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The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Navratri on
Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at the Florida State Fairgrounds,
4800 N. U.S. 301, Tampa. Khelaiya Group from Surat will be
performing during the four days. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is
free for Samaj members. Dandiya will be available for purchase and nominal parking fees apply. For more information, call Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

Navratri begins from Sept. 24 at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. For timings and other details, call (813) 962-6890.

The Sanatan Mandir at 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Navratri from Sept. 24 with Durga Puja daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. For details, call the temple at (813) 221-4482, email [email protected] or visit

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will celebrate Navratri with daily garba at 7 p.m. from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3. Maha Astami Havan will be from 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. For more information, call the Mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit

SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay) will hold Durga Puja on Oct. 3-5 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Lakshmi Puja will be on Oct. 11 at Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. For details, e-mail [email protected] or visit


The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will hold Navratri Garba on Sept. 26-27 (Swati Fadnis and group), Oct. 3-4 (Dwanit Joshi & Parul Vaidya Group), both at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; and Oct. 10 (Ravin Naik & Group) at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road. For information, visit

The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple will present Navratri Utsav and live music Raas and garba from Sept. 24-Oct. 3 in the community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Snacks will be available at the canteen stall. Dussehra celebration will be from 5 p.m. Oct. 4. For more information, call the temple at (407) 699-5277, e-mail [email protected] or visit

And Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will present Navratri Garba & Raas from 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27 at JCC Hall, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando (which is close to the temple). Entrance is free. For information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail [email protected]


CORAL SPRINGS: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at Taravella High School, 10600 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs. For information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit

SUNRISE: The Bengali Association of South Florida is organizing Sharadotsav on Oct. 4-5 at Westpine Middle School, 9393 N.W. 50th St. (near the Sawgrass Expressway). For details, email [email protected] or visit

PALM BEACH: The Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Navratri/Garba at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4. For venue and other information, e-mail [email protected] or visit


The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Navratri at 9 p.m. on Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294, Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit


The India Association Cultural & Educational Center will hold garba from 9 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 2-4. For details, call (352) 208-4511 or e-mail [email protected]


The Gujarati Samaj of Gatorland in Gainesville will celebrate Navratri from 7 p.m. to midnight from Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St., Gainesville. The event is free for Samaj members; $10 for non-members and $5 for non-member students. For details, email [email protected]


The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville. For information, call Bakulesh Patel at (904) 813-9616, Bipin Patel at (904) 260-7675, e-mail [email protected] or visit


The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Navratri celebrations from 7 to midnight Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail [email protected] or visit

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Zakir HussainTabla maestro is returning to the Central Florida area Sept. 26 for another performance, this time accompanied by veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh and violinist R. Kumaresh.

Hussain’s contribution to world music includes historic collaborations with Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, Birju Maharaj and Shivkumar Sharma, as well as Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, and recordings and performances with artists such as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders and symphonies around the world.

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh comes from a lineage of musicians who have been practicing Carnatic music for the last six generations. She started playing the veena at the age of 3. Her mother Lalgudi R. Rajalakshmi (sister of the violin legend Lalgudi G. Jayaraman) was her first guide. With a performing career spanning 29 years, Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh – performer, composer and guru has evolved her own identity and made the veena the focus of her expression. Her husband, R. Kumaresh, was trained by his father T.S. Rajagopalan and supervised by mother Bhanumathy. By age 10, he was rubbing shoulders with veterans in musical field. Apart from performing, he has also scored music for films and dance productions, as well as taken stage at several global festivals.

Once again, Floridians can thank the Asian Cultural Association (ACA) for organizing the 7:30 p.m. Classical Trio concert. Venue is Trinity Prep Theater, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Tickets range from $25 to $100 and can be purchased at

For more information, call (407) 333-3667.


BMM Mahotsav OrlandoThe first-ever Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) Mahotsav Orlando 2014 will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. event at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood.

Cultural performances include Shiv Rajyabhishek, MangalaGaur, Marathi Ekankika, Santaanchi Vaari, Utsav Natyancha, and the highlight of the evening, Marathi Taraka – a musical song and dance extravaganza hosted by producer and director Mahesh Tilekar with leading Marathi television and film actresses. The show brings alive the beauty and talent of music ranging from folk to classical and western songs from various Marathi and Hindi films. These 14 actresses: Neha Pendse, Hemangi Kavi, Urmila Kanitkar, Priya Bapat, Pooja Sawant, Shruti Marathe, Deepali Sayyed, Kranti Redkar, Smita Shevale, Sonali Kulkarni, Teja Deokar, Siya Patil, Medha Ghadge and Smita Tambe have performed along with actors Umesh Kamat and Adinath Kothare.

“Our objective is to provide a conduit for Marathi communities to celebrate their native culture, and stay connected with their roots,” says BMM Mahotsav Orlando President Prashant Saoji. “The Marathi community convention over the years has come to symbolize our unity, showcase their talents, and applaud their many achievements and successes. BMM Mahotsav Orlando will also serve as a stage for further personal and business networking opportunities for everyone.” Participating associations are Orlando Marathi Mandal, Maharashtra Mandal of South Florida, Maayboli Melawa of Tampa Bay and Maharashtra Mandal of Jacksonville.

BMM OrlandoTickets are $35, $50, $75 and $100; children ages 5 to 12 years of age are $15.

For information, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or Kirti Rege at (513) 236-2784 or visit

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