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Prospective brides and grooms, forget those online matrimonial sites full of promises. Instead, here’s your opportunity to find the perfect person, face-to-face! Florida Hindu Matrimonial (FLHM), a first-of-its-kind event, will be held Sept. 14-15 in Tampa.

The event was conceived as a far-off idea by Devyani and Nainan Desai and Malti Pandya. This year, the group has brought the concept to fruition with the backing of K. Venkataram of Hindu Family Support Services.

“The goal was to make finding a life partner more personal than the current online/app based forums which are repetitive and informal,” says organizer Pooja Pandya. “Unlike similar events that have come before it, Florida Hindu Matrimonial is open to all Hindus, Jains and Sikhs regardless of caste, language, or regional background.”

Single men and women between the ages of 24 and 45 are encouraged to register to meet each other and "swipe right in person.” The benefits that come from an event like this are endless but mainly, participants have the opportunity to meet in person and converse, says Pooja. “This allows for a better first impression and true connections. Having been to similar events, I can honestly say that I am more excited for FLHM because the format is different. Rather than the same old speed-dating, the organizing team has a lot of unique and fun ideas and a more modern mindset.”

This two-day program starts Friday evening, Sept. 14, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport hotel, 555 N. Westshore Blvd. The program will consist of variety of segments so that attendees can connect with one another. Registration is open until Sept. 1; visit For more information, call (769) 241-0674. 


IACCThe Indian American Chamber of Commerce-Orlando (IACC) is accepting nominations for awards recipients, for its ninth annual awards gala, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the all-new Intermodal Terminal Facility at Orlando International Airport. This is a “cannot miss it” opportunity to make connections with some of the most influential business leaders in Central Florida.

The IACC is accepting nominations until Aug. 22 in the following categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Service of the Year, Female Business Professional of the Year and Male Business Professional of the Year.

The gala starting at 6:30 p.m. will be at a new location, the Intermodal Terminal Facility at Orlando International Airport, 1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd. It will feature a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres, dinner, entertainment and awards presentations.

 “Our ninth annual awards gala will recognize the accomplishments of outstanding business leaders. We want everyone in our community to know who is making a difference in Central Florida,” said Yog Melwani, IACC president. “Entrepreneurs, who deliver superior services and results, drive innovation. That in turn creates jobs and more prosperity in our community.”

For more information, visit

3rd Annual Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival AUG. 26

Shruti Foundation will present its third annual Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Hindu Temple of Florida Auditorium, 5509 Lynn Road. The family friendly event will showcase musicians and dancers from Carnatic and Hindustani backgrounds, bringing both North and South Indian audiences together in celebration of India’s rich, traditional music culture.

It will feature maestro Ustad Irshad Khan (sitar), Saraswathi Ranganathan (Carnatic Veena), Indradeep Ghosh (Hindustani violin) Megaraja Rao Venupuri (Mridangam), Shankh Lahiri (tabla), and Madhuri Gudla and Group (Kuchipudi dance). The festival runs from 4 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 3:30) and Indian food vendors will be available.

General admission is $35, VIP $60, and kids 12 and under and students with ID are $15. Early bird discount tickets are available

For information, call (813) 435-8086 or email

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