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Bhaav Raag Taal will perform on Sept. 17 in Tampa and Sept. 18 in Orlando.
BHAAV RAAG TAAL TO PERFORM IN TAMPA, ORLANDO
By NITISH S. RELE editor@khaasbaat.com

      Bhaav Raag Taal, a dance production that blends Kathak and Bharat Natyam dance, will be performing at Sickles High School in Tampa on Sept. 17 and the following day in Orlando. The venue and details have yet to be determined for the Orlando performance.  

The presentation by Nirupama and Rajendra and their team from the Bangalore-based Abhinava Arts Center (www.abhinava.net) will serve as the annual fundraiser for the Hindu Temple of Florida in Tampa.
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NAVRATRI CELEBRATIONS BEGIN OCT. 7 IN TAMPA
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com



Kanti Bakarania
Bring out those ghagra-cholis and dandiyas from your closet. You will need them as soon as Navratri celebrations kick off Oct. 7 in Tampa. The festival of nine nights will be celebrated with great fanfare and fun by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, which boasts a membership of about 600 members.

“This year to accommodate more people and make the event more comfortable, we are going to hold Navratri at two different places in Tampa,” said Kanti Bakarania, president of the Gujarati Samaj. “On Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15), we will be holding the event for the first time at Florida State Fairgrounds and on Sundays (Oct. 9 and Oct. 16) at India Cultural Center.
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As many as 31 groups from Florida presented dance performances on the stage.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATED IN TAMPA BAY
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

They came, they saw and they were impressed. Indeed. About 4,500 people attended the Aug. 20 festivities in Tampa honoring India’s 58th Independence Day. The huge crowd also had the opportunity to see Trina Chakravarty of Jacksonville, Florida picked as Miss India USA 2005.

“The event is surpassing our expectations every passing year,” said Satya Shaw, event chairman. “We are ourselves surprised with the turn-up of such a large number of people for the celebrations.”
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NEW: Seniors Section and Retirement Planning
Bijan Mohseni of the Business Planning Group of Tampa offers advice on retirement planning and get answeres to all your retirement questions from Harikrishna Majmundar of California, author of “Mapping the Maze: A Guide to Welfare for Elderly Immigrants.” He has advised several hundred welfare applicants in Khaasbaat's new section on seniors
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Inside
Get more in the upcoming events sections, youth higlights, health updates and read book reviews in this edition of Khaasbaat.
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MUSIC CAMP HELD IN CLEARWATER
> Taraana Summer Music Camp organized a musical program “Sa Re Ga Ma” on Aug. 6 at the Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater. The event, attended by more than 60 people, provided a wonderful platform for some talented children and youth to share their musical skills and gifts. It was conceived and conducted by Sharmistha Banerjee who worked with five children – Anwesha Banerjee, Aishwarya and Anirudh Challa, Laila Farishta and Abhimanyu Janamanchi – over the summer teaching them the basics of Hindustani classical music and songs from the classical, folk and film traditions.
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BOLLYWOOD
HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE



Salaam Namaste
“Salaam Namaste”: Starring Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi; directed by Siddharth Anand; music by Vishal-Shekar.

This romantic comedy produced by Yash-Raj Films takes place in Melbourne, Australia. Saif Ali Khan plays Nick, a carefree guy who lives life to the fullest. He works as a chef in a restaurant and his passions are cooking and partying. Preity Zinta plays Ambar, a cheerful girl who arrives from Bangalore to study medicine. Her part-time job as a radio jockey for a station called Salaam Namaste has her interviewing Indians in Melbourne. When Chef Nick oversleeps and misses a scheduled interview, Ambar decides to teach him a lesson. The two are drawn to each other despite their opposing views on many matters. Not wanting to rush things between them, they instead decide to share an apartment with separate rooms as they get to know each other. Slowly, minor quarrels and rising tempers interrupt their happy moments. So, are they made for each other? The makers say “Salaam Namaste” offers a quirky take on life, love, and relationships. Debutante director Siddharth Anand assisted during the making of “Hum Tum,” another successful, colorful film about a cool, young pair.
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RELIGION
WISDOM OF THE ‘YOGA VASISTHA’
By SWAMI SURYADEVANANDA

This is part of a series of articles on the “Wisdom of the Yoga Vasistha.” We attempt to bring to the surface the embedded wisdom, which can be applied to one’s everyday life. The expressions of the writer will be contemporary, truths are eternal but the method of _expression will be conversational. We will move in and out of the story to bring subtle points to the forefront. It is not a scholarly approach but will be shared as a story and discussion in the hopes of involving the readers in the joint venture of mutual exploration.
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TECHNO CORNER
By ARUN MARBALLI

Computers of all varieties require protection not only from the nasty elements that inhabit the cyber world but also from the physical elements that surround us. Much of the topic of physical protection seems like commonsense; however, it is certainly worth reviewing particularly since we live so fearlessly in a town often referred to as the “lightning capital.” While a direct lightning strike cannot be protected against and has a relatively lower probability of occurrence, power surges – the more widespread anathema for safe computing – traveling through the power circuits can be blocked with appropriate precautionary measures.
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