FEBRUARY 2023
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

FEB. 18: MAHASHIVRATRI


EVENTS

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

FEB. 14: HANUMAN CHALISA; second Tuesday of month; Vishnu Mandir Tampa, 5803 Lynn Road; 7 to 9 p.m.; for information, call Deo Gajadhar at (813) 817-9714.

FEB. 15: ICC SENIORS GET-TOGETHER; India Cultural Center, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no age restriction; for information, text email address along with your name to Bhikhu Nayi at (631) 560-2718 to receive details about seniors gathering every month; or call Mahesh Modha at (813) 476-1540.

FEB. 18-19: MAHASHIVRATRI FESTIVITIES; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; to register and for information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit sanatanmandirtampa.org

FEB. 18: MAHA SHIVRATRI; Ambaji Mandir, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; 6 a.m. to midnight with mahaprasad served after 7 p.m. aarti; for information, call (727) 388-6685 or visit www.ambajimandir.com

FEB. 18: MAHA SHIVRATRI; Sri Laxmi-Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa; 6 a.m. to midnight with mahaprasad served after 7 p.m. aarti; for information, call (813) 444-9786 or visit www.hindutempletampa.com

FEB. 19: EAST-WEST MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL; organized by Shruti Foundation; 1 to 7 p.m.; Water Works Park, 1710 N. Highlands Ave., Tampa; free; multicultural event with music bands, dance performances, food, vendors; for information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit www.shrutifoundationtampa.org

FEB. 25: AMIT TANDON - MASALA SANDWICH; presented by OHO Productions; 7 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for tickets, other information, call 1-888-333-4614 or visit www.ohoproduction.com









FEB. 26: SHAAM-E-GHAZAL
; singer Gayatri Asokan accompanied by tabla player Shankh Lahiri; presented by Shruti Foundation; 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa; online early bird discount $35 per person, $60 couple; for information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit www.shrutifoundationtampa.org








MARCH 18: DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT;
“Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” fame Vishwanath Batunge concert; organized by Ekal Vidyalaya; for time, venue and details, call Jaimin Amin at (813) 283-8125.

APRIL 15: NACHANGE SARI RAAT; dinner, dance, entertainment; organized by Punjabi Association of Tampa Bay; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; DJ music, Punjabi dhol; for information, call (813) 340-8640 or (727) 462-2320.

LAKELAND

MARCH 10: DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT; “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” fame Vishwanath Batunge concert; organized by Ekal Vidyalaya; for time, venue and details, call Nilesh Patel at (863) 853-9315.







SARASOTA/BRADENTON


ONGOING THROUGH MAY 28; Gods & Lovers: Paintings and Sculptures from India;” exhibit at John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Blvd., Sarasota; for details, visit www.ringling.org

OCALA

MARCH 24: DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT; “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” fame Vishwanath Batunge concert; organized by Ekal Vidyalaya; for time, venue and details, call Dr. Nagesh Kohil at (352) 427-1542.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

FEB. 5: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP SEMINAR; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 to 5 p.m.; seminars on India Center opening at University of Central Florida by Leila Chacko and important tax law changes for 2022 by Madan Arora; tea, coffee, snacks; free for annual paid 2023 members, non-members $5 per person; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

FEB. 11: KEERTHANA; musical gala night presented by Hindu Society of Central Florida; veteran singer S.P. Balasubramaniam to perform; for information, call (321) 277-3724 or visit https://keerthanaband.us

FEB. 11: EVENING OF GEET, GHAZALS AND BOLLYWOOD; presented by Indian Horizon of Florida; 4 p.m.; VFW Post 10147, 519 E. Central Ave., Apopka; $75 per couple; for information, call (407) 758-6739.

FEB. 19: KIDS’ DAY OUT AT FUN SPOT AMERICA; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Fun Spot Orlando, 5700 Fun Spot Way; free all day ride bands for kids ages 16 and under with GSCF registered parent; for information, call (407) 461-2979 or email info@gujaratisocietycfl.com

FEB. 25: 10th ANNUAL INDIA DAY; Amway Center, 400 W Church St., Orlando; 7 p.m.; pre-game festivities at Fan Fest, Indian food, on-court performances; Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers; for tickets, visit www.orlandomagic.com/indiaday; for information, call (407) 916-2949.

FEB. 26: “KAKA KO KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI;” organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Hindi play; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 7 p.m.; free for GSCF members; for information, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com





MARCH 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25: CRICKET TOURNAMENT (FINAL ON MARCH 25);
organized by Central Florida Indian Cultural Association; PFC Emory L. Bennett Veterans Memorial Park, 1365 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City; free; for information, call (407) 335-0485.

MARCH 12: DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT; “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” fame Vishwanath Batunge concert; organized by Ekal Vidyalaya; for time, venue and details, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 352-2889.

GAINESVILLE/ALACHUA

MARCH 25: INDIA FEST 2023; organized by India Cultural and Education Center; Legacy Park Multipurpose Center, 15400 Peggy Road, Alachua; to participate or for more information, email indiafest@icec-florida.org

FORT MYERS

FEB. 5: ART FEST; RAAGA to participate with Indian dances; 1 to 2:30 p.m.; downtown Fort Myers waterfront; for information, email shaila@raagafl.org

NAPLES

FEB. 18: INDIA FEST; organized by India Association of Naples; Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; music, dances, food; for information, email Palakmunim@gmail.com or vishalavaranasi@gmail.com

MELBOURNE

MARCH 11-12: INDIAFEST; presented by Manav Mandir; Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; for information, visit www.indiafestbrevard.org

JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 11: DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT; “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” fame Vishwanath Batunge concert; organized by Ekal Vidyalaya; for time, venue and details, call Sarath Kuravi at (904) 537-7200.

TALLAHASSEE

MARCH 19: DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT; “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” fame Vishwanath Batunge concert; organized by Ekal Vidyalaya; for time, venue and details, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080.

SOUTH FLORIDA (WEST PALM BEACH/HOLLYWOOD/MIRAMAR)

FEB. 11: INDIAFEST 2023; organized by Palm Beach India Association; Meyer Amphitheater, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; cultural performances, clothes, jewelry, arts/crafts, yoga sessions; free; to showcase talent, email performance@gopbia.org

FEB. 25: “INCARNATIONS OF LORD VISHNU;” classical dance performance organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; 6 to 9 p.m.; $40 per person; visit www.apaiart.com

MARCH 4-5: 28th ASIAN TRADE, FOOD FAIR AND CULTURAL SHOW; presented by Bangladesh Association of Florida; new venue this year, Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar; noon to 10 p.m. both days; Indian Idol Sayli will perform; for information, call (561) 389-8844 or visit www.asianfair.org




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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