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SEPT. 6: “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.

SEPT. 10: FREE INTRO SESSION FOR MIND-BODY WELLNESS PROGRAM; presented by PEHCHAAN; Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa; 3 to 4 p.m.; for details, call (813) 720-7115 or email

SEPT. 10 AND 24: HEALTH FAIR; organized by BAPS Charities; blood work day will be from 8 a.m. to non on Sept. 10; $20 registration; health fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 24; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 9556 E. Fowler Ave., Thonotosassa; for information, call (813) 693-2604.

SEPT. 15: SATSANG with SWAMI MUKUNDANANDA; divine discourse, kirtan and aarti; followed by mahaprasadam; free; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (303) 827-4442

SEPT. 16: BANYAN BALL; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa; agenda includes keynote speaker, business awards, entertainment; for tickets or information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit

SEPT. 16: ANNUAL PUNJABI MELA; organized by Punjabi Association of America; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $50 per person or $60 at door; 6:30 p.m.; for information, call Sandeep Sheth at (646) 573-8550 or Jujhar Singh Gill at (813) 340-8640.

SEPT. 16: GANESH CHATURTHI; organized by Maayboli Melewa (Marathi Mandal) Tampa Bay; HCC Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; 3:30 to 8 p.m.; free for members and $20 non-member adults and $10 for kids 11 to 17 years of age and college students with valid ID; for information, call Ram at (813) 770-4854 or email

SEPT. 16: CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; performers are Trichur Brothers; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida cultural hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, email

SEPT. 17: “PADMA … VISIONS OF KRISHNA;” Bharatanatyam performance presented by Tara Bikkasani and Rudram Dance Company along with Viraja and Shyamjith Kiran; 4 to 7 p.m.; USF College of the Arts-Theatre 1, 3839 USF Holly Drive, Tampa; tickets are $20 students, $25 general and $50 VIP; for information, call (352) 697-0452 or email

SEPT. 17, 24, & OCT. 1 AND OCT. 8: MIND-BODY WELLNESS PROGRAM; presented by PEHCHAAN; conducted by Dr. Anjum Kumbkarni; four-week SMART (Stress Management and Resilience Training) program includes guided meditation sessions, and various methods to elicit relaxation response, including mindfulness and imagery; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.; $50 per person for children (13 to 17 years) and $100 for adults; RSVP to (813) 720-7115 or email

SEPT. 20-21: ICC SENIORS BUS TRIP; two-day bus trip to Daytona Beach; for details, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

SEPT. 22-24: ART OF LIVING HAPPINESS PROGRAM; University of South Florida; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekend; for registration, click on; for details, call Amit Kumar at (813) 300-0364.

OCT. 28: CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; performer is G. Ravikiran; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida cultural hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, email

India FestNOV. 4: 30th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; for information, call (813) 385-8544 or visit


SEPT. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 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

Farida MirSEPT. 3: DAYRO; organized by ISKCON Temple Orlando and Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Farida Mir and Anil Vankani; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 6:30 p.m.; tickets start at $25; for information, call Sham Chhabria at (813) 786-3529.

THROUGH SEPT. 3: GANESH MAHOTSAV; hosted by Orlando Marathi Mandal; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for details, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or visit

SEPT. 6, 13, 20, 27: 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

SEPT. 10: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP CELEBRATION OF GRANDPARENTS DAY; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 12:30 p.m.; everyone invited; free pizza, salad, ice cream, drinks, cultural program and prizes for essay and on-the-spot drawing competitions; for competition rules and details, e-mail

SEPT. 10: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; noon to 5 p.m.; free admission, parking; several booths to showcase latest trends and products for weddings; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

IACCSEPT. 16: EIGHTH ANNUAL IACC AWARDS GALA; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $125 per person; to purchase tickets, visit

AmritaSEPT. 17: BOOK SIGNING; Central Florida author Dr. Amrita Mukherjee will sign “Housewife” and her latest book, “Feynman’s Promise;” Stoneybrook East Recreation Center, 14351 Stoneybrook Blvd., Orlando; 1 to 3 p.m.; light jazz, refreshment; for information, call (407) 925-2867 or email

SEPT. 20-26: “KRISHNA LEELA;” discourses in English by Sri Poornima Ji; Hindu Society of Central Florida (adjacent building), 1998 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for information, call Mala Karkhanis at (407) 443-1605 or visit

SEPT. 23-24: CHAKRA MEDITATION; meditation guru Archna Didi to lead workshop; Maa Durga Sri Sai Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday; free; for information, call (757) 771-7100.

OCT. 7-9: “BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: 23rd ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL”; presented by Enzian and Asian Cultural Association; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; for details, visit or call (407) 333-3667.

ZakirNOV. 4: CROSSCURRENTS; presented by Asian Cultural Association; musical fusion performance; tabla maestro Zakir Hussain joins jazz bassist, composer and arranger Dave Holland, renowned New York jazz saxophonist Chris Potter, Bollywood composer/vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, Indian jazz pianist Louis Banks, his brother Gino on drums, and Sanjay Divecha on guitar; 7:30 p.m.; Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando; tickets start at $30 and go on sale Sept. 8 at; for information, call (407) 333-3667.


SEPT. 16: KALAI VIZHA; organized by Jacksonville Tamil Mandram; Ponte Vedra High School, 460 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra; 4:30 to 8 pm. followed by dinner; $6 members per adult, $15 non-members; for information, visit


SEPT. 23: “Dancing for GOD;” presented by Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); performers are Bharatanatyam dancer Tanya Saxena and Kathak dancer Madhura Sane; Broward County Main Library Auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 3 to 4:30 p.m.; $10 students, $20 general and $30 VIP; to purchase, visit

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