JULY 2013
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SHANKAR EHSAAN LOY CONCERT JUNE 29 IN TAMPA

By NITISH S. RELE, editor@khaasbaat.com

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the only Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema concert in Florida, set for Saturday, June 29, in Tampa.

Presented by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Charitable Foundation and Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (FAPI), the charitable and themed “Be Fit – Be Cool” performance looks to promote childhood obesity awareness. “The obesity cause is so near and dear to all Americans as well as Indian Americans,” said event convener Dr. Haravu Lokesh, a pediatrician. “Little do we realize that 1 out of 3 children in the United States are obese. Most of overweight children become overweight adults.”

Obesity is the No. 2 cause of preventable death. “Along with obesity comes diabetes, which increases the chance of a heart attack six times and stroke by four times,” said Dr. Lokesh. “Unless parents are involved, we cannot make much headway in creating awareness. So, if we don’t nip the bud, we are in for difficult time.” A significant portion of proceeds from the concert will go to adopting and fund programs in U.S. schools, such as educational material and training.

The musical trio of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa has composed music for more than 50 films in several languages, including “Mission Kashmir,” “Dil Chahta Hai,” “Kal Ho Naa Ho,” “Bunty Aur Babli,” “Taare Zameen Par,” “My Name Is Khan,” “Don 2: The King is Back,” recently Kamal Hassan’s “Vishwaroopam” and the upcoming Marathi film “Lokmanya.”

The 8 p.m. show will be at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. For tickets, which start at $49, or more information, call (407) 308-5595; for VIP tickets and sponsorship, call Dr. Vipul Kabaria at (813) 789-4369, Dr. Haravu Lokesh at (727) 542-7358, or visit www.parachaentertainment.com and www.aapiregionalconference.org

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Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza TO PRESENT shrimad bhagwat katha june 30-july 7 in Orlando

By Shobana Daniell

Bhaishri Rameshbhai OzaFloridians will have a unique opportunity to hear discourses by Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza, an internationally renowned spiritual educator, on Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Yagna (in Hindi) from June 30 to July 7 in the Hindu Society of Central Florida temple community hall in Casselberry/Orlando.

Bhaishri, as he is popularly known, is one of the leading spiritual mentors to millions of Hindus, like a brother helping his siblings to find peace and self-realization. He also is founder of the Sandipani Vidyaniketan. He believes that education based on Vedas helps all lead ethical lives. The motto of his school is “Come to gain spiritual knowledge, leave to serve people.”

The Shrimad Bhagwatam teaches the philosophy of liberation through the narration of the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu; the 10th volume of the Shrimad Bhagwatam narrates the story of Lord Krishna. It was written by sage Ved Vyasa. The Bhagwatam covers all topics of social, political and economic systems; it is a blueprint for the liberation from sorrow, fear and attachment and the ultimate moksha of the soul. Knowledge and devotion are the path of Advaita Vedanta – the realization that God is within us.

Katha timings are 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from July 1-5, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 6 and 9 a.m. to noon on July 7. The temple is at 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry.

The weeklong event has been put together and supported by several local Hindu leaders and organizations. Planning began in full swing two months ago with area leaders and volunteers, who are making arrangements, including hotel accommodations, shuttle buses, parking, food, etc. For sponsorship opportunities, call Hasmukh Mistry at (407) 257-3816. Entry is free, but reserved seats are available for a nominal charge. For more information about event, call Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224, visit www.hindutempleorlando.org or call HSCF office at (407) 699-5277.


FORT MYERS TEMPLE TO INAUGURATE SHANI TEMPLE, CELEBRATE 2ND ANNIVERSARY

The Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers will hold the Shani temple inauguration (on Shanti Jayanti) as well as celebrate its two-year anniversary on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. Hundreds of devotees are expected to grace the auspicious occasion at the mandir, which already hosts the murtis (idols) of Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and Navagraha. Both events will begin at 9 a.m.

Sponsorships for the ceremonies as well as the various havans, poojas and aartis are available. The temple is on a 7-acre plot at 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers.

For more information, call the temple at (239) 225-0319, Rakesh Patel at (941) 487-0093, Nilesh Patel at (239) 464-9842, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com


PANDIT BALGOBIND TO PRESENT DISCOURSE ON BHAGWAT GITA JUNE 11-15 IN TAMPA

Pandit Rajin Balgobind

Pandit Rajin Balgobind

About 1,500 to 2,000 people are expected to attend a free discourse on the Bhagwat Gita (5 Nights of Enlightenment) by Pandit Rajin Balgobind, who returns to the Tampa Bay area from June 11-15. “We invited Panditji again because we had many requests for him to return by the attendees,” said organizer Dr. Ram Ramcharran. “We thought of bringing another swami but the audience requested him. He is unique in the sense he is able to relate his kathas to a broader audience. Besides, he delivers in Sanskrit and Hindu and translates to English flawlessly.”

Pandit Balgobind will present the discourse at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. Bhajans will from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by discourse, then dinner at 9. The third annual religious discourse has been arranged by several Tampa Bay organizations. For more information, call (727) 460-2460 or (727) 798-4258.

 


SARASOTA SURGEON HONORED

Dr. Sunita Sharan, gynecologist robotic surgeon, of Sarasota, second from left, recently received the International Board of Medicine and Surgery Medical Achievement Award for Contributing to the Most Needy Among Us. The honor was presented by IBMS Chairman Dr. David Kalin, MD, and Dr. Vijay Sharma, IBMS Executive Director Worldwide. On the left is Hyon Kalin.

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