AUGUST 2018
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

significant dates

AUG. 15: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY

AUG. 17: PARSI NEW YEAR

AUG. 25: THIRU ONAM

AUG. 26: RAKSHA BANDHAN

 

EVENTS

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

AUG. 3: “SOORDAS;” mono-act musical Hindu play written, composed, sung and acted in by Shekhar Sen; free; donations accepted for Sanatan Mandir; 8 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (813) 298-5037.

AUG. 5: “ARE WE LISTENING?” open discourse between college students and their parents about the challenges and expectations of college life (panel discussion with professional counselors, college students and their parents); presented by PEHCHAAN; 3 to 5 p.m.; Carrollwood Cultural Center ‘The Studio’, 13345 Casey Road, Tampa; free; RSVP at (813) 720-7115 or email pehchaantampabay@gmail.com

AUG. 7: “RANG RANGILA GUJJUBHAI;” Gujarati comedy play presented by Parimal Butala; 7:30 p.m.; Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave.; tickets start at $25; for information, call Parimal Butala at (813) 892-8197.

AUG. 12: EID BAZAAR; presented by Islamic Society of Tampa Bay (ISTABA); 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa; noon to 7 p.m.; food, clothing vendor booths; kids activities; for information, call Yasmeen Terniker at (813) 390-2842.

AUG. 15: ICC SENIORS GET-TOGETHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no age restriction; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or (813) 863-3048.

AUG. 18: “KERALEEYAM;” annual cultural extravaganza presented by Malayalee Association of Central Florida (MACF) to celebrate Onam; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; daylong program starting at 9 a.m.; for information, call Sheela Shaju at (813) 765-5458 or visit www.macftampa.com

AUG. 18: “SRI VENKATESWARA VAIBHAVAM; Kuchipudi dance recital; presented by Madhuri School of Dance; 5 p.m.; Theatre 1, University of South Florida, 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa; $25, $50; net proceeds benefit Vegesna Foundation and End 68 Hours of Hunger; for sponsorship/donation, call (813) 215-7370.

AUG. 19: Grand Chitravina concert; performer is Vishaal R. Sapuram, student of Sangita Kalanidhi Vidwan N. Ravikiran; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5 p.m.; organized by Swaralaya; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

AUG. 25: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO’S 56th INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS; dinner and dance; guest of honor will be former PM Kamla Persad Bissessar; Embassy Suites by Hilton, Tampa USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd.; $75 per person, $140 couple; must RSVP; call (813) 760-2191 or email letsunite2018@gmail.com

AUG. 25: “KALYANA SRINIVASAM;” Kuchipudi ballet; created by Padma Shri Dr. Shobha Naidu; presented by Srishti Dance Academy; free; 4 to 6 p.m.; Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel; for information, call (201) 253-5983 or email info@srishtiacademy.com

AUG. 26: 3rd TAMPA BAY INDIAN MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL; presented by Shruti Foundation; 4 to 8 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida auditorium, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; performers are sitar maestro Ustad Irshad Khan, Kuchipudi dance by Madhuri Gudla and group; among others; tickets start at $35; students/12 years and younger $15; for information, call (813) 435-8086.

TiE TampaAUG. 30: TiE NETWORKING MIXER; organized by The Indus Entrepreneurs Tampa chapter; mingle with startup founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, technology professionals, scientists, inventors, mentors and investors; free for TiE members, $10 non-members; free drinks/appetizers; Franklin Manor Restaurant, 912 N. Franklin St., Tampa (parking in William F. Poe Parking Garage, 800 N. Ashley Drive); 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; register at https://tampa.tie.org

SEPT. 8: “JAGAT PAVANI GANGA;” dance/music/theatre program presented by AIM for SEVA; 6 p.m.; USF School of Dance, Theatre 1, 3837 USF Holly Drive, Tampa; free admission; donations welcome; for information, call Kala Gangadharan at (732) 485-3410 or RSVP aimstampa@gmail.com

SEPT. 14-15: FLORIDA HINDU MATRIMONIAL; Tampa Bay’s first annual matrimonial meet & greet; Embassy Suites by Hilton, 555 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa; for information, call (769) 241-0675 or visit https://flhm.hfssusa.org

sept. 15: Grand Carnatic vocal concert; performer is O.S. Arun; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5 p.m.; organized by Swaralaya; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

SEPT. 29-OCT. 6: Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Bhakti Gyaan Yagya (Mool Bhagwat); performed by Aacharya Ramesh Mehta with blessings from Pujya Rameshbhai Oza; presented by Friends of India Tampa Bay; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, call Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747 or Ramesh Mehta at (813) 453-9334.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/OAKLAND/LAKE MARY

AUG. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: AAPI YOGA THERAPY; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

AUG. 4, 11, 18, 25: HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION CLASSES; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 9 to 10 a.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

AUG. 5: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP MEET; maze of Medicare talk by Jyoti Pande, licensed sales representative at UnitedHealthcare; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; chess, playing cards; for details and to RSVP, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

AUG. 8-12: BHAGAVAD GEETA DISCOURSE; presented by Chinmaya Mission Orlando; chapter 12 discourse conducted by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda; Kaivalya Hall, 1221 Chinmaya Way, Casselberry; 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8-11 and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 12; for information, visit www.chi nmayaorlando.org

SEPT. 16: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; noon to 5 p.m.; free admission, parking; several booths to showcase latest trends and products for weddings; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

FORT MYERS

SEPT. 16: FREE CONCERT; presented by RAAGA; vocal, devotional music by playback and Carnatic singer O.S. Arun; Fort Myers Event center, 1900 Park Meadows Drive; 3:30 p.m.; for information, call (239) 634-6668.

SOUTH FLORIDA (OAKLAND PARK, WESTON, FORT LAUDERDALE, DAVIE)

THROUGH AUG. 5: HINDU HERITAGE YOUTH CAMP; lessons about success according to the Gita, indoor/outdoor games, arts/crafts; $25 per camper ages 6 and above; Shiva Mandir, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; register at www.fhosm.org

AUG. 12: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; Bonaventure Resort & Spa, 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston; noon to 5 p.m.; free admission, parking; several booths to showcase latest trends and products for weddings; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

AUG. 25: Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI) 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY; festivities include Satyajit Ray movie “The Music Room” screening, Surbahar and Sitar Concert and dinner; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; for tickets, visit https://www.browardcenter.org/events/detail/apai-celebrating-20-years-of-indian-classical-music-dance

AUG. 26: RAKSHABANDHAN CELEBRATION AND BOWLING PARTY; organized by the Indian Regional & Cultural Center; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; SpareZ Bowling Arena, 5325 S. University Drive, Davie; free for current members and $15 per person for non-members; family membership is $50, non-members $15 per person; pizza and soda will be provided; for information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit www.irccflorida.com

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to editor@khaasbaat.com by the 20th.

Disclaimer: Event details are subject to change. Please check with local organizers.

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