Archive for February, 2014

Growing Tampa Indian-American community spotlighted in Tampa Bay Times article

February 23, 2014

Dear readers:

Here’s an article on the growing Indian-American community in Tampa by the veteran writer Patty Ryan in the Feb. 23 Tampa Bay Times.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/bollywood-oscars-visitors-will-find-growing-indian-american-community/2166888

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Advertisements

IIFA 2014 holds news conference in Mumbai; Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Hrithik Roshan, Bipasha Basu to perform; Vidya Balan, Ranveer Singh to attend; Sai Ali Khan to host Technical Awards

February 18, 2014

Dear readers:,

It can’t get any better than this. Khaas Baat was the only publication that attended the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) press conferences, both in Tampa last month, and in Mumbai on Feb. 18. Also present at the Mumbai conference were Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, County Commissioner Al Higginbotham and Visit Tampa Bay CEO Santiago Corrada, as well as Tampa Bay hosts Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel. Here’s the update:  Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Hrithik Roshan and Bipasha Basu will be performing at the IIFA Awards. Shiamak Davar is choreographing the performances. Also on the attendee list are Vidya Balan and Ranveer Singh. Saif Ali Khan will be hosting the Technical Awards on April 25. Nominations are expected to be announced soon. For the latest photos from the Mumbai press conference, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Khaasbaat.Florida

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

2014 Ekal Vidyalaya fundraisers set in Jacksonville (Feb. 28), Tampa (March 1), Orlando (March 2), Ocala (March 14), Lakeland (March 15) and Tallahassee (March 16)

February 11, 2014

Dear readers:

Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, Lakeland and Tallahassee will hold their annual Ekal Vidyalaya fundraisers (www.ekal.org) in February and March. Performing at the concerts in Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando/Longwood will be Kathak dancer Aditi Bhagwat and group. Gracing the Ocala, Lakeland and Tallahassee fundraisers will be lead singer Vibhavari Yadav of the Vibhavari group.

Programs by Aditi Bhagwat:

JACKSONVILLE: The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Bolles Middle School (Bartram Campus), 2264 Bartram Road. For information, call Sarath Kuravi at (904) 287-8334 or (904) 537-7200.

TAMPA: Bhagwat and her troupe will perform from 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. For information, call Dr. Umesh Choudhry at (727) 434-0446 or (727) 507-0584.

ORLANDO/LONGWOOD: The Central Florida city will hold its fundraiser on Sunday, March 2, at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood. For time and other information, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 352-2889.

Programs by Vibhavari Yadav:

OCALA: The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at India Association Cultural & Educational Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave. For details, call Dr. Nand Kishore Karve at (352) 237-3084 or e-mail karven@hotmail.com

LAKELAND: The fundraiser will be held from 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple hall, 2793 New Tampa Highway. For details, call Nilesh K. Patel at (863) 853-9315.

TALLAHASSEE: Yadav ad group will perform from 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Lee Hall Auditorium, 1601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For information, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Poornima Puja Feb. 14 at Shree Raam Mandir in Tampa

February 11, 2014

Dear readers:

A Poornima Puja will be held Feb. 14 at Shree Raam Mandir in Tampa. The temple is at 7411 E. Comanche Ave., Tampa. For information, call Nick at (813) 334-0443 or Angela at (813) 265-3268.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Walk-For-Cord Feb. 16 in Miami

February 11, 2014

Dear readers:

Organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami, Walk-For-Cord will be held Feb. 16 in Miami at Metrozoo, 12400 S.W. 152nd St., Miami, from 11 a.m. to noon registration/lunch followed by walk till 2. Cost is $25 per person. To pre-register, visit www.cmmiami.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Tampa Sanatan Mandir to hold groundbreaking on new building Feb. 22, 2014

February 11, 2014

Dear readers:

Tampa’s Sanatan Mandir, which celebrated its 25-year anniversary in January, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, Feb. 22, for construction of a new temple building. The ceremony for the 10,600-square-foot proposed building will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All existing deities will be moved to the new temple with five sikharas (rising towers). A state-of-the-art audio visual system will be installed in the new temple. As a result, the present mandir will be converted into a community hall for family occasions. It also will have a professional-level kitchen. Sanatan Mandir is at 311 E. Palm Ave. To donate or become a sponsor, call (813) 221-4482 or visit www.ourmandir.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Deepak Chopra Live: The Future of Well-Being takes the stage Feb. 23, 2014 in Tampa

February 10, 2014

Dear readers:

Deepak Chopra Live: The Future of Well-Being takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. Tickets range from $35-$100. For information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Tampa INDO-US chamber to hold Business & Networking Event on Feb. 19, 2014

February 10, 2014

Dear readers:

INDO-US Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business & Networking Event: EB-5 Investment – New Sources for New Businesses and Development on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The free event will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Homeowners Choice Insurance Building (5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa). Dinner will be served and no RSVP required. For information, visit www.indo-us.org

Regards

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

11th annual Indiafest in West Palm Beach set Feb. 22, 2014

February 10, 2014

Dear readers:

The 11th annual Indiafest organized by Palm Beach India Association will be held Feb. 22 in West Palm Beach. The free event starts at 11 a.m. There will be musical, dance and cultural performances; food, clothing, and craft vendors; and art exhibits. It will be at Meyer Amphitheater, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. For details, visit www.sfindiafest.com or e-mail info@sfindiafest.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Gujarati play “2 Idiots” to be staged Feb. 16 in Tampa

February 10, 2014

Dear readers:

The Gujarati play “2 Idiots” has been organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay from 5:30 p.m. at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. The drama is free for GSTB members; non-members pay $15. For information, call GSTB President Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

Regards

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786