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October 3, 2008

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Nitish S. Rele

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Khaas Baat monthly newspaper (A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida)

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Tampa Royal Orchid Bar & Grille continues with weekday Indian buffet

February 24, 2015

Good morning readers:

Royal Orchid Bar & Grille in Tampa continues with its Indian buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.  The eatery in the Ramada hotel offers Indian, American, Thai, Chinese, Italian and Arabic food. There also is an 11,000-square-foot banquet facility to seat up to 400 people. Catering is offered for anniversaries, weddings, engagements, birthday parties, etc. Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Royal Orchid is at 1200 N. Westshore Blvd. For information, call (813) 289-4647, (813) 282-3636 or Chef Bonkim Rozario at (727) 565-6903.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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2015 Ekal Vidyalaya fundraisers set in Ocala (Feb. 20), Orlando/Winter Haven (Feb. 21), Lakeland (Feb. 22), Jacksonville (Feb. 27), Tampa (Feb. 28) and Tallahassee (March 1)

February 15, 2015

Good evening readers:

Ocala, Orlando, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Tampa and Tallahassee will hold their annual Ekal Vidyalaya fundraisers in February and March. Performing at the concerts is the Raja Chatterjee Group with singers Raja Chatterjee and Sangeeta Melekar, Piyush Bhatt on keyboard, Jay Natu on octopad and Daxesh Patel on tabla.

OCALA: The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at India Association Cultural & Educational Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave. Admission is free. For details, call Dipak Patel at (352) 266-2011, Dr. Nand Kishore Karve at (352) 237-3084 or e-mail karven@hotmail.com

ORLANDO/WINTER HAVEN: Dinner will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. followed by the concert on Saturday, Feb. 21, at West Orange High School, 1625 Beulah Road, Winter Garden. Entry and dinner are free. For information, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 352-2889 or Madhu Bansal at (214) 675-7994.

LAKELAND: The event will start at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Shree Swaminarayan Temple hall, 2793 New Tampa Highway. Entry and dinner are free with donation. For details, call Nilesh K. Patel at (863) 853-9315 or Hansmukh M. Patel at (863) 965-1453.

JACKSONVILLE: Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the concert from 7 on Friday, Feb. 27, at Bolles High School Auditorium, 7400 San Jose Blvd. For information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 537-6472 or Ravi Sanka at (904) 607-9175. For tickets, visit http://www.ekal.org

TAMPA: The West Coast city will hold the fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 28, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. Dinner will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by the musical program.
For information, call Dr. Umesh Choudhry at (727) 507-0584. For tickets, visit http://www.ekal.org

TALLAHASSEE: The fundraiser will be from 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Lee Hall Auditorium, 1601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For information, email president.iatlh@gmail.com or vicepresident.iatlh@gmail.com

For more information, visit http://www.ekal.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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IndiaFEST to be held Feb. 21, 2015, in West Palm Beach

February 14, 2015

Good evening readers:

The 12th annual IndiaFEST put together by Palm Beach India Association will be on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. The daylong outdoor event begins at 11 a.m., which is free and open to the public, will feature musical, dance and cultural performances; food, clothing, and craft vendors; and art exhibits. This year’s attraction is a performance by the original “Disco King” of Bollywood, Bappi Lahri. Meyer Amphitheater is at 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. For details, visit http://www.sfindiafest.com or e-mail info@sfindiafest.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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2015 Mahashivratri celebrations set in Tampa, Orlando

February 14, 2015

Dear readers:

Here are some Florida communities that are celebrating Maha Shivratri on Feb. 17, 2015.

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG

Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave.; Tampa; for information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit www.ourmandir.org for more information.

Ambaji Mandir, 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park; temple open from 6 a.m. to midnight; for information, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit www.ambajimandir.org

Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., Tampa; from 8 p.m.; Shiva Abhishekam performed by resident priest Pandit Premnath Ramsawak; for information, call Nick at (813) 334-0443 or Angela at (813) 265-3268.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; celebrations from 8 a.m.; for information, call Mahesh Kapadia at (407) 902-8634 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, open 8:30 a.m. to midnight; Shiv bhajans from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by aarti and mahaprasad; Shiv Abhishekam from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. and aarti at midnight; Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 574-8044.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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Disco music King Bappi Lahiri to perform in West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando

February 14, 2015

Dear readers:

Disco music King Bappi Lahiri will be in Florida performing in West Palm Beach on Feb. 21 at the 12th annual Indiafest; in Tampa on Feb. 22; then in Orlando on Feb. 28. All three performances are being presented by Parimal Butala of Tampa. Below are the details:

FEB. 21: 12th ANNUAL INDIAFEST; organized by Palm Beach India Association; free; starts at 11 a.m.; musical, dance and cultural performances; food, clothing, and craft vendors; and art exhibits; Meyer Amphitheater, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; for details, visit http://www.sfindiafest.com or e-mail info@sfindiafest.com

FEB. 22: BAPPI LAHIRI LIVE IN CONCERT; presented by Parimal Butala; 5 p.m.; Chamberlain High School, 9401 N. Boulevard, Tampa; tickets start at $35; for tickets and other information, call Parimal Butala at (813) 892-8197 or email parimalbutala@yahoo.com

FEB. 28: BAPPI LAHIRI LIVE IN CONCERT; presented by Parimal Butala; 6 p.m.; Oakridge High School, 700 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando; tickets start at $35; for tickets and other information, call Nidhi Gupta at (407) 852-3192 or Dipti Smart at (321) 695-4422.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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Valentine’s Day Party Feb. 14 at ICC in Tampa

February 11, 2015

Good afternoon readers:

A Valentine’s Day Party will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Tampa. It is being hosted by India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, from 7 p.m. The adults-only party cost is $60; it is free for ICC trustees. E-mail tampaicc@yahoo.com or call Upen (mama) at (813) 210-5209 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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2015 Showcase India to be held Feb. 15 in Punta Gorda

February 3, 2015

Good morning readers:

More than 1,500 people are expected to attend the annual Showcase India 2015 on Sunday, Feb.15, in Punta Gorda. Organized by the Indian American Cultural Center, the daylong festival from 10 a.m. onward will be held at Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St. Tickets are $10 per person; $5 for children ages 6-12. This year’s featured performer is the WAHH! World Fusion Band formed by tabla maestro, vocalist, multi-percussionist and composer Shankh Lahiri of Tampa. WAHH!, which also features Peter Mongaya on guitar, Michael Washington on drums and percussion, Ray Villadonga on bass, and Rajib Karmakar on ‘E- Sitar’ will take the stage from 1 to 3 p.m. Also performing are classical dancers Swapna Komarraju and Sayali Goswami. For information, call (941) 613-2222, email iaccpc2004@gmail.com or visit http://www.indian-american-cultural-center.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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India Day 2015 set Jan. 31 at Orlando Magic Game; Jay Sean to perform also

January 18, 2015

Dear readers:

The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and Orlando Magic are partnering once again to host India Day 2015. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, at Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. The program will include a Street Festival featuring Indian dances, music, display tables, and other activities from 4-6 p.m. The Magic hosts the Dallas Mavericks at 7. The Orlando NBA team’s cheerleaders will incorporate Bollywood dances in their halftime routine. Indian delicacies will be offered at the concession stands. The grand finale will be a performance by musician-singer Jay Sean on the floor of the house. The price of Sean’s performance is incorporated in the game ticket.

The IACC has partnered with community sponsors to donate more than 1,500 tickets to underprivileged children of Central Florida so they may watch a NBA game. “Come join the sparkle and the sizzle, relive the sights and smells and culture of India and cheer on your Orlando Magic,” said IACC President Tino Patel. For Magic tickets, visit http://www.iaccorlando.com or text MAGIC22 to 40691. For sponsorship packages, email info@iaccorlando.com For other event information, email Tino Patel at tinopatel@skytelecom.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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2015 India Republic Day celebrations in Lauderhill (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville

January 6, 2015

Good evening readers:

Here are a few of the Florida communities celebrating India’s Republic Day.

SOUTH FLORIDA (LAUDERHILL): The Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC) will hold its Lohri/Republic Day/Anand Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Central Broward Regional Park, Corporate Shelter No. 1, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill. For information, call (954) 543-1539, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit http://www.irccflorida.com/

TAMPA: The Federation of India Associations (FIA) of Tampa Bay will hold its Republic Day event Sunday, Jan. 18, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with cooking/rangoli competition, commercial exhibits and youth essay writing. Flag hoisting will be at 1:30 p.m. followed by cultural programs. Booths by member associations in respective regional languages will be set up. Food/vendor booths will be day long. For more information, call FIA President Dr. Kotha Sekharam at (813) 792-2646, e-mail fiatampa@gmail.com or visit www.fia-tampabay.com

ORLANDO: The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group will hold Republic Day celebrations from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, in the HSCF Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. There will be a cultural program and speeches by guests. Indian snacks, tea/coffee will be served. Entry is free with prior RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com by Jan. 22. For more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259.

GAINESVILLE: The India Cultural & Education Center in Gainesville will celebrate India’s Republic Day from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the center, 1115 S.W. 13th St. Indian food and snacks will be sold before the cultural program by the children of Gainesville community. For details, call Shaheda Qaiyumi at (352) 378-7112 or visit www.icec-florida.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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2015 Makarsankrant (kite flying), Lohri, Uttarayan, Pongal festival in Boca Raton (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando/Apopka, Bartow/Winter Haven, Sarasota/Bradenton, Ocala, Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach, Melbourne (Space Coast area)

January 6, 2015

Dear readers:

Here are a few of the Florida communities gearing up to celebrate the 2015 festival of kite flying, which also is known as Makar Sankrant, Uttarayan, Lohri and Pongal.

BOCA RATON: The Punjabi Association of South Florida will hold Lohri from 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road; members are $20; non-members are $22; children 6 to 12 years are $10; for information, call Renu at (954) 384-2217, Usha at (561) 523-8665 or visit http://www.thepunjabiassociation.org

TAMPA: The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. The Samaj will sell kites and thread. Use MLK entrance. Free for Samaj members. Non-members $15 and seniors are $10. Nominal parking fee is payable by all. Snacks and lunch will be served. For more information, call Manish Patel at (813) 270-9896 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

Also, the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB) will hold its annual Makar Sankrant program on Saturday, Jan. 17. For details, call (813) 351-9110 or visit http://www.mmtbusa.org/

And on Tuesday, Jan. 13, Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will hold a Lohri/Makarsankrant puja at 8 p.m. For information, call the temple at (813) 221-4482.

Also, Ambaji Mandir will hold Vishnu Sahasranama at 10 a.m. on Jan. 14. Ambaji Mandir is at 10991 58th St. in Pinellas. For more information, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685, e-mail ambajitemple@gmail.com or visit www.ambajimandir.org

SARASOTA/BRADENTON: The Gujarati Association of Manasota will hold its Uttarayan celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Free for members, $10 for non-members. For information, call Rina Patel at (941) 518-3462 or visit www.gujaratiassociationofmanasota.com

ORLANDO: The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan on Sunday, Jan. 11. Venue is yet to be determined. For details, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/gujaratisocietycfl

Pongal/Makara Sankranthi will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry. For details, call Mahesh Kapadia at (407) 902-8634 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

The Orlando Marathi Mandal will hold its Makar Sankrant event on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. at Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. On the agenda are volleyball, cricket, soccer, football, badminton and, of course, kite flying. Mandal members are free; non-members $10; for information, email orlandomarathi@yahoo.com or visit http://orlandomarathi.com/

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN: The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, at Mary Holland Park, North Broadway Ave., Bartow. For more information, call samaj president Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294 or visit www.bscfl.com

OCALA: On Sunday, Jan. 18, there will be kite flying at Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, in Ocala. For information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

DAYTONA BEACH/ORMOND BEACH: The Indian Cultural Society of Daytona has set its Kite Day Picnic from noon to 3 p.m. for Saturday, Jan. 10, at Bethune Pointe Park, 101 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach. For more information, call Sangeetha Bhoola at (386) 527-0855 or visit www.icsdaytona.com

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST AREA): The Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC) will celebrate Uttarayan from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7575 W. Highway 520, Cocoa. For information, call (321) 271-6162, e-mail samirporda@yahoo.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

Enjoy the festivities and be safe!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786


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