and empower children in rural and tribal India. Ekal schools operate on a minimal $1-a-day budget.


FEB. 24: Reilly Art Center, 500 N.E. Ninth St.; 7 p.m. dinner followed by program; for information, call Dr. Nagesh Kohli at (352) 427-1542.


feb. 25: Sickles High School Auditorium, 7950 Gunn Highway; 5:30 p.m. dinner followed by concert; for information, call Dr. Umesh Chaudhry at (727) 507-0584, Jawahar Taunk at (727) 480-3829.


MARCH 17: 6 p.m. dinner followed by concert; for details, including venue, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 619-1500.


MARCH 18: Bolles Middle School, Parker Auditorium, 2264 Bartram Road; 5:30 p.m. dinner followed by concert; for information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 537-6472.


MARCH 19: Lee Hall Auditorium, 601 S. MLK Jr. Blvd.; 7 p.m.; for information, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080, visit www.iatlh.org

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


Photo credit: Vikram Bawa

Shilpa Shetty

The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is leading Orlando’s 5th annual India Day celebration on Feb. 25 in downtown Orlando. India Day is designed to broaden awareness of the Indian-American heritage, culture and music in Central Florida. The day kicks off with a street festival showcasing traditional Indian dance and food, and ending with Orlando Magic game versus the Atlanta Hawks.

Shilpa Shetty will hold a fireside chat from 3 to 4 p.m. to be televised live by TV Asia. It will be followed by a VIP meet & greet with the Bollywood film actress and producer. The free street festival outside the Amway Center is set from 3 to 6. The game begins at 7 and during halftime of the NBA game, Orlando Magic dancers will perform in traditional Bollywood style. The IACC has committed to help fill the Amway Center during what the NBA has named “Best Heritage Night in the NBA” in 2014 and 2015.IACC

The India Day Celebration is produced by a volunteer committee from the IACC by: Dr. Amish M. Parikh (Chair, India Day) and Dr. Varesh Patel (Co-Chair, India Day and President, IACC). The team is expecting Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to proclaim Feb. 25 as India Day.

For information about tickets and sponsorship, visit www.iaccorlando.com

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