Posts Tagged ‘Tampa’

Karthik Kumar’s ‘Blood Chutney’ standup special takes stage Nov. 12 in Tampa

November 6, 2017

Dear readers:

Karthik Kumar is back with a third solo standup special called “Blood Chutney” — Main Dish Comedy! Side Dish Blood! The Tamil standup comedian will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

According to the show’s promotion:

“Carrie Fischer said ‘Take your broken heart and make it into Art.’

Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu said ‘For me Blood means for you Chutney-aa?’ KK says ‘What was my Blood will flow like Chutney – Main Course Comedy, Side Dish Blood’

Blood Chutney is Comedy Catharsis, and is KK’s third Comedy Special after “#PokeMe” and “Second Decoction.”

It is a stand-up comedy special born out of difficult personal situations. An effort to make you believe that all tragedy is just an opportunity for positive thinking.”

For tickets, visit http://www.bloodchutney.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

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2017 Diwali festivities continue in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale (IRCC)

October 29, 2017

Dear readers:

Here are the 2017 Diwali festivities that continue in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale in November:

TAMPA BAY AREA

About 1,800 to 2,000 people are expected to attend Diwali 2017 organized by Telugu Association of Florida, Tampa Bay (TAF) on Saturday, Nov 11, at Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Hall, 4800 U.S. 301, according to its President Bhanu Dhulipalla. TAF, Tampa Bay was the first Telugu organization formed in Florida in 1997. Its goal is to promote the Telugu culture, traditions, and language to pass onto future generations. This year, TAF completed 20 years in Tampa. Ace comedian and movie actor Ali will perform along with popular anchor Sandhya Madduri at the celebrations, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call Bhanu Dhulipalla at (813) 362-4925, Prakash Madabhushi at (813) 928-8736, or visit http://taftampa.com/

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

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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813-758-1786

30th annual Tampa India Festival to be held Nov. 4, 2017

October 13, 2017

Dear readers:

The 30th annual India Festival in Tampa, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2017. It will as always be at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. For information, call (813) 385-8544 or visit http://www.indiafestivaltampa.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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813-758-1786

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

 

Vulcal holds Diwali sale Oct. 8 in Tampa

October 8, 2017

Good morning:

Vulcal Boutique is holding a Diwali sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Clarion Hotel, 2701 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa. For information, call Amita Patel at (407) 718-4737.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Gujarati folk singer Atul Purohit to perform Oct. 13 in Tampa

October 7, 2017

Dear readers:

Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will support Sharad Poornima Garba by well-known Gujarati folk singer Atul Purohit at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Purohit’s music genes are garba, sugam sangeet, bhajans and his influences are folk, Hindustani classical, bhajan and sufi. Formed by Purohit in 1992, the Rutambara Group is one of the major attractions at United Way of Vadodara. It is said to have the largest gathering of people during Navratri. Considering the huge crowd that it attracts every year in Vadodara, organizers have applied for Guinness Book of World Records for the highest attendance at a venue. For tickets and other information, call Nishat Pathak at (203) 919-0444 or visit http://www.gujaratisamaj.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee to speak at Tampa INDO-US chamber meeting May 18, 2016

May 15, 2016

Dear readers:

The INDO-US Chamber of Commerce in Tampa will hold its Business & Networking Event on May 18, 2016. Guest speaker is Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee. The event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is free and will be held at HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit http://www.indo-us.org

See you all there!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

‘Bal Gandharva: Remembering Natya Sangeet Legend concert April 17 in Tampa

April 10, 2016

Good afternoon:

Swaradhana will present “Bal Gandharva: Remembering Natya Sangeet Legend” on Sunday, April 17, 2016 in Tampa. Vocalist Pandit Anand Bhate will be accompanied by Aditya Oak on harmonium and Prasad Padhye on tabla. The concert will be at Arbor Greene Community Center, 18000 Arbor Greene Drive, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person till April 13; thereafter, $35; to buy tickets, visit http://www.swaradhana.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Swami Mukundananda presents free discourses in Jacksonville (April 2-7), Miami (April 9-15), Tampa/St. Petersburg (April 16-24)

April 6, 2016

Dear readers:

Renowned spiritual leader Swami Mukundananda is touring Florida this month (April 2016) to present discourses in English, as well as yoga and meditation. A Vedic scholar and senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji, Mukundananda has held discourses throughout the world for devotees dedicated to achieving true, unlimited bliss in all aspects of life. For more information about the Jagadguru Kripalu Yog, visit http://www.jkyog.org

JACKSONVILLE
APRIL 2-7: “GROW FROM WITHIN TO SUCCEED IN LIFE;” Hindu Society of North East Florida (HSNEF), 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; for information, call Sonia Shahani at (904) 429-3803.

SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI)
APRIL 9-15: “THE ESSENCE OF SPIRITUALITY;” Miami Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 9851 S.W. 168 St., Miami; 4 to 7 pm. Saturday-Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; followed by dinner; for information, call Sarada Premmaraju at (860) 605-3683.

TAMPA
APRIL 16-21: “GROW FROM WITHIN TO SUCCEED IN LIFE;” Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5 to 8 pm. Saturday-Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; followed by dinner; for information, call Sushma Srivastava at (727) 490-2298 or (727) 743-1183.

ST. PETERSBURG
APRIL 22-24: “FLORIDIAN RETREAT WITH SWAMI MUKUNDANANDA;” Days Inn St Petersburg North, 5005 34th St. N., St. Petersburg; $250 per adult and $125 per child; for information, call Sushma Srivastava at (727) 743-1183 or (904) 962-9378.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

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813-758-1786

Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Tampa fundraising gala on Oct. 10, 2015

October 7, 2015

Dear readers:

Presented by Hindu American Foundation, the annual Tampa fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10. The keynote speaker is comedian Rajiv Satyal. The event will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. (gourmet Indian vegetarian appetizers and dinner) at Clarion Conference Center & Hotel Tampa, 2701 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for students. For information, email haftampa@gmail.com or visit http://www.hafsite.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786