SEPTEMBER 2015
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Tampa Indo-US Chamber Banyan Ball SET SEPT. 26

Banyan BallFifteen years ago, the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce held its first Banyan Ball in the hopes of being able to give back to the organization’s members and supporters. The ball is a metaphoric representation of the conversations, unity and camaraderie that is built when gathered under a banyan tree.

One of the tenets of the Banyan Ball is the facilitation of a unique opportunity to network with business and community leaders. Today, the event has turned into an elegant black-tie affair, honoring Asian-American businesses and individuals who have distinguished themselves through professionalism and community service.

The regal-themed Banyan Ball will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St. The program will include a cocktail reception, keynote speech, presentation of business awards, dinner and entertainment.

The event is close to being sold out yet again. For tables, tickets, pictures from last year’s event, and limited advertising opportunities, visit www.indo-us.org or contact Lakshmi Sastry at (813) 728-6274 or lsastry@gmail.com

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21st Annual South Asian Film Festival oct. 3-5 in orlando

“Beyond Bollywood: 21st Annual South Asian Film Festival,” taking place Oct. 3-5, showcases diverse images of South Asian (India/Pakistan) culture and heritage through acclaimed independent films from across the globe. The program is part of Enzian Theater’s cultural festival circuit and is co-presented with the Asian Cultural Association and sponsored by Orlando Weekly.

DhanakDHANAK (RAINBOW) – (East Coast Premiere)
Saturday, Oct. 3 – 11 a.m.

A stunning tale of a brother and sister who embark on a journey across Rajasthan in an attempt to meet Superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

India, 2015; in Hindi with English subtitles; 103 minutes; directed by Nagesh Kukunoor

AMONG THE BELIEVERSAMONG THE BELIEVERS (Filmmaker in attendance – Southeast Premiere)
Saturday, Oct. 3 – 1:45 p.m.

This sobering documentary takes the cinemagoer through the recent history of Pakistan’s ideological clash between moderate and fundamentalist forces.

USA/Pakistan, 2015; in English and Urdu with English subtitles; 84 minutes; directed Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi

1000 RUPEE NOTE1000 RUPEE NOTE (EK HAZARACHI NOTE) (Filmmaker in attendance – Southeast Premiere)
Sunday, Oct. 4 – 11 a.m.

Set in a small village in Maharashtra, the film revolves around a poor old woman whose uneventful life is shattered when she receives a few one thousand rupee notes from a politician.

India, 2014; in Marathi with English subtitles; 89 minutes; directed by Shrihari Sathe

MARGARITA WITH A STRAWMARGARITA WITH A STRAW
Sunday, Oct. 4 – 1:45 p.m.

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

India, 2014; in English and Hindu with English subtitles; 100 minutes; directed by Shonali Bose

MEET THE PATELS MEET THE PATELS
Monday, Oct. 5 – 6:30 p.m.

This one’s a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams – and his parents.

USA, 2014; in English, Hindi and Gujarati with English subtitles; 88 minutes; directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel; rated PG 


INFOSYS FOUNDER NARAYANA MURTHY TO KEYNOTE AKSHAYA PATRA GALA ON SEPT. 25 IN TAMPA

The Akshaya Patra Foundation will hold its inaugural Tampa Bay Benefit Gala on Friday, Sept. 25. The keynote speaker will be Infosys founder Narayana Murthy.

The event at the India Cultural Center will begin with a 7 p.m. welcome reception. It will bring together business, non-profit, government, and philanthropic leaders from around the region to support the organization’s dual mission of addressing childhood hunger and promoting education for underserved children in India. Through its mid-day meal program, Akshaya Patra feeds millions of children in India who have the zeal to learn and achieve, but not the means. By feeding them that one wholesome meal a day, the foundation gives them motivation and nourishment to pursue an education and a better future.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the largest NGO-run school meal programs in the world and serves more than 1.4 million children daily in over 10,845 schools through 24 kitchens in 10 Indian states. It continues to expand its efforts to reach more children and opened its newest kitchen in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. At full capacity, the kitchen can serve 100,000 children daily.

The gala will feature an evening of networking, entertainment and dinner. Seating is limited, so RSVP soon. For tickets, call (781) 438-3090, Ext. 4, and for more information, visit www.foodforeducation.org


SINGER ARIJIT SINGH OF ‘TUM HI HO’ FAME TAKES STAGE SEPT. 18 IN ORLANDO

Arijit SinghNearly a decade ago, he lost in the finals of “Fame Gurukul.” But Arijit Singh made a comeback with another reality show “10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil.” In 2013, he won the Best Male Playback Singer at the 59th Filmfare Awards for ‘Tum Hi Ho’ from the film “Aashiqui 2.” Since then, the music programmer and talented crooner hasn’t looked back.

Among his major hits are ‘Muskurane’ from “CityLights,” ‘Mast Magan’ from “2 States,” “Kabira” and “Ilahi” from “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,” ‘Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse’ from “Jackpot,” ‘Tose Naina” from “Mickey Virus,” ‘Aaj Phir’ from “Hate Story 2,” ‘Main Tera Hero’ and ‘Raat Bhar’ from “Heropanti,” among several others.

For the first time, Florida fans can hear this soulful voice from 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at CFE Arena (formerly UCF Arena), 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando. For tickets, which start at $39, call Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345.


ANNUAL CURRY FESTIVAL SEPT. 19 IN ST. PETERSBURG’S VINOY PARK

Imagine your taste buds watering as you enjoy the delicious aromas of flavors from the various curry-inspired dishes prepared by master chefs from around the world featuring their signature creations. The lineup of professional chefs for this year’s Tampa Bay International Curry Festival (TBICF) Sept. 19 aims to impress, with chefs coming from India, England, Trinidad, New York and Miami.

Tampa Bay International Curry FestivalFrom noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive, N.E., in St. Petersburg, TBICF will showcase a myriad of national and local chefs, restaurants and individuals, all vying to win the first-place prize of $1,500 for professional chefs. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste various types of curries from local restaurants and vendors from around the world. There will be food demonstrations, adult beverages, and musical performances by local artist, bands and main headliner Kevin Lyttle. Festival admission is $10 per person and all proceeds, after expenses, benefit the following charities: Cando, The Ian Beckles Foundation, Pasco Kids First, Philippine Cultural Foundation, Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation, Save Abee: The Children of Tomorrow, Golfers Vs. Brain Cancer Foundation and Georgetown Wesleyan University of the Americas.

For information or to sign up for the competition, call Dr. Sadhana Shah at (727) 798-4258 or visit www.internationalcurryfestival.com

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