FEBRUARY 2020
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EKAL CONCERTS SET FOR TALLAHASSEE (FEB. 16), OCALA (FEB. 21), TAMPA (FEB. 22), ORLANDO (FEB. 23), Lakeland (FEB. 28), HOLLYWOOD (FEB. 29), JACKSONVILLE (MARCH 1)

Ekal Vidyalaya Tallahassee, Ocala, Tampa, Orlando, Lakeland, Hollywood (South Florida) and Jacksonville chapters are set to hold their annual donor appreciation musical concert featuring “Bharat Ke Rang Ekal Ke Sang: to be performed by Ekal volunteers and teachers from India.

The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (www.ekal.org) strives for holistic development of villages through empowerment of tribal and rural communities in India with basic education, digital literacy, skill development, health awareness, learning modern and productive agricultural practices, and rural entrepreneurship. As a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, Ekal supports and runs non-formal one-teacher schools operating on a minimal $1-a-day budget in India. Ekal has reached the goal of 100,000 schools in as many villages and has received the prestigious Gandhi Peace award.

Having reached the initial goal, its roadmap for the next three years will be enabling the 100,000 villages to become self-sufficient by 2022 through Integrated Village Development (IVD), initiative comprising of e-siksha (digital education) at primary schools, e-health/telemedicine, vocational education providing employable skills training for youth, poshan vatika/nutritional garden and farmer's education.

 

TALLAHASSEE

Sunday, Feb. 16: Lee Hall Auditorium, 1601 MLK Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; for information, call Santosh Dixit (850) 559-1080.

OCALA

Friday, Feb. 21: India Cultural Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala; 8 p.m.; for information, call Nagesh Kohil (352) 427-1542, Anju Vasudevan (352) 239-2532 or Nand Kumar Karve (352) 237-3084.

TAMPA

Saturday, Feb. 22: India Cultural Center (ICC), 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; for information, call Dr. Umesh Choudhry (727) 507-0584, Dr. Jawahar Taunk (727) 480-3829 or Dr. Chandresh Saraiya (813) 309-0647.

LONGWOOD/ORLANDO

Sunday, Feb. 23: Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; for information, call Suresh Gupta (407) 619-1500, Nishikant Goswami (407) 421-2920, or Tino Patel (407) 579-5050.  

LAKELAND

Friday, Feb. 28: Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; for information, call Nilesh Patel (863) 853-9315, Hiren Patel (863) 255-8008 or Abhay Shah (863) 709-8335.

HOLLYWOOD (FORT LAUDERDALE/GREATER SOUTH FLORIDA) Saturday, Feb 29: Coral Springs High School, 7201 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs; dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program will be from 7 to 10; for information, call Nirupama Kasam: (954) 235-8853, Senthil Kumar 786-245-1959, or Ravi Chitepu (954) 937-9338.

JACKSONVILLE

Sunday, March 1: Bolles Middle School (Park Auditorium), 2264 Bartram Road, Jacksonville; 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for information, call Dilip Kothekar (904) 537-6472, Krishna Hanchate (904) 568-9141.


WEST PALM BEACH INDIAFEST FEB. 15

The 17th annual IndiaFest, put together by Palm Beach India Association, will be on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. Admission is free.

According to organizers, IndiaFest is a way to celebrate the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of India with the South Florida community. Over the past decade, IndiaFest has become one of the premier events in South Florida, with more than 20,000 people in attendance.

The daylong outdoor event, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature a yoga session by Rassika Sabine Bourgie; musical, dance and cultural performances; essay competition; food, clothing, jewelry, henna and craft vendors; performances by UF Gator Garba and UCF Knights Kangna; and art exhibits. Headline entertainment will be by Shweta Subram, a Canadian Bollywood playback singer.

Meyer Amphitheater is at 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. For details, visit http://www.sfindiafest.org/ or e-mail info@sfindiafest.org


SHRUTI TO HOLD EAST-WEST MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL FEB. 23 IN TAMPA

Story provided by Shruti Foundation

Shruti Foundation will hold the East-West Music & Dance Festival Sunday, Feb. 23. The noon to 6 p.m. event, taking place for the first time at Water Works Park, 1710 N. Highland Ave., will bring together (200 dancers and musicians) eastern and western artists from the Tampa Bay community and beyond.

The festival will feature group performances with a spotlight on Indian flavors inspired by the choreographer Shivali Vyas and her dance company Spinning Canvas. Over 100 dancers of different styles of folk dance and music from the Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra and southern regions will take the stage. Other eastern-styled performances together with western musical and dance acts will combine to form a smorgasbord of cultural music and dance.

Also performing will be the Indian fusion Wahh World Fusion Band; Kafkasso – Mediterranean band; Bomba Body Dance & Drum Company – Afro-Puerto Rican dance and drumming; and Maurice Allen & Friends – jazz and more. The family friendly event featuring multicultural activities, food vendors and a kids play area is supported by a special events partnership grant from the Cultural Arts Commission, part of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

The non-profit Shruti Foundation is dedicated to promoting Indian and world culture in Tampa Bay through music and dance, community events and festivals. The riverfront Water Works Park offers a large bandshell for performances, open space, covered and shaded picnic area, a playground and splash pad for children.

Vendors specializing in ethnic food, jewelry, regalia and art are urged to participate. Tickets are $10 in advance (www.shrutifoundationtampa.org) or $15 the day of the festival. Special discounts are available for large groups. For more information, call (813) 549-9288.

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