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October 3, 2008

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Jazz, Indian music meet (Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland) at ‘Crosscurrents’ Nov. 4, 2017, in Orlando

October 15, 2017

Good afternoon readers:

Presented by Asian Cultural Association, “CrossCurrents” takes the stage on Nov. 4, 2017, in Orlando. Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain’s “CrossCurrents” addresses the intersection of jazz and Indian music in this unique fusion performance. The acknowledged master of Indian tabla has joined forces with the renowned jazz bassist, composer and arranger Dave Holland (who got his start with the legendary Miles Davis Bitches Brew group) to form an ensemble that pays tribute to the nexus of two improvisational music forms from opposite sides of the globe.
This outstanding band features not only Hussain and Holland but the renowned New York jazz saxophonist Chris Potter and the outstanding Bollywood composer/vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, legendary Indian jazz pianist Louiz Banks, his brother Gino on drums, and Sanjay Divecha on guitar.
The 7:30 p.m. performance will be at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. Tickets starting at $30 are available at http://www.drphillipscenter.org For information, call (407) 333-3667.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

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30th annual Tampa India Festival to be held Nov. 4, 2017

October 13, 2017

Dear readers:

The 30th annual India Festival in Tampa, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2017. It will as always be at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. For information, call (813) 385-8544 or visit http://www.indiafestivaltampa.com

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NITISH S. RELE

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2017 Diwali festivities set in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Coral Springs), Orlando/Casselberry, Tampa/Pinellas Park, Inverness, Bartow/Winter Haven/Lakeland, Gainesville, Fort Myers/Bonita Springs, Melbourne (Space Coast) and Jacksonville

October 8, 2017

Dear readers:

Here are the Florida communities holding Diwali 2017 celebrations:

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK

Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay is hosting a Diwali Dinner with Bollywood entertainment and Annual Election on Saturday, Oct. 21, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. The event, which begins from 4 p.m., is free to GSTB members; non-members are $25 per person. Everyone is requested to report first to Jain Temple next door for registration, election vote and check-in. For information, call Ravi Patel at (727) 692-6399, Ajit Shah at (813) 373-9726 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will hold Dhanteras Mahalaxmi Pujan at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Diwali Puja will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. New Year Annakut will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. For more information, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit http://www.ambajimandir.com

Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa, will hold Dhanteras Mahalaxmi Pujan at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Diwali Puja will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. New Year Annakut will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. For information, call (813) 444-9786.

Sanatan Mandir in Tampa will hold Dhan Teras/Laxmi Puja at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Gujarati New Year Bhajan Sandhya will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. The mandir is at 311 E. Palm Ave. For information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit www.ourmandir.org

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir will hold Chopda Pujan and Diwali on Oct. 19. Annakut Darshan will be from noon till 7 p.m. (aarti every hour) on Oct. 20. BAPS is at 9556 E. Fowler Ave. in Thonotosassa. For details, call (813) 986-5473.

Rajasthani Association of Tampa Bay will hold its Diwali celebration on Oct. 21. For participation and other details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

Hindu Temple of Florida in Tampa, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa will hold Lakshmi Pooja at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. Mahalakshmi abhishekam will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20. Deepavali cultural program will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the temple hall followed by fireworks and mahaprasad. For information, call (813) 962-6890.

Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., in Tampa, will hold its annual Diwali from 6 p.m. Oct. 14. The program includes songs, music, dance and drama. For information, call (813) 334-0443.

Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB), a not-for-profit organization for promoting Marathi culture, will celebrate Diwali from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at HCC Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa. The event is free for MMTB members and $20 for non-member adults and $10 for children above 10 years. For information, call Rajan Pednekar at (813) 546-1330, Aishwarya Pednekar at (813) 546-1331 or visit http://www.mmtbusa.org

SOUTH FLORIDA

FORT LAUDERDALE: The Indian Regional and Cultural Center will hold its Diwali festivities from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The program will include Bollywood, folk, classical music and dance, IRCC Children Show, and dance competitions. Other attractions are food, fashion, jewelry, arts and crafts, henna, yoga, kids’ zone and raffle prizes. For information, call Sanjay Gupta, CPA, at (954) 461-4003, Dr. Durgesh Thaker at (954) 554-8739, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit www.irccflorida.com

PALM BEACH: And the Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Diwali on Oct. 21. The venue is yet to be confirmed. For details, e-mail info@gopbia.org or visit www.gopbia.com/

CORAL SPRINGS: Also, the 10th annual Divali Nagar will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Coral Springs Sportsplex, 2575 Sports Plex Drive, Coral Springs. Entrance is $5 adults, kids under 5 are free; parking is $5. For information, call (954) 846-9895 or visit http://www.divalinagar.us

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry will celebrate Diwali and Annakut on Oct. 21 with a cultural program from 4 p.m. followed by fireworks and mahaprasad. For information, call (407) 699-5277, e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org, or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

Indian Cultural Association of Orlando will hold its fourth annual Diwali Gala dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 7 at The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary. Tickets are $30 per person. For information, call Raj Patel at (407) 335-0485 or visit http://www.icsocfl.com

Orlando Marathi Mandal will be celebrating Diwali on Oct. 29 at the Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. For details, e-mail orlandomarathi@yahoo.com or visit http://www.orlandomarathi.com

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando, will have Kids Diwali celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 14. Diwali and Chopda pujan will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Annakut the next day. For information, call (407) 857-0091.

Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate a Diwali Jalsa Night from 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando. There will be social hour, dinner and entertainment. Early bird special for society members is $65 per person; non-members are $130 per person; for information, call (407) 374-3470 or visit http://www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

Association of Asian Cultural Festivals will present its 20th annual free Diwali Mela from 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola, 101 Rosalind Ave., Orlando. For more information, call Lallman Persaud at (407) 202-2161 or e-mail lmpersaud@aol.com

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN/LAKELAND

Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Diwali at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294 or visit www.bscfl.com

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO), 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, will hold Family Funday (free entry) on Oct. 8, Kali Chaudas (Hanumanji Poojan) from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 18, New Year’s Aartis Oct. 20 and Annakut from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21. For information, call (863) 687-4776 or visit www.issolakeland.org

INVERNESS

Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, will celebrate Deepavali on Oct. 19 and New Year’s Day the next day. For timings and other details, call (352) 860-2181.

FORT MYERS/BONITA SPRINGS

India Association of Fort Myers will celebrate Diwali from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 21 at Southwest Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. For information, visit www.iafortmyers.org

GAINESVILLE

Indian Student Association at University of Florida will hold its Diwali show on Oct. 27 at Curtis M. Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville. Doors open at 6 and the “The Evolution of Bollywood” themed show begins at 6:30. For information, call Isha Kothari at (904) 716-0440 or email ufisadiwali@gmail.com

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST)

The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Diwali and annual dinner from 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. For more information, call (321) 271-7072 or visit www.iascbrevard.com

Manav Mandir will hold Diwali celebration/Lakshmi Puja at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19, and Annakut the next day. The temple is at 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne. For information, (321) 426-0668, email admin@mmbrevard.org or visit www.mmbrevard.org

JACKSONVILLE

Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Diwali on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Morocco Shine Center Auditorium, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. Doors open at 3:30 with entertainment from 5 followed by dinner and dancing. For tickets and other information, call (904) 307-8420 or visit www.gsnef.org

Also, Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville will hold its Diwali party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Morocco Shine Center Auditorium, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Road S. There will be food, dance and music. For tickets and more information, text (904) 329-5838 or visit http://www.jaxics.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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Vulcal holds Diwali sale Oct. 8 in Tampa

October 8, 2017

Good morning:

Vulcal Boutique is holding a Diwali sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Clarion Hotel, 2701 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa. For information, call Amita Patel at (407) 718-4737.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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Gujarati folk singer Atul Purohit to perform Oct. 13 in Tampa

October 7, 2017

Dear readers:

Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will support Sharad Poornima Garba by well-known Gujarati folk singer Atul Purohit at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Purohit’s music genes are garba, sugam sangeet, bhajans and his influences are folk, Hindustani classical, bhajan and sufi. Formed by Purohit in 1992, the Rutambara Group is one of the major attractions at United Way of Vadodara. It is said to have the largest gathering of people during Navratri. Considering the huge crowd that it attracts every year in Vadodara, organizers have applied for Guinness Book of World Records for the highest attendance at a venue. For tickets and other information, call Nishat Pathak at (203) 919-0444 or visit http://www.gujaratisamaj.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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North South holding National Finals Aug. 20-21 in Tampa

August 20, 2016

Good morning:

For the first time, North South Foundation (www.northsouth.org) is holding its National Finals in Tampa. The contests will be Aug. 20-21 at the University of South Florida. Held in the United States since 1993, the contests are designed to encourage excellence among Indian American children and prepare them to enter better colleges.

Spelling, essay, math, vocabulary, geography, science and public speaking contests are offered. The contests are grouped into Junior, Intermediate or Senior levels for children from first- through 12th-grade. Conducted every year in two steps, children participate in regional contests at various locations throughout the country. Then students with high scores, based on a cut-off, advance to the National Finals. About 1,800 students and nearly 1,500 parents from all over the United States and delegates from NSF Nationals team will be attending the Tampa event.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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2016 India Independence Day celebrations in Tampa, Bartow/Plant City/Lakeland, Orlando/Casselberry, Fort Myers, Melbourne (Space Coast), Gainesville, Tallahassee

August 13, 2016

Good morning readers:

 Florida communities celebrating Independence day in 2016 include:

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

The Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay (FIA of Tampa Bay) will celebrate India Independence Day on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. The day begins at 10 a.m. with exhibits on display; flag hoisting will be at 12:30. Melody Makers musical group will perform from 4:30 p.m. There also will be a cultural program by local talent. For information, call FIA President Mahesh Modha at (813) 476-1540 or Event Chair Ramnarayan Mani at (201) 238-4263.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

Hindu Society of Central Florida and the HSCF New Age Group will celebrate India’s Independence Day on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the mandir community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. There will be a kids patriotic parade and cultural programs. Indian snacks and hot tea/coffee will be provided. Entry is free with prior RSVP. For information, call Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920, Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or e-mail hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com

BARTOW/PLANT CITY/LAKELAND

The Bhartiya Samj of Central Florida will hold an Independence Day celebration at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. Cost per person is $25. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294 or visit www.bscfl.com

FORT MYERS

The Fort Myers India Association will hold Independence Day celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Lakes Park shelter C-1, 7330 Gladiolus Drive. For information, e-mail ravi@fteinc.net or visit www.iafortmyers.org

SPACE COAST (MELBOURNE)

The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold India Day celebrations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., in Melbourne. Admission is free. For information, call Neha Shah at (321) 223-4411 or visit http://www.iascbrevard.com

GAINESVILLE

India’s Independence Day will be celebrated from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Indian Cultural & Education Center (ICEC), 1115 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville. Admission is free. For details, call Hema Agarwal at (386) 266-7750, email HemaAgarwal@gmail.com or visit www.icec-florida.org

TALLAHASSEE

The India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH) will hold Utsav/India Day 2016 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Moore Auditorium, 127 Honors Way. The event is to celebrate India’s Independence Day and showcase talents of community members. In addition to songs and music, the event will feature quiz and poster contests. The event is free. For details, e-mail President.iatlh@gmail.com or visit www.iatlh.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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Dream Team star concert Aug. 14, 2016, in Orlando

August 7, 2016

Dear readers:

The Dream Team Star Concert will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the CFE Arena in Orlando. Presented by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw, it features rapper Badshah, actors Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur, and director-producer Karan Johar.

CFE Arena is at 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando. Tickets starting at $59 can be purchased at www.bollywoodeventsfl.com For information, call Krish Patel at (407) 453-3334 or Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345.

See you all there!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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Sunidhi Chauhan, Ayushmann Khurrana Orlando concert July 8, 2016

July 5, 2016

Dear readers:

Filmfare Award winners singer Sunidhi Chauhan and actor/singer Ayushmann Khurrana will take to the stage July 8 for the first time together in Orlando.  Khurrana won the Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut and Best Male Playback Singer in his debut film “Vicky Donor” in 2012. Since then, he has excelled acting and singing for “Nautanki Saala” (‘Saadi Galli Aaja’ and ‘Tu Hi Tu’), and “Bewakoofiyaan” (‘Khamakhaan’ and ‘O Heeriye’), “Hawaizaada” (‘Dil-e-Nadaan’). He also acted in last year’s hit “Dum Laga Ke Haisha.”

Chauhan made her singing debut for the film “Shastra” when she was just 11 years old. Thereafter, she was winner of the Doordarshan singing reality show “Meri Awaz Suno.” Her big break came when she sang the hit ‘Ruki Ruki Thi Zindagi’ for Ram Gopal Varma’s “Mast.” Since then, there has been no looking back for this versatile singer whose list of hits runs by the dozens. Some of the melodious chartbusters include ‘Dhoom Machale’ from “Dhoom” and ‘Kamli’ from “Dhoom 3,” ‘Ishq Sufiyana’ (“The Dirty Picture”), ‘Sajna Ve Sajna’ (“Chameli”), ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’ (“Tees Maar Khan”), ‘Bin Tere’ (“I Hate Love Story”), ‘Beedi Jalaile’ (“Omkara”), ‘Desi Girl’ (“Dostana”), and ‘Say Shava Shava’ (“Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham”).

Organized by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw, the Sunidhi and Ayushmann concert will be from 8 p.m. at Orange County Convention Center, Linda Chapin Theater, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. Tickets starting at $39 can be purchased at http://www.bollywoodeventsfl.com For information, call Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Shaw at (813) 842-0345.

See you all there!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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813-758-1786

1st Tampa Bay Classical Music & Dance Festival May 21

May 15, 2016

Dear readers:

It is the first of a kind, started with the vision of turning into a grand tradition, something you don’t want to miss. The first annual daylong 2016 Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21, in Tampa. Among the artists performing are Sangeet Natak Academy winner Pandit Nayan Ghosh on both sitar and tabla, vocalists Sangeeta Lahiri, Radharaman Kirtane and Lavanya Dinesh, Shankh Lahiri and Thiru Pant on tabla, Bharat Natyam dancer Tara Priyadarshani, Kuchipudi dancer Madhuri Gudla, and K.V. Mahabala on sitar, and others. Besides a dozen world-class musicians and dancers of the highest caliber, the all-day extravaganza, aimed at both Indian and non-Indian audiences, will showcase yoga, kirtan, henna artists and Indian food and merchandise vendors.
The event is presented by India Cultural Center and Tampa’s Shruti Foundation. The festival is offered in two sessions, (11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) each is $25 or $39 for both. VIP combo tickets are available for $50 at the door as well. Discounted tickets can be purchased till May 15 at http://www.shrutischoolofmusic.com for $20/session, $35/combo. Kids ages 12 and younger are free.
India Cultural Center is at 5511 Lynn Road. For more information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit theshrutifoundation.org

See you all there!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786