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October 3, 2008

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Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan to present concerts in Fort Lauderdale on March 7; in Tampa on March 8

March 1, 2015

Good afternoon:

Sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan will present concerts in Fort Lauderdale on March 7; and in Tampa on March 8. Check out the details below:

MARCH 7: MUSICAL CONCERT; sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and Gourisankar Karmakar on tabla; presented by Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); 5 to 8 p.m.; Broward County Main Library Auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; $40 VIP and $30 general; for information, call (954) 885-1466, email apaiart@comcast.net or visit http://www.apaiart.com

MARCH 8: MUSICAL CONCERT; sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla; presented by Shruti AIM and India Cultural Center at ICC, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 to 9 p.m.; $20 for students with ID, $40, $60; for tickets, call (813) 549-9288, visit www.shrutiaim.com or email shrutiaimtampa@gmail.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

2015 Holi festival celebrations in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Bartow/Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando/Casselberry/Debary, Alachua, Space Coast (Titusville), Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, South Florida (Fort Lauderdale)

March 1, 2015

Good afternoon:

Here are some of the Holi 2015 celebrations coming up in Florida:

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

MARCH 4 AND MARCH 8: PHAGWAH CELEBRATIONS; Holika burning at 6:30 p.m. on March 4; Phagwah celebrations on March 8 at 12:30 p.m.; Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir, 16220 Livingston Ave., Tampa; for information, call Prem Pooram at (813) 968-3504 or Raj Singh at (727) 709-8354.

MARCH 4 AND MARCH 7: HOLI; Holika Dahan at 7 p.m. on March 4; Holi or Phagwah celebrations at 2 p.m. on March 7; Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., Tampa; for information, call Nick Ramlal at (813) 334-0443 or e-mail nramlal@hotmail.com

MARCH 5: HOLIKA; 6 p.m.; organized by Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for details, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685, email ambajitemple@gmail.com or visit www.ambajimandir.org

MARCH 7: HOLI MELA; starts at 5 p.m.; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; for information, call (813) 221-4482.

MARCH 7: RANGPANCHAMI CELEBRATION; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); for information, visit http://www.mmtbusa.org/

MARCH 8: HOLI; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa (MLK Boulevard entrance); natural colors available for purchase; free to GSTB members, non-member $15, seniors $10; fee includes snacks and lunch; nominal parking fees; for information, call Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

BARTOW/LAKELAND/DAVENPORT

MARCH 4: HOLI; organized by the Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida; Mary Holland Park, North Broadway Ave., Bartow; 7 p.m. onward; $25; for information, call Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit www.bscfl.com

MARCH 7: LET’S PLAY HOLI; presented by Lil Buddy’s West Indian Store; 2 p.m.; 123 Ridge Center Drive, Davenport; for information, call (407) 350-8231.

OCALA

MARCH 8: HOLI PICNIC; organized by India Association Cultural & Educational Center; for details, call Samuel Patidar at (352) 873-4519, email iaocalafl@gmail.com or visit www.indiaocala.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/DEBARY

MARCH 4: HOLIKA DAHAN; 7 to 8 p.m.; Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 574-8044 or visit www.durgasaitemple.org

MARCH 5: HOLI FESTIVAL; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; Holi bonfire will be set up on temple grounds and traditional ceremony from 6:30 p.m.; Holi puja items will be available for purchase; HSCF Hindu Temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Mahesh Kapadia at (407) 902-8634 or e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org

MARCH 7: HOLI; organized by Indian Cultural Society of Orlando; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, Debary; free; for information, call (407) 603-1333 or email icsocfl@gmail.com

MARCH 8: DHULETI; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; starts at 11 a.m.; Bill Frederick at Turkey Lake Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; for information, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MARCH 8: HOLI CELEBRATION; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Shri Shiv Dham Hindu Temple and Yogashram, 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 380-2661, e-mail ymcco@yahoo.com or visit www.shivtemple.net

March 8: HOLI 2015; organized by Indian Horizon of Central Florida and Lotus Group Insurance; Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; free; $10 parking; for information, call Hari Singh at (321) 662-1887.

ALACHUA

APRIL 4: HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS; 3 to 7 p.m.; Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua; $10 adult admission; children younger than 5 years of age free; live music, food and lots of colors; for information, call (386) 462-2017 or visit www.festivalofcolorsfla.com

SPACE COAST (TITUSVILLE)

MARCH 8: HOLI ’15; organized by the India Association of the Space Coast (IASC); Fox Lake Park, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville; 2 to 7 p.m.; for fee and other information, call (321) 288-7717, email rajconnect13@gmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

DAYTONA BEACH

MARCH 7: HOLI CELEBRATIONS; organized by Indian Cultural Society of Daytona; Bethune Point Park, 101 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach; 2 to 5 p.m.; for information, call ICS President Sangeetha Bhoola at        (386) 527-0855 or Vice President Rita Patel at (386) 795-0008 or visit http://www.icsdaytona.com

JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 5: HOLI CELEBRATIONS; Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630 or visit http://www.hsnef.org/

SOUTH FLORIDA (PEMBROKE PINES)

MARCH 8: HOLI PICNIC; organized by Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC); C.B. Smith Park-Shelter No. 19, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for pricing information, call (954) 543-1539, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit www.irccflorida.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

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

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

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

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

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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813-758-1786

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

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

 

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

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

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

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

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

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

 

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

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786


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