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2017 Diwali festivities set in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Coral Springs), Orlando/Casselberry, Tampa/Pinellas Park, Inverness, Bartow/Winter Haven/Lakeland, Gainesville, Fort Myers/Bonita Springs, Melbourne (Space Coast) and Jacksonville

October 8, 2017

Dear readers:

Here are the Florida communities holding Diwali 2017 celebrations:

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK

Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay is hosting a Diwali Dinner with Bollywood entertainment and Annual Election on Saturday, Oct. 21, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. The event, which begins from 4 p.m., is free to GSTB members; non-members are $25 per person. Everyone is requested to report first to Jain Temple next door for registration, election vote and check-in. For information, call Ravi Patel at (727) 692-6399, Ajit Shah at (813) 373-9726 or visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will hold Dhanteras Mahalaxmi Pujan at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Diwali Puja will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. New Year Annakut will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. For more information, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit http://www.ambajimandir.com

Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa, will hold Dhanteras Mahalaxmi Pujan at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Diwali Puja will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. New Year Annakut will be at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. For information, call (813) 444-9786.

Sanatan Mandir in Tampa will hold Dhan Teras/Laxmi Puja at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Gujarati New Year Bhajan Sandhya will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. The mandir is at 311 E. Palm Ave. For information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit www.ourmandir.org

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir will hold Chopda Pujan and Diwali on Oct. 19. Annakut Darshan will be from noon till 7 p.m. (aarti every hour) on Oct. 20. BAPS is at 9556 E. Fowler Ave. in Thonotosassa. For details, call (813) 986-5473.

Rajasthani Association of Tampa Bay will hold its Diwali celebration on Oct. 21. For participation and other details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

Hindu Temple of Florida in Tampa, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa will hold Lakshmi Pooja at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. Mahalakshmi abhishekam will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20. Deepavali cultural program will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the temple hall followed by fireworks and mahaprasad. For information, call (813) 962-6890.

Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., in Tampa, will hold its annual Diwali from 6 p.m. Oct. 14. The program includes songs, music, dance and drama. For information, call (813) 334-0443.

Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB), a not-for-profit organization for promoting Marathi culture, will celebrate Diwali from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at HCC Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa. The event is free for MMTB members and $20 for non-member adults and $10 for children above 10 years. For information, call Rajan Pednekar at (813) 546-1330, Aishwarya Pednekar at (813) 546-1331 or visit http://www.mmtbusa.org

SOUTH FLORIDA

FORT LAUDERDALE: The Indian Regional and Cultural Center will hold its Diwali festivities from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The program will include Bollywood, folk, classical music and dance, IRCC Children Show, and dance competitions. Other attractions are food, fashion, jewelry, arts and crafts, henna, yoga, kids’ zone and raffle prizes. For information, call Sanjay Gupta, CPA, at (954) 461-4003, Dr. Durgesh Thaker at (954) 554-8739, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit www.irccflorida.com

PALM BEACH: And the Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Diwali on Oct. 21. The venue is yet to be confirmed. For details, e-mail info@gopbia.org or visit www.gopbia.com/

CORAL SPRINGS: Also, the 10th annual Divali Nagar will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Coral Springs Sportsplex, 2575 Sports Plex Drive, Coral Springs. Entrance is $5 adults, kids under 5 are free; parking is $5. For information, call (954) 846-9895 or visit http://www.divalinagar.us

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry will celebrate Diwali and Annakut on Oct. 21 with a cultural program from 4 p.m. followed by fireworks and mahaprasad. For information, call (407) 699-5277, e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org, or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

Indian Cultural Association of Orlando will hold its fourth annual Diwali Gala dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 7 at The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, 2974 International Parkway, Lake Mary. Tickets are $30 per person. For information, call Raj Patel at (407) 335-0485 or visit http://www.icsocfl.com

Orlando Marathi Mandal will be celebrating Diwali on Oct. 29 at the Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. For details, e-mail orlandomarathi@yahoo.com or visit http://www.orlandomarathi.com

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando, will have Kids Diwali celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 14. Diwali and Chopda pujan will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Annakut the next day. For information, call (407) 857-0091.

Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate a Diwali Jalsa Night from 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando. There will be social hour, dinner and entertainment. Early bird special for society members is $65 per person; non-members are $130 per person; for information, call (407) 374-3470 or visit http://www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

Association of Asian Cultural Festivals will present its 20th annual free Diwali Mela from 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola, 101 Rosalind Ave., Orlando. For more information, call Lallman Persaud at (407) 202-2161 or e-mail lmpersaud@aol.com

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN/LAKELAND

Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Diwali at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294 or visit www.bscfl.com

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO), 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, will hold Family Funday (free entry) on Oct. 8, Kali Chaudas (Hanumanji Poojan) from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 18, New Year’s Aartis Oct. 20 and Annakut from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21. For information, call (863) 687-4776 or visit www.issolakeland.org

INVERNESS

Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, will celebrate Deepavali on Oct. 19 and New Year’s Day the next day. For timings and other details, call (352) 860-2181.

FORT MYERS/BONITA SPRINGS

India Association of Fort Myers will celebrate Diwali from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 21 at Southwest Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. For information, visit www.iafortmyers.org

GAINESVILLE

Indian Student Association at University of Florida will hold its Diwali show on Oct. 27 at Curtis M. Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville. Doors open at 6 and the “The Evolution of Bollywood” themed show begins at 6:30. For information, call Isha Kothari at (904) 716-0440 or email ufisadiwali@gmail.com

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST)

The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Diwali and annual dinner from 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. For more information, call (321) 271-7072 or visit www.iascbrevard.com

Manav Mandir will hold Diwali celebration/Lakshmi Puja at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19, and Annakut the next day. The temple is at 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne. For information, (321) 426-0668, email admin@mmbrevard.org or visit www.mmbrevard.org

JACKSONVILLE

Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Diwali on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Morocco Shine Center Auditorium, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. Doors open at 3:30 with entertainment from 5 followed by dinner and dancing. For tickets and other information, call (904) 307-8420 or visit www.gsnef.org

Also, Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville will hold its Diwali party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Morocco Shine Center Auditorium, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Road S. There will be food, dance and music. For tickets and more information, text (904) 329-5838 or visit http://www.jaxics.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

 

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Gujarati play ‘Umar Chhe Antique Pan Dil Chhe Romantic’ takes stage April 17 in Orlando

April 10, 2016

Dear readers:

Gujarati Society of Central Florida will present a Gujarati comedy play “Umar Chhe Antique Pan Dil Chhe Romantic” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. It stars TV actors Apara Mehta and Firoz Bhagat. The drama is free for society members; $35 for non-members. For information, visit http://www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

2015 Navratri (Garba/dandiya raas), Durga Puja (Durga Pujo), Dusehra/Dushera/Dassera in Orlando/Casselberry/Lake Mary; Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, (South Florida); Tampa/Pinellas Park, Ocala/Belleview, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Melbourne (Space Coast), Bartow/Winter Haven/Lakeland

October 4, 2015

Here are some of the Florida communities celebrating Navratri/garba/raas in 2015:

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK
The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Navratri on Oct. 16, Oct. 23-24, and Oct. 31 at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. The Samir Date and Dipalee Somaiya group and Khelaiya Group will perform. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is free for Samaj members; seniors and students are $10 and adults are $15. Dandiya will be available for purchase and parking is $10 per car. For more information, call GSTB President Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.
The Sanatan Mandir at 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Navratri beginning Oct. 13 with Durga Puja daily from 6 to 8 p.m. Dussehra celebrations will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. For details, call the temple at (813) 221-4482, email info@sanatanmandirtampa.org or visit http://www.sanatanmandirtampa.org
Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will celebrate Navratri with daily garba at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 13-22. Dusshera will be celebrated on Oct. 23. For more information, call the Mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit http://www.ambajimandir.org
Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir will hold Navratri celebrations daily from Oct. 13-23 with garba singing/dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be a Sri Mahalaxmi Havan from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir is at 4615 George Road, Tampa. For information, call the temple at (813) 444-9786.
SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay) will hold Durga Puja on Oct. 23-25 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Lakshmi Puja will be on Nov. 1 at Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. For details, e-mail Soikotflorida@gmail.com or visit http://www.soikot.org
Telangana Association of Florida will hold Bathukamma (Dussera celebrations) from 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Lettuce Lake Park (shelters 2 and 3), 6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. For information, call Veena at (813) 476-9508.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/LAKE MARY
The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will hold Navratri Garba on Oct. 9-10, Oct. 16-17, and Oct. 23-24 at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood. Admission is free for Gujarati society members; $30 per day for non-members and $15 for students with ID. For information, call (407) 460-2020 or visit http://www.gujaratisocietycfl.com/
The Indian Cultural Society of Orlando will hold Navratri Raas Garba on Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Lake Mary High School, 655 Longwood Lake Mary Road, Lake Mary. It is free for cultural society members. For information, call Chandresh Patel at (407) 721-5878 or visit http://www.icsocfl.com
The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple will present Navratri Garba and live music Raas and garba from Oct. 13-22 in the community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Snacks will be available at the canteen stall. Dussehra celebration will be from 5 p.m. on Oct. 24. For more information, call Mahesh Kapadia at (407) 902-8634, e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org or visit http://www.hindutempleorlando.org
And Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will present free Garba Night from 8 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at Jewish Community Center Hall, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando (which is close to the temple). For information, call (407) 437-6709 or e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com

SOUTH FLORIDA
FORT LAUDERDALE: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 17 and Oct. 23-24 at Silver Trail Middle School, 18300 Sheridan St., Fort Lauderdale. IRCC members pay $10 per day, non-members are $15 and seniors are $5. For information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit http://www.irccflorida.com
PALM BEACH: The Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Navratri/Garba at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17. For venue and other information, e-mail president@gopbia.com or visit http://www.gopbia.com

BARTOW/LAKELAND/WINTER HAVEN
The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Navratri at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9-10, Oct. 16-17, and Oct. 23-24 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294, Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit http://www.bscfl.com

OCALA/BELLEVIEW
The India Association Cultural & Educational Center will hold Navratri from 9 p.m. on Oct. 16-17, Oct. 21 and Oct. 23-24. For details, call (352) 873-4519, visit http://www.indiaocala.org or e-mail iaocalafl@gmail.com

GAINESVILLE
The Gujarati Samaj of Gatorland in Gainesville will celebrate Navratri on Oct. 16-18, Oct. 21, and Oct. 23-24 at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St., Gainesville. The event is free for Samaj members; $10 for non-members and $5 for non-member students. For details, email gujaratisamajofgatorland@gmail.com

JACKSONVILLE
The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate free Raas-Garba night from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 10 (Raawal Brothers to perform).
Also, GSNEF will celebrate Absolute Navratri on Oct. 16-17 (Dhoom Unlimited) and Oct. 23-24 (Sachin Limaye and group). Daily tickets are $10. Venue for all events is Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville. For more information, visit http://www.gsnef.org

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST)
The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Navratri celebrations from 7 to midnight Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 at Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail patidar7@hotmail.com or visit http://www.iascbrevard.com
Also, Manav Mandir temple, 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne, will begin Navratri, Garba and Amba Puja at 7:30 p.m. daily from Oct. 13 for nine days. Durga Ashtami Havan will be on Oct. 21 and Dassera on Oct. 22. For information, call (321) 426-0688 or visit http://www.mmbrevard.org

Enjoy the festivities!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

TiECon Florida 2015 – A Celebration of Entrepreneurship set Oct. 3 in Tampa

October 1, 2015

Good evening readers:

TiECon Florida 2015 – A Celebration of Entrepreneurship will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at The Westin Tampa Harbour Island, 725 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. followed by entertainment. Register at www.tieconfl.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Miss India Florida Pageant Oct. 3-4, 2015, in Tampa

October 1, 2015

The Miss India Florida Pageant is back again and bigger than ever. This year’s pageant will be a red carpet event with celebrities, and Indian women representing their heritage, culture and Florida for the largest international ethnic pageant: Miss India Worldwide. With the addition of Mrs. and Miss Teen, the pageant promises to be an entertaining event, hosted at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The pageant weekend will begin with a Talent Night on Oct. 3 at the USF Oval Theater, followed by a celebrity dinner with stars such as Bollywood legend Shatrughan Sinha and actor Somy Ali. The main event is on Oct. 4 at the USF Theater 1, 3839 USF Holly Drive.

To register and purchase tickets to the show, visit www.missindiaflorida.us

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786