Archive for January, 2015

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

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2015 India Republic Day celebrations in Lauderhill (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville

January 6, 2015

Good evening readers:

Here are a few of the Florida 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. 25, 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. 18, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with cooking/rangoli competition, commercial exhibits and youth essay writing. Flag hoisting will be at 1:30 p.m. followed by cultural programs. Booths by member associations in respective regional languages will be set up. Food/vendor booths will be day long. For more information, call FIA President Dr. Kotha Sekharam at (813) 792-2646, e-mail fiatampa@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. 25, in the HSCF Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. There will be a cultural program and speeches by guests. Indian snacks, tea/coffee will be served. Entry is free with prior RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com by Jan. 22. For more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259.

GAINESVILLE: The India Cultural & Education Center in Gainesville will celebrate India’s Republic Day from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 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

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

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2015 Makarsankrant (kite flying), Lohri, Uttarayan, Pongal festival in Boca Raton (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando/Apopka, Bartow/Winter Haven, Sarasota/Bradenton, Ocala, Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach, Melbourne (Space Coast area)

January 6, 2015

Dear readers:

Here are a few of the Florida communities gearing up to celebrate the 2015 festival of kite flying, which also is known as Makar Sankrant, Uttarayan, Lohri and Pongal.

BOCA RATON: The Punjabi Association of South Florida will hold Lohri from 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road; members are $20; non-members are $22; children 6 to 12 years are $10; for information, call Renu at (954) 384-2217, Usha at (561) 523-8665 or visit http://www.thepunjabiassociation.org

TAMPA: The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. The Samaj will sell kites and thread. Use MLK entrance. Free for Samaj members. Non-members $15 and seniors are $10. Nominal parking fee is payable by all. Snacks and lunch will be served. For more information, call Manish Patel at (813) 270-9896 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

Also, the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB) will hold its annual Makar Sankrant program on Saturday, Jan. 17. For details, call (813) 351-9110 or visit http://www.mmtbusa.org/

And on Tuesday, Jan. 13, Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will hold a Lohri/Makarsankrant puja at 8 p.m. For information, call the temple at (813) 221-4482.

Also, Ambaji Mandir will hold Vishnu Sahasranama at 10 a.m. 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

SARASOTA/BRADENTON: The Gujarati Association of Manasota will hold its Uttarayan celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Free for members, $10 for non-members. For information, call Rina Patel at (941) 518-3462 or visit www.gujaratiassociationofmanasota.com

ORLANDO: The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan on Sunday, Jan. 11. Venue is yet to be determined. For details, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/gujaratisocietycfl

Pongal/Makara Sankranthi will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry. For details, call Mahesh Kapadia at (407) 902-8634 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

The Orlando Marathi Mandal will hold its Makar Sankrant event on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. at Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. On the agenda are volleyball, cricket, soccer, football, badminton and, of course, kite flying. Mandal members are free; non-members $10; for information, email orlandomarathi@yahoo.com or visit http://orlandomarathi.com/

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN: The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, 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 Sunday, Jan. 18, 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 set its Kite Day Picnic from noon to 3 p.m. for Saturday, Jan. 10, at Bethune Pointe Park, 101 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach. For more information, call Sangeetha Bhoola at (386) 527-0855 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. 18, at 7575 W. Highway 520, Cocoa. For information, call (321) 271-6162, e-mail samirporda@yahoo.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

Enjoy the festivities and be safe!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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813-758-1786