MARCH 2018
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida


MELBOURNE: Manav Mandir will present its 22nd annual Indiafest 2018 on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, at a new location – Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne. There will be cultural and fashion shows, henna, arts and crafts, Indian cooking demo, food, raffle drawings, etc.

The theme is “Divine South India” to be highlighted at the Discover India booth. Timings are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 12 and under and kids younger than 5 years are free.

This year, two charities have been selected – Habitat for Humanity and Shriners of Brevard. According to organizers, both organizations are outstanding examples that provide much needed help and service to the Brevard community. In the past, beneficiaries have included Haiti earthquake, various Florida hurricane relief efforts, Early Intervention, Daily Bread, Serene Harbor, Crosswinds, Cancer Care Center, Sentinels of Freedom - Veterans Re-Training Program, Children’s Hunger Project, Promise in Brevard and Candlelighters of Brevard.

For information, call Yasmin Majeed at
(321) 720-8590,
e-mail [email protected] or visit

NAPLES: Organized by India Association of Naples, the annual India Fest will be held on March 24. At the time of press, the time and venue for the event weren’t unavailable. For details, email [email protected]

WEST PALM BEACH: Presented by Bangladesh Association of Florida, the 25th Asian Trade, Food Fair and Cultural Show will be on March 17-18. On both days, the event is set from noon to 10 p.m. at South Florida Fairgrounds (Expo Center), 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. For information, call (561) 876-2255 or visit 


By NITISH S. RELE – [email protected]

Mika SinghNot many people may know that before becoming a pop and bhangra artist, Mika Singh was a kirtan singer! Yes, you heard that right. Truly, the youngest of the Mehndi brothers has come a long, long way. And he is back in Florida with a performance on March 31 in Orlando.

The career of the singer, performer and songwriter took off with his first album “Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag” way back in 1998. More other albums such as “Ishq Brandy,” “Gabru” and “Something Something” followed before hit songs such as ‘Ganpat’ from “Shootout at Lokhandwala,” ‘Mauja Hi Mauja’ from “Jab We Met” and the title track for “Singh is Kinng.” Some of his popular songs also include ‘Aapka Kya Hoga’ from “Housefull,” ‘Ibn-e-Batuta’ from “Ishqiya,” ‘Dhinka Chika,’ from “Ready” and ‘Jumme Ki Raat,’ from “Kick.”

Recently, he has sung for “Sultan,” “Raees,” “Happy Bhag Jayegi,” “Shubh Mangal Savdhan,” “Secret Superstar,” “Padman,” “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” and “Welcome To New York.”

Presented by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw, Mika Singh will take the stage from 8 p.m. at Orange County Convention Center, Linda Chaplin Theater, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. Tickets start at $39. For information, call Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334; purchase tickets at 

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 31
WHERE: USF Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, 11810 USF Alumni Drive, Tampa

MARCH 31 – A Day for Entrepreneurs: TiECON FL 2018 

By Anjali Nair - Executive, Marketing Communications TiE Tampa

TiE Florida’s annual signature conference, which hosts entrepreneurs, corporate executives and business professionals from Tampa, St. Petersburg and the rest of Florida will be held on Saturday, March 31. The all-day event features a collaboration of entrepreneurial conversation, education, entertainment and peer networking.

The conference brings together successful and aspiring entrepreneurs from various industries to include healthcare, construction, mining, real estate, media and information technology, all under one roof. On the agenda are keynote discussions from business professionals such as Theodora Lau, director, Market Innovation, AARP; and Wayne Miller, managing director, The Venture Center. Panel discussions and the ability to pitch new ventures with lucrative prices, presents time for informal exchanges, networking and mentorship.

TiECON FLThe non-profit TiE is devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages, from incubation, throughout the entrepreneurial life cycle. With a global reach and a local focus, the heart of TiE efforts lies in its five foundational programs – Mentoring, Networking, Education, Funding and Incubation.

Keynote speakers include Arnie Bellini, CEO of ConnectWise; Steve Raymund, founder, former chairman/CEO of TechData; and Sarvajna Dwivedi, CEO of Pearl Therapeutics.

Panels will discuss such hot topics as:

TIECON FL will also feature a power lunch, banquet dinner and entertainment.

More information about the conference can be found at

For details on TiE Tampa Bay, visit


EkalEkal Vidyalaya Ocala, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville chapters will hold their annual donor appreciation musical concert featuring Kaushik Deshpande & Group who will sing Bollywood songs; Fort Myers, Lakeland, and Tallahassee chapters will feature Aditi Bhagwat & Group with the dance theme “Navrang se Navras Tak.”

The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation ( strives for holistic development of villages through empowerment of tribal and rural communities in India with basic education, digital literacy, skill development, health awareness, learning modern and productive agricultural practices, and rural entrepreneurship. As a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, Ekal supports and runs non-formal one-teacher schools operating on a minimal $1-a-day budget in India.


Friday, MARCH 2: India Cultural Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala; 7 p.m. light dinner followed by concert; for information, call Nagesh Kohil at (352) 427-1542, Anju Vasudevan at (352) 239-2532, Nand Kumar Karve (352) 262-4027, Dipak Patel at (352) 266-2011.


Saturday, MARCH 3: Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; 5 p.m. dinner followed by concert; for information, call Nirupama Kasam at (954) 235-8883, Shanti Viswanathan at (954) 937-3907, Senthil Kumar at (786) 245-1959; Shekar Reddy at (954) 895-1947.


FrIday, MARCH 9: North Fort Myers High School Auditorium, 5000 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers; 7 p.m.; for information, call Anju Uttamchandani at (239) 994-7120, Dr. Shaila Singh at (262) 366-9369, Shirley Bharath at (239) 634-6668.


SAaturday, MARCH 10: Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; 7 p.m. dinner followed by concert; for information, call Nilesh Patel at (863) 853-9315, Hiren Patel at (863) 255-8008, Abhay Shah at (863) 709-8335.


Sunday, MARCH 11: Lee Hall Auditorium, 1601 MLK Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee; 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080, Baskar Krishnamoorthy at (405) 269-7142, Deepak Haldiya at (850) 322-7700.


Friday, April 13: Bolles Middle School, 2264 Bartram Road, Jacksonville; 6 p.m. dinner followed by concert; for information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 537-6472, Krishna Hanchate at (904) 568-9141, Rajat Sharma at (904) 859-4576

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

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