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AUG. 11: COLLEGE READINESS WORKSHOP; presented by PEHCHAAN; open discourse between college students and their parents about the challenges and expectations of college life (panel discussion with professional counselor, students and parents); Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; free; for information, call (813) 720-7115 or email

AUG. 17: ONAM CELEBRATIONS; organized by Malayalee Association of Tampa (MAT); Onasadiya (traditional Kerala meal) along with other cultural festivities like intergenerational Thiruvathira dance, Karshaka Sree (best gardener/ home organic farming) award, traditional (Thallapoli ) procession and Chenda Melam on the agenda; Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Community Center, 2620 Washington Road, Valrico; chief guest is Judge Juli Mathew; for information, call MAT President Shiny Jose Kizhakkanadiyil at (863) 447-0807 or email

AUG. 21: 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. 24: “SUR AND TAAL;” fusion of Kathak and flamenco featuring Ely Cardenal and Sudeshna Maulik; presented by Asian Cultural Association; 7 p.m.; USF, 3837 Holly Drive, Tampa; $25; for information and tickets, call ACA at (407) 333-3667, Arunima Bagui at (813) 298-5689 or visit

SEPT. 7: 4th TAMPA BAY INDIAN & WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL; presented by Shruti Foundation; 1 to 6 p.m.; HCC Brandon Campus, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; Abhik Mukherjee and K.V. Mahabala on sitar, African Kora artist Morikeba Kouyate, vocalists Samarth Nagarkar, flamenco guitarist Don Soledad and flamenco dancer Tammy Miller, Jay Gandhi on bansuri flute, Shankh Lahiri and Shouri Lahiri on tabla and Anindita Nanda performing an Odissi dance; tickets start at $35 and VIP $60; students/12 years and younger $20; early bird discount tickets are available at; for more Information, call (813) 549-9288.

SEPT. 14-15: FLORIDA HINDU MATRIMONIAL; Tampa Bay’s second annual matrimonial meet & match; two separate events for two different age groups: 26 to 39 years old and 40 years and above; register by Aug. 31; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email, text (769) 241-0675 or visit

OCT. 13: AKSHAY PATRA TAMPA BENEFIT GALA; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5:30 p.m.; keynote speaker will be master chef, Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor; for tickets/sponsorship, contact Dr. Dilip Mehta at (727) 455-9222 or email or visit

NOV. 2: 32nd ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; for information, visit


AUG.3, 10, 17, 24, 31: 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

AUG. 4: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP MEET; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; 1:30 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free game of bingo with prizes, carom, chess and cards will also be played; Indian snacks and tea/coffee; RSVP required at

AUG. 7, 14, 21, 28: 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

SEPT. 2 TO SEPT. 8: SHRI GANESH MAHOTSAV; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; on Sept. 2, Ganesh Sthapana and Pooja will begin at 5:30 p.m.; on Sept. 8, from 3:30 p.m., there will be cultural programs, Ganesh Pooja, Visarjan and Mahaprasad; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

SEPT. 15: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP CELEBRATION OF GRANDPARENTS DAY; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 12:30 p.m.; free and everyone is invited; pizza, salad, ice cream, cultural program; deadline is Sept. 8 for essays invited from elementary, middle and high school students; small cash prizes to be awarded; also, on-the-spot drawing competition; for contest rules and details, email; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259.

SEPT. 21: 10th ANNUAL AWARDS GALA; organized by Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC); cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment; awards presentation; $150 per person; 6:30 p.m.; Fields Motorcars, 2202 33rd St., Orlando; for details, visit

OCT. 12-14: “BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: 25th ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL”; presented by Enzian and Asian Cultural Association; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; for details, visit or call (407) 333-3667.


ONGOING THORUGH OCT. 13: “THE FABRIC OF INDIA;” The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; exhibit of historical dresses, carefully preserved fabrics and cutting-edge fashion organized by Victoria and Albert Museum; as part of the celebration, on Sept. 19, internationally-known musician DJ Rekha will present a bhangra dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard; tickets are $15 or $13.50 for members and include Art After 5 admission; for information, call (941) 359-5700 or visit


THROUGH AUG. 4: 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

AUG. 11: “TAD BHARATHAM – THAT IS INDIA;” presented by Association of Performing Arts of India; performance by the Abhinava Dance company and its 10 members; 6 p.m.; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive; tickets from $35 to $125 can be purchased online at or call (954) 344-5990.

AUG. 25: 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

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to by the 20th.

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