Archive for January, 2014

Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple in Orlando completes 3 years; celebration on Jan. 26, 2014

January 24, 2014

Dear readers:

Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple in Orlando will be completing three years. There will be a celebration on Jan. 26 at Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, which starts at 11 a.m. For information, call (407) 437-6709 or e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com

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NITISH S. RELE

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Sanatan Mandir in Tampa to celebrate 25 years on Jan. 25, 2014

January 24, 2014

Dear readers:

Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate its 25-year anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 25. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. Devotional music will be presented by renowned musician Shankhachur Lahiri. There also will be a presentation of the current/future activities of the mandir. For information, call the temple at (813) 221-4482.

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NITISH S. RELE

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Ticketmaster: IIFA 2014 Tampa tickets go on sale Jan. 14

January 13, 2014

Dear readers:

According to Ticketmaster, online ticket sales to IIFA 2014 to begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 14). Here’s the link:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/iifa-awards-tampa-florida-04-26-2014/event/0D004C2D94326A79?artistid=1611809&majorcatid=10005&minorcatid=0

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NITISH S. RELE

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Winter Medical Conference for AAPI, MSRF, YPS set Jan. 17-19 in Miami

January 12, 2014

Dear readers:

Organized by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Medical Student, Resident and Fellows section (MSRF) and Young Physicians Section (YPS), the Winter Medical Conference will be held Jan. 17-19 at Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami. Registration is $50 for MSRF and $100 for YPS members. To register, visit http://aapiyps.nationbuilder.com/

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NITISH S. RELE

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Jain Vishwa Bharati Orlando 18th Annual Family Camp Jan. 17-19, 2014

January 12, 2014

Dear readers:

The Jain Vishwa Bharati Orlando 18th Annual Family Camp will be held from Jan. 17-19, 2014. Cost is $275 per family costs cover program participation, accommodation and meals. The camp will be at Howard Johnson Plaza, Orlando North, 230 W. State Road 436, Altamonte Springs. For information, call Jain Vishwa Bharati at (407) 852-8694, Devang Chitalia at (352) 394-2625, e-mail jainvishwa1@gmail.com or visit www.jainvishwabharati.org

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NITISH S. RELE

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Tampa INDO-US Chamber of Commerce business & Networking Event Jan. 15, 2014

January 12, 2014

Dear readers:

The INDO-US Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly business & Networking Event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Speaker is Dr. Topher Morrison. Venue is Homeowners Choice Insurance Building (5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa); free; dinner will be served and no RSVP required. For information, visit www.indo-us.org

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NITISH S. RELE

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IIFA Weekend & Awards to be held April 24-26, 2014, in Tampa

January 7, 2014

Dear readers:

Last summer, it was announced that Tampa would be the venue for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend & Awards in 2014 leading to much excitement for Indian film lovers in Florida. After much anticipation, the dates and itinerary were made public: April 24-26. IIFA will be making its debut in the United States where fans and enthusiasts of Indian cinema from around the world can expect to see their favorite stars descend into Tampa during the weekend and witness one of Indian Cinema’s largest events unfold in the city.

A tremendous demand for tickets is expected and played a part in venue selections.

  • Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25, there will be an IIFA Global Business Forum at Tampa Convention Center.
  • Thursday evening is the IIFA Rocks concert at the USF Sun Dome.
  • Friday night, the IIFA Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards will be held at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
  • The main event, IIFA Awards, will be on Saturday, April 26, at Raymond James Stadium.

And the next question on everyone’s mind, how to get tickets. A multi-city press conference is expected in mid-January to reveal the ticket sale information. Join us on facebook or visit www.khaasbaat.com for the latest details as they are announced. For more information, visit http://www.iifa.com

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NITISH S. RELE

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Tampa ICC (India Cultural Center) Seniors Get-to-Gather (8-year anniversary) set Jan. 15, 2014

January 7, 2014

Dear readers:

The India Cultural Center (ICC) Seniors Get-to-Gather (eight-year anniversary) will be Wednesday, Jan. 15, at ICC, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the agenda is a free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement. For information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

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NITISH S. RELE

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2014 India Republic Day celebrations in Lauderhill (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Fort Myers

January 5, 2014

Dear readers:

Here are some of the 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. 26, 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. 26, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. This year’s theme is “100 Years of Indian Cinema.” Sports competition from 8:30 a.m. kick off the program followed by a cooking competition at 11. Cultural/youth program will be from 1 followed by flag hoisting and chief guest speech at 2:30. There also will be a cultural program from 4 to 7 p.m. Booths by member associations in respective regional languages will focus on “100 Years of Indian Cinema.” Food/vendor booths will be day long. For more information, call FIA President Ravi Narayanan at (813) 760-0323, e-mail fiatampa2014@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. 26, in the HSCF Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. There will be a cultural program, speech by Dr. Piyush Agrawal of Miami, Indian snacks, tea/coffee. Entry is free with prior RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com by Jan. 23.

GAINESVILLE: The India Cultural & Education Center in Gainesville will celebrate India’s Republic Day from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 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

FORT MYERS: The India Association of Fort Myers will hold its Republic Day picnic on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Lakes Regional Park, Shelter C-1, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. For more information, e-mail ranjugeorge@aol.com or visit www.iafortmyers.org

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NITISH S. RELE

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2014 Makarsankrant (kite flying), Lohri, Uttarayan, Pongal festival in Lauderhill (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando/Apopka, Bartow/Winter Haven, Sarasota/Bradenton, Ocala, Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach, Melbourne (Space Coast area)

January 5, 2014

Dear readers:

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

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. 26, 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 Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. The Samaj will sell kites and thread. There is free entry and free parking for Samaj members. Refreshment snacks and lunch will be served. Food will be provided by the Samaj. For more information, call Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

Also, the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB) will hold its annual Makar Sankrant program on Saturday, Jan. 25. For details, visit http://www.mmtbusa.org/

And on Saturday, Jan. 18, Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Lohri from 4 p.m. For information, call the temple at (813) 221-4482.

On Jan. 14, the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, in Tampa will celebrate Makarsankrant with Surya Pooja at 10 a.m. For information, call the mandir at (813) 962-6890.

Also, Ambaji Mandir will hold a Makar Sankranti Puja 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

Vishnu Mandir in Tampa will celebrate Makarsankrant on Jan. 14. The temple is at 5803 Lynn Road. For information, call Dr. Sadhana Ramcharran at (727) 798-4258 or MJ Jaimangal at (727) 946-8144.

SARASOTA/BRADENTON

The Gujarati Association of Manasota will hold its Uttarayan celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. It is free for members and $10 for non-members. Kites will be available for purchase. For information, call Vishal Doshi at (941) 914-5878, Rina Patel at (941) 518-3462 or visit www.gujaratiassociationofmanasota.com

ORLANDO/APOPKA

The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Apopka City Athletic Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka. The event is free for 2013 society members; non-members pay $20. For more information, call Dipti Smart at (321) 695-4422, Rupal Shah at (407) 355-3521, e-mail info@gujaratisocietycfl.com or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

Pongal/Makara Sankranthi will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry. For details, call (407) 699-5277, e-mail hscf@hintempleorlando.org, or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

The Orlando Marathi Mandal will hold its Makar Sankrant event on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. at Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. On the agenda are Limbu-Chamcha, Rassi Khech, volleyball, cricket, soccer, basketball, badminton and, of course, kite flying. Mandal members are free; non-members pay $10; for information, call (321) 947-7777.

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN

The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 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 Jan. 12, 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 tentatively set its Kite Day Picnic for Saturday, Jan. 11. For more information, call (386) 795-0008, e-mail icsdaytona@gmail.com 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. 12, at 7575 W. Highway 520, Cocoa. For information, e-mail vipulpatel66@gmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

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