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  MELBOURNE, GAINESVILLE TO HOLD INDIA FESTIVALS


The 2006 India Fest in Gainesville.
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Who says the festival season is over? In fact, it’s just beginning, at least in Melbourne and Gainesville, the two cities holding India Festivals in February and March respectively.

MELBOURNE: More than 8,000 people are expected to drop in Feb. 17-18 (also President’s Day weekend) at the Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne to celebrate the 11th Indiafest, presented by Manav Mandir and supported by the Indian Association of the Space Coast, according to organizer Yasmin Majeed.

GAINESVILLE: The India Fest in Gainesville will be held Saturday, March 3, at Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium V, 3000 N.W. 83rd St. About 5,000 people are expected to attend the daylong festivities, which also will include a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., said organizer Shaheda Qaiyumi. The Health Fair will offer free screenings for Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, asthma, blood pressure, body fat measurement, etc. A blood test and cholesterol screening and other tests (prostate and thyroid) will be offered for a low fee.
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NC Karunya of “Indian Idol 2” fame.
KARUNYA TO PERFORM AT TAMPA HINDU TEMPLE FUNDRAISER FEB. 24
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

You saw him endless times on Sony TV’s “Indian Idol 2.” Now, you can see the runner-up of the popular reality show in person on Feb. 24 in Tampa.

NC Karunya will perform on that day at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, for a fundraiser to benefit the Hindu Temple of Florida.

Since his “Indian Idol” days, Karunya has sung for the hit “Lage Raho Munnabhai,” two songs for the Hindi film “Jai Santoshi Maa,” as well as for several Telugu films.
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HIT THE SOUTH BEACH BHANGRA FLOOR MARCH 3


Story provided by Phulorida Bhangra

After the overwhelming success of the last three years, Phulorida Bhangra Inc. will present South Beach Bhangra 2007, Miami’s international bhangra competition to celebrate the high-energy style of dance of Northern India.

On March 3, 12 dance teams from all over North America – including Cornell Mundey, Doaba Arts Club, Duniya All Stars, Gator Bhangra, Mera Punjab, MSU Bhangra, RU Bhangra, Sher Foundation, Surrey India Arts Club, UBC Girlz Bhangra Team, Hurricane Bhangra and Panther Bhangra – will take the stage at the Jackie Gleason Theater for the Performing Arts in Miami Beach. They will be competing for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.
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COLUMN: OUT & ABOUT IN FLORIDA


OUT & ABOUT IN FLORIDA
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Opening a new store or restaurant? Expanding or relocating? Has your business won an award or a mention in your local newspaper? We want to hear from you as Khaas Baat kicks off yet another new column to meet the rising needs of businesses and our readers. Call Nitish S. Rele at (813) 758-1786 or e-mail us at editor@khaasbaat.com

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AN EVENING WITH DEEPAK CHOPRA

Date: Sun, Mar.25, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price: $35.50, $45.50 and $100.00 VIP seating with meet-and-greet before the show.
Venue: Morsani Hall @ the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center



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