JULY 2014
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

CHINMAYA’S TEJOMAYANANDA TO PRESENT FREE TALKS IN ST. AUGUSTINE, ORLANDO, TAMPA, MIAMI

Swami Tejomayananda, head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, will present a series of spiritual discourses and lectures in four Florida communities. Swamiji is a world-renowned author and composer of more than 200 books, hymns and devotional songs. One of his key contributions, “Hindu Culture: An Introduction,” has been adopted as a reference text in some U.S. high schools. He excels in expounding with insight, simplicity and wit on the Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam and the Upanishads.

Here is the agenda for this month in Florida:

ST. AUGUSTINE: Swamiji will begin his Sunshine State tour from July 17-18 at the Chinmaya Mission, 6175 Solano Creek Road, Elkton/St. Augustine area. For details on the discourse, call (904) 692-4121 or visit www.chinmayamissionstaugustine.org/

ORLANDO: Next up will be the Casselberry/Orlando area from July 19-22. The discourses from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, will be on “Gyana Yagna (Glories of Lord Krishna).” Chinmaya Mission is at 1221 Florida Road, Casselberry. For details, call (407) 699-7331 or visit www.chinmayamission.org/orlando

TAMPA: From July 23-24 in Tampa, Swami Tejomayananda will present “Ramayana: Your GPS on the Road of Life (Vision of Ramayana).” The lectures will be 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Carrollwood Country Club clubhouse, 13901 Clubhouse Drive. For information, call (813) 949-3091 or visit www.chinmayamission.org/tampa

MIAMI: The last stop will be July 25-27 in Miami with “Ramayana: Your GPS on the Road of Life (Purajana Gita). The free talks will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There also will be a “Tips for Happy Living Workshop” from 9 a.m. to noon followed by lunch on Sunday for which tickets can be purchased online. The workshop will be at DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center, Upper Level Ballrooms, 711 N.W. 72 Ave., Miami. For information, call (305) 279-8456 or visit www.chinmayamission.org/miami

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HEMA MALINI AS ‘DURGA’ TAKES STAGE JULY 13 IN JACKSONVILLE

If you missed Hema Malini present the goddess “Durga” dance ballet in Coral Springs or Orlando last month, you have one more opportunity. The world-renowned Bharatanatyam dancer will be performing in the Jacksonville area on Sunday, July 13. Thank the Hindu Society of North East Florida for organizing this fundraiser to benefit the temple.

Stunning costumes, music and accomplished dancers add to this live mythological spectacular. A first-class dancer in the Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi styles, Malini is renowned worldwide for her interpretation of Durga. The choreography is based on the charitas (stories) from the Devi Mahatmaya and also from the common folklore of Sati, Parvati and Durga. The ballets by her company, Natyavihar Kalakendra, have thrilled millions of viewers.

The 5 p.m. performance will be at held at the University of North Florida, Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Tickets start at $35. For information, call the mandir at (904) 268-7630 or Ramesh Vedula at (989) 400-3531 or visit www.hsnef.org/


SHREYA GHOSHAL CONCERT AUG. 9 IN FORT LAUDERDALE

At just 30 years of age, her list of accomplishments is unbelievable. She has won the National Film Award, Filmfare Award and IIFA Award for Best Female Playback Singer, several times over.

It was with “Devdas” that Shreya Ghoshal launched her career as a playback singer and since then there has been no looking back with film songs recorded in not just Hindi but also Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. She has sung hit songs in “Guru,” “Jab We Met,” “The Dirty Picture,” “Raanjhanaa” and “Aashiqui 2.”

And now the melodious and talented Ghoshal is re-visiting Florida once again, this time in Fort Lauderdale. She will be presenting a musical concert from 8 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $39. For information, call (954) 590-0955, (954) 749-3221 or visit www.parachaentertainment.com

As of press time, the Fort Lauderdale concert is the only confirmed venue in Florida.

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