Archive for March, 2014

Vidya Balan makes first IIFA appearance in Florida; IIFA Magic of the Movies/Technical Awards night tickets go on sale March 15

March 14, 2014

Dear readers:

Making her first visit to Florida, Vidya Balan was in Tampa today to promote upcoming IIFA celebrations this April 23-26. Speaking at a press conference at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Balan said she felt welcomed by the people of Tampa and looks forward to lifetime memories being made here. “IIFA believes in one people, one world, and brings us closer….this time with IIFA being in Tampa Bay, it’s going to be the best so far.” Deepika Padukone was the latest name announced as one of the IIFA Awards performers. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s music will be highlighted at Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards (on Friday, April 25, at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre), tickets for which go on sale at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com March 15. Prices range from $75 to $750, plus taxes and fees. Organizers also announced that nearly 20,000 tickets have been sold so far for the main event on Saturday, April 26, at Raymond James Stadium. A new block of tickets for awards night will go on sale tomorrow. Balan later made an appearance at Eat at Joe’s lunch & concert party at Chillura Courthouse Square Park in downtown, where well over a 100 fans had gathered to catch a glimpse of the award-winning superstar.  Khaas Baat interviewed Vidya Balan. Look forward to our April issue for the one on one.

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NITISH S. RELE

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Organizers: IIFA Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards tickets go on sale March 15

March 11, 2014

Dear readers:

IIFA today announced tickets sales opening soon for IIFA Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards to be held on April 25 at The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards will feature music, dance and awards, with performances by Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Farhan Akthar, Bipasha Basu and a special musical act by Pritam.  Lest we forget, sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also will be presenting a concert. Saif Ali Khan and actor-comedian Vir Das will host the evening. Organizers say tickets will be sold through www.ticketmaster.com on March 15.

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NITISH S. RELE

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Vidya Balan to visit Tampa and Orlando on Friday, March 14, to promote IIFA

March 11, 2014

Dear readers:

Vidya Balan will join the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) on a four city tour (New York, Houston, Tampa and Orlando) this week promoting IIFA celebrations in Tampa April 23-26. She will visit the Sunshine State this Friday. If you’re free around lunchtime in downtown Tampa, head over to Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park (at Kennedy Boulevard and Pierce Street), where she is scheduled to make a public appearance after noon. Also, Niti Shah of Tampa and her dance troupe will present a Bollywood flash mob. Balan will then travel to Orlando where she will make an appearance at a hotel. We are told that the Orlando event is by invitation only. Balan is an accomplished actress who has won acting honors for her work in many films since her 2005 debut with “Parineeta,” including “Paa,” “Ishqiya,” “The Dirty Picture,” and “Kahaani.”

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NITISH S. RELE

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Tampa INDO-US chamber golf tourney on March 7

March 6, 2014

Dear readers:

INDO-US Chamber of Commerce will hold its 12th annual Golf Tournament on Friday, March 7, at Cheval Golf & Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz. Registration and lunch will be at noon with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Register online at http://www.indo-us.org

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NITISH S. RELE

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Melbourne Indiafest 2014 (presented by Manav Mandir) set for March 8-9

March 6, 2014

Dear readers:

Manav Mandir will present its annual Indiafest 2014 on Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, at Wickham Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. Timings are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 12 and under and kids younger than 5 years are free. For information, call Yasmin Majeed at (321) 720-8590, e-mail info@indiafestbrevard.org or visit www.indiafestbrevard.org

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NITISH S. RELE

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Kevin Spacey to headline IIFA Masterclass April 26 at Hilton Downtown in Tampa

March 5, 2014

Dear readers:

Here’s another update for you. Renowned actor Kevin Spacey will lead an acting workshop at Hilton Downtown from noon to 1 p.m. on April 26 during the 15th Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend in Tampa. Vidya Balan will participate on behalf of Bollywood in the workshop, which is one of the myriad sub-events that takes place during the weekend April 24-26, where keen participants attempt to delve into the minds of masters from world’s most flourishing and prolific entertainment industries: Hollywood and Indian film industry. In addition to his Academy Award® winning performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty,” as well as memorable performances in “Seven,” “Beyond The Sea” and his most recent role as Francis Underwood in “House of Cards”, Kevin Spacey has a rich history in the theater world and has been the Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theater Company in London for the last decade. For the workshop, he will join other dignitaries from both film fraternities who will share their profound insights and valuable opinions on a variety of subjects relating to cinema.
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NITISH S. RELE

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Alisha’s Creations in Tampa moves to new location

March 4, 2014

Dear readers:
Alisha’s Creations in Tampa has moved to a new location. The boutique is now at 1517 E. Fowler Ave., Suite C, Tampa (behind Taco Bell near 15th Street). For directions or questions, call (813) 500-0366 or visit https://www.facebook.com/AlishasCreation

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NITISH S. RELE

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2014 Holi (festival of colors) celebrations in Tampa/Pinellas Park, Bartow/Lakeland, Ocala/Belleview, Orlando/Casselberry, Alachua, Fort Myers, Titusville/Melbourne, Jacksonville, South Florida (Pembroke Pines)

March 3, 2014

Dear readers:

Happy Holi!

Here are the Florida communities celebrating Holi (festival of colors) on March 17, 2014.

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK

MARCH 16: 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); free for GSTB members; non-members pay $15 and non-member seniors are $10; for information, call Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767(727) 534-3767 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

MARCH 15: HOLI; celebrated by the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 p.m.; for information, call (813) 962-6890(813) 962-6890.

MARCH 15: HOLI; starts at 4 p.m.; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; for information, call (813) 221-4482(813) 221-4482.

MARCH 22: Rajasthani group of Greater Tampa Bay area to hold Holi picnic; for details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172(813) 962-4172.

MARCH 16: HOLI; 5:30 p.m.; organized by Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for details, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685(727) 388-6685, email ambajitemple@gmail.com or visit http://www.ambajimandir.org

MARCH 16-17: HOLI DAHAN AND HOLI; Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Dr. Sadhana Ramcharran at (727) 798-4258(727) 798-4258 or MJ Jaimangal at (727) 946-8144(727) 946-8144.

MARCH 22: RANGPANCHAMI CELEBRATION; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); for information, visit http://www.mmtbusa.org/

BARTOW/LAKELAND

MARCH 16: HOLI; organized by the Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida; Mary Holland Park, North Broadway Ave., Bartow; 6:30 p.m. onward; $25; for information, call Subhash S Patel at (863) 648-0294(863) 648-0294, Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942(863) 293-0942 or visit www.bscfl.com

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

MARCH 16: HOLI/DOLUTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936(973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729(352) 568-5729.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

MARCH 16: HOLI FESTIVAL; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; Holi bonfire will be set up on temple grounds and traditional ceremony from 6 to 9 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(407) 902-8634 or e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org

MARCH 16: DHULETI; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; starts at 11 a.m.; Turkey Lake Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; for information, call Chaitanya Patel/Pallavi Patel at (407) 306-0906(407) 306-0906.

March 16: HOLI 2014; organized by Indian Horizon of Central Florida and the Indian Majestic Sounds; Orlando Festival Park by Primrose, 2911 E. Robinson St.; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; free; for information, call Hari Singh at (321) 662-1887(321) 662-1887 or Gopaul at (407) 520-7394(407) 520-7394.

ALACHUA

APRIL 12: HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS; noon to 4 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(386) 462-2017 or visit www.festivalofcolorsfla.com

FORT MYERS

MARCH 16: 2014 HOLI PICNIC; organized by the India Association of Fort Myers; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Lakes Regional Park, Shelter B1, 7330 Gladiolus Drive; for information, e-mail ranjugeorge@aol.com or visit http://www.iafortmyers.org

SPACE COAST (TITUSVILLE)

MARCH 16: HOLI; organized by the India Association of the Space Coast (IASC); Fox Lake Park, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville; 2 to 7 p.m.; for information, call (321) 302-1870(321) 302-1870, email iascbrevard@gmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 16: HOLI; celebrated at the Hindu Society of North East Florida temple, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630(904) 268-7630 or visit http://www.hsnef.org/

SOUTH FLORIDA (PEMBROKE PINES)

MARCH 23: HOLI PICNIC; organized by Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC); C.B. Smith Park-Shelter No. 6, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for information, call (954) 543-1539(954) 543-1539, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit www.irccflorida.com

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NITISH S. RELE

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