Archive for February, 2015

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.

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NITISH S. RELE

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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

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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

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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.

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NITISH S. RELE

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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

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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

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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

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