MARCH 2017
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

MARCH 13: HOLI

MARCH 20: NAVROZ (PARSI NEW YEAR)

EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG

MARCH 1: “Desi Club;” organized by India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa: 1 to 4 p.m.; table tennis, carom, card games, chess, etc.; no membership, no minimum age requirement; free; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MARCH 3-4: “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”; Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa; 7:30 p.m.; $45-$75; for information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org

MARCH 5: GUJARATI PLAY “Jyan Laxmi Tyan Narayan” & Annual General Body Meeting; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 5 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; free to 2017 GSTB members; others $15; for information, call Manish Patel at (813) 270-9896 or Ravi Patel at (727) 692-6399.

MARCH 5: POTLUCK PICNIC; organized by newly formed Pahari Association in Tampa (for people from  Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand); for information, call (813) 484-9568 or email pahariusa2016@gmail.com 

MARCH 11: “VASANT UTSAV;” presented by Academy of Odissi Dance; classical (Odissi) and Bollywood dances; for information, call Gopa Rautray at (813) 907-0772 or Koruna Pathak at (727) 742-1412.

MARCH 15: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; speaker is Rob Elder of Elder Automotive Group; free; 6:30 p.m.; HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

MARCH 15: ICC SENIORS GET-TO-GATHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MARCH 16-19: Inner Engineering Program; experience life-transforming wisdom from an Isha teacher trained by Sadhguru, yogi and mystic; Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, 11810 USF Alumni Drive, Tampa; free intro at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before program starts; for information, contact (813) 413-1661 or email tampa@IshaUSA.org; to register visit www.innerengineering.com/ieo-new/total

March 25: Krishna, The Joy of Living: multi-media musical production directed by Kanniks Kannikeswaran, fundraiser for Sanatan Mandir; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 p.m.; for details call Pankaj Patel at (813) 789-3005.

March 25: MUSIC CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; saxophone and violin concert by Padma Shri Dr. Kadri Gopalanath and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Vidushi Kanyakumari; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

APRIL 1: TWO MARATHI ONE-ACT PLAYS; “Pai Paishachi Goshta,” a nostalgic, emotional comedy about life by veteran Ila Bhate and written by Vijaya Rajadhyaksha; and “Flying Ranee,” a romantic comedy by Sharvani Pillai, Kshitij Zarapkar, Ujwal Mantri; presented by Abhiruchi Tampa Bay Inc.; HCC, Brandon Campus, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; 3 to 6 p.m.; light refreshments will be served; $25 per person; ages 16 and up; for information, call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563 or Nilima Deshpande at (813) 326-1236.

APRIL 7: 16th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; Wentworth Golf & Country Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs; lunch/registration at noon followed by shotgun start at 1 p.m.; $150 per player or $500 per foursome; for information, call Kamlesh at (813) 841-9216, Jal Irani at (813) 451-8229 or visit www.indo-us.org

APRIL 8: ARIJIT SINGH CONCERT; Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; 8:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $39 are available at www.ticketmaster.com; for information, call Roshni Suchde at (813) 370-9623 or MirchiCraft at (202) 792-9960.

APRIL 16: MAHA-LAYA INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; Kalaimamani Sangita Kala Acharya Sri .TH Subash Chandran and group; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida cultural hall, 5509, Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

APRIL 29-30: INNER ENGINEERING WITH SADHGURU; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; for information, call (813) 413-1661 or visit www.inneerengineering.com

APRIL 30: CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; Vidushi Nithyasree Mahadevan; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida cultural hall, 5509, Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

JUNE 22-25: Inner Engineering Program; experience life-transforming wisdom from an Isha teacher trained by Sadhguru, yogi and mystic; St. Pete Garden Club, 500 Sunset Drive, S., St. Petersburg; free intro at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before program starts; cost $325; for information, contact (813) 413-1661 or email tampa@IshaUSA.org; to register visit www.innerengineering.com/ieo-new/total

SARASOTA/BRADENTON

MARCH 7: “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 8 p.m.; $36-$71; for information, call (941) 953-3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org

INVERNESS

MARCH 10-12: GRAND CELEBRATION; Shirdi Sai Temple, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road; Shri Dattatreya – Pratisthapana; Nimba-Vruksha (Neem tree) with Saibaba – Pratisthapana; and 12-year temple anniversary; for details, visit www.shirdiusa.org/

THE VILLAGES/OCALA

MARCH 2: “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”; Morse Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main St., The Villages; 7 p.m.; $25-$85; for information, call (352) 751-7799 or visit www.thesharon.com

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/LONGWOOD

MARCH 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

MARCH 4, 11, 18, 25: HEARTFULNES 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

MARCH 5: ANNIVERSARY BANQUET; presented by HSCF New Age Group; 5 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $15 for annual paid members and $20 for non-members; entertainment by professional artists from Orlando; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9269.

MARCH 5: “PATEL NE ROKE ENE BHAGWAN TOKE;” Gujarati play presented by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 6:30 p.m.; free for society members; $15 for reserved seat members and $35 for non-members; for information, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

MARCH 17: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; 6 p.m. dinner followed by concert; ; for details, including venue, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 619-1500 or visit www.ekal.org

MARCH 25: FREE CAPI/HSCF HEALTH FAIR; organized by Central Florida Association of Physicians from the Indian Subcontinent and Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

APRIL 8: INDIAFEST 2017; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida on its grounds at 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; free; $5 parking; food, shopping, dance, competitions; for information, call Mala Karkhanis at (407) 443-1605, Dipti Smart at (321) 695-4422 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

FORT MYERS/ESTERO

MARCH 4: 30th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by India Association of Fort Myers (IAFM); 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Road, Estero; $5 per person, parking free; for information, call IAFM President Gopal Panday at (732) 861-6250 or email gopal.panday@ifortmyers.org

GAINESVILLE

APRIL 8: INDIA FEST & HEALTH FAIR; presented by the India Cultural & Education Center; health fair will be 9 a.m. to noon and the festival will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Santa Fe Community College, Gymnasium (Building V), 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville; $5 admission; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for information, call (352) 871-7112 or visit www.icec-florida.org/

MELBOURNE/COCOA (SPACE COAST)

MARCH 11-12: INDIAFEST; presented by Manav Mandir; Wickham Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; cultural and fashion shows, music, henna, arts and crafts, yoga demonstration, Indian cooking demo; $5 for adults, $2 for children under age 12 and kids under 5 are free; for information, call Yasmin Majeed at (321) 720-8590 or visit www.indiafestbrevard.org

JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 18: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; Bolles Middle School, Parker Auditorium, 2264 Bartram Road, Jacksonville; 5:30 p.m. dinner followed by concert; for information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 537-6472 or visit www.ekal.org

TALLAHASSEE

Ekal Sur Ekal TaalMARCH 19: “Ekal Sur Ekal Taal”; 2017 fundraiser; cultural program by Ekal tribal artists from India; Lee Hall Auditorium, 601 S. MLK Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee; 7 p.m.; for information, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080, visit www.ekal.org or www.iatlh.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (WEST PALM BEACH/CUTLER BAY/CORAL SPRINGS)

MARCH 1: “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Concert Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $15-$100; for information, call (561) 832-7469 or visit m.kravis.org

MARCH 1-3: SHRIMAD BHAGAVATA; presented by Chinmaya Mission Miami; free talks by Swamini Akhilananda in English; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Loggers’ Run Middle School, 11584 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; for information, visit www.cmmiami.org

MARCH 4: SPIRITUAL WORKSHOP; presented by Chinmaya Mission Miami; Swamini Akhilananda on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Patch Reef Park (near pavilion 3), 2000 W. Yamato Road, Boca Raton; lunch provided and donations welcome; for information, visit www.cmmiami.org

MARCH 4: “WOMEN’S PHYSICAL, SOCIAL & SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING;” third annual seminar presented by Sant Nirankari Mission and South Florida Hindu Temple; 2 to 5 p.m.; temple is at 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call Preeti Sahi at (954) 214-7926 or email fortlauderdale@nirankari.org

MARCH 5: “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”; South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Main Stage, 10950 S.W. 211 St., Cutler Bay; 4 p.m.; $35-$67.50; for information, call (786) 573-5316 or visit www.smdcac.org

Mika SinghMARCH 17: MEDITATION 2.0 - BEYOND BOUNDARIES; presented by Art of Living Miami; Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar; 7:30 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami; tickets start at $35; for information, call (305) 814-5425 or visit www.meditate.miami

MARCH 24: MIKA SINGH LIVE IN CONCERT; presented by Kash Patel and Asta Parking; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive; doors open at 6:30 p.m. with show time at 8; tickets start at $49; for information, call Kash at (954) 214-3830 or Soham Vyas at (954) 648-1510.

MARCH 25: “SOUNDS OF A HUNDRED COLORS - SOLO SARANGI AND MUSIC FOR THE SOUL CONCERT”; performers include Pandit Ramesh Misra on sarangi, vocalist Mitali Bhawmik, accompanied by tabla players Tim Richards and Rajesh Bhandari; 2 to 5 p.m.; Broward County Main Library Auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets range from $10 to $30; to purchase tickets, visit https://apaiart.eventbrite.com

APRIL 23: THE TRIBUTE TOUR; Ustad Rahat Rateh Ali Khan remembers Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his 20th anniversary; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive; doors open at 5:30 and show begins at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $35; for information, call Satbir Singh at (954) 649-3374.

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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