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Shekhar Sen in “Kabeer.”
“KABEER” COMES TO TAMPA ON APRIL 28
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

“Kabeer,” a mono-act musical play by Shekhar Sen, will be staged Saturday, April 28 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa. Divine Shakti Foundation of Rishikesh is presenting the show to benefit the building of a home for abandoned children just south of Rishikesh, on the banks of the river Ganges.

The orphanage home has the blessings of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, inspirer, guide and visionary of the monumental “Encyclopedia of Hinduism Project.” According to Divine Shakti Foundation, the project will take orphaned and abandoned girls from India and Nepal and bring them to a place where they will be cared for as well as given the physical, emotional and spiritual springboards to live full, productive and positive lives.

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Nandkishor Muley on the santoor.
MUSICIAN NANDKISHOR MULEY PERFORMS APRIL 28 IN MELBOURNE
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Musician Nandkishor Muley and his group Maitri will perform a 2˝-hour concert April 28 in Melbourne. The evening of Indian, Jazz and Oriental music will benefit “Ma” Krupa Charitable Foundation, a Brevard County-based organization set up in 2001.

“Our charter includes medical, educational and social charities in USA and India,” said its Vice President Dr. Mahesh Soni. “We have sponsored this concert with Indian Association of Space Coast (IASC), which is a social organization belonging to Indian community of Brevard County since 1990.”

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CHINMAYA MISSION OF ORLANDO CELEBRATES HERITAGE OF INDIA


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The tinkling of ankle bells started off the eighth annual Taste of India performances. Stepping on the stage was Shreya Narayanan who gave a graceful rendition of Mohini Attam. This lyrical dance was part of the Kaleidoscope of Dances on March 17, organized by the Chinmaya Mission of Orlando.

Since 1999, this group has held the event to showcase the rich culture of India and highlight the fundamental principle of unity among all groups. The other important reason is to give the youth of the Chinmaya Mission a forum to show their talent, honed by years of study of the various Indian dance forms.
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TAMPA BAY’S CHANDANI DESAI DOES FLORIDA PROUD
By SHEPHALI JOSHI RELE



Chandani Desai
Chandani Desai, 20, of Largo was named first runner-up in Zee Cinestars talent contest in India on March 10. The aim of the show was to find two potential Hindi film stars.

From 10,000 initial applicants, Desai was selected as one of 60 participants and then chosen as one of 24 semi-finalists on the show, which aired for several months on Zee TV. As part of the competition, the semi-finalists lived for six months in a hotel with other participant as a roommate. During that time, they got to meet their parents only once a week.
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By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

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