APRIL 2018
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida





APRIL 4 “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.

APRIL 7: VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for information, call Sanjay at (727) 204-9382 or Manish at (813) 270-9896.

APRIL 14: “VASANT UTSAV;” recital presented by Academy of Odissi Dance; classical (Odissi), bhangra and Bollywood dances; Gaither High School, 16200 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; 6:30 p.m.; for information, call Gopa Rautray at (813) 907-0772 or Koruna Pathak at (727) 742-1412.

APRIL 14: TRIBUTE TO KISHORI AMONKAR; father-son violin duo of Pandit Milind Raikar and Yadnesh Raikar accompanied by Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla; 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Church, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa; $15 per person; for information, call (813) 598-9130.

APRIL 18: ICC SENIORS GET-TOGETHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no age restriction; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or (813) 863-3048.

APRIL 22: 5K RUN; to support Metropolitan Ministries; organized by FIA of Tampa Bay; 9 a.m.; Lake Park, 17302, N. Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz; for information, call Raju Ramaka at (813) 347-6637 or Ram at (201) 238-4263.

APRIL 22: CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; Sri Ramakrishnamurthy; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

MAY 5: SITAR RHAPSODY WITH PURBAYAN CHATTERJEE; 6 p.m.; USF Theatre 1, 3839 USF Holly Drive, TAT; presented by Anil Nirgudkar; tickets from $25 to $50; for information, call (813) 486-9999.

MAY 5: GUDHI PADWA; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); noon to 6 p.m.; HCC Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; for information, call Ram Padte at (813) 770-4854.

MAY 5: CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; Maharajapuram Sri Ramachandran; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

MAY 19: STRINGS & BEATS; jugalbandi between Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya on santoor and Hindole Majumdar on tabla; presented by Soikot; 7 p.m.; Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; $30 advance tickets, $35 at door; for details, call Jyoti at (727) 643-3691.


APRIL 8: SUMMER PICNIC; event organized by Charotar Patidar Samaj for all Patidar Patels; no fees, food, drinks provided; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mary Holland Park, 2015 Shumate Drive, Bartow; for information, call Kamal Patel at (863) 670-1045 OR Jay Patel at (407) 460-2020.


APRIL 1: FOURTH SUVARNA D. SHAH GUJARATI POETRY FESTIVAL; presented by The Gujarat Region Center Program/Center for the study of Hindu Traditions at UF; recitation by poet laureates from India and the U.S., and music and garba; Rosen Jewish Community Center, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call Dr. Dinesh O. Shah at (352) 871-4993.

APRIL 1: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP MEET; spring party; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; chess, playing cards; for details, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

APRIL 4, 11, 18, 25: 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

APRIL 7, 14, 21, 28: HEARTFULNESS 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

APRIL 15: 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.

APRIL 15: AN EVENING OF INDIAN MUSIC; organized by Asian Cultural Association; performers are vocalist Debapriya Adhikary, sitarist Samanwaya Sarkar and tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando; concert from 2 to 4 and meet and greet 4 to 6 p.m.; $25; for information, call Chitra Deshpande at (407) 345-5161, (407) 333-3667 or visit www.aca-florida.org

APRIL 26-29: JEERNODHARANA KUMBHABHISHEKA MAHOTHSAVAM; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; to sponsor, call HSCF President Dr. Srinivas Seela at (407) 276-5407, Kumbhabshikam Committee Chairman Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733 or visit www.orlandohindutemple.org

MAY 5: ANNAMACHARYA SANKEERTOTSAVAM; organized by Telugu Association of Greater Orlando and Hindu Society of Central Florida; daylong tribute to the saint composer Sri Annamacharya; free; mandir auditorium, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; for information, call (407) 276-5407 or (407) 699-5277.


APRIL 7: 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 and children 5 years of age and younger free; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for information, email IndiafestGainesville@gmail.com or visit www.icec-florida.org/


APRIL 7: 31st ANNUAL INDIA FEST; organized by India Association of Fort Myers; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero; $5; free parking; Indian food, clothing, jewelry, entertainment, Bollywood fashion show; for information, call Denny Sharma at (239) 770-7427 or visit www.iafortmyers.org

Maharajpuram RamachandranAPRIL 29: CONCERT; vocal Carnatic music by Maharajpuram Ramachandran; presented by Raaga; 6 p.m.; Florida Southwestern University (FSW), Rush Library auditorium, J 103; $25; for information, visit www.raagafl.org


APRIL 6: “TEXTURE IN COLORS;” opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. for artist Brinda Pamulapati whose work will be on display at Venvi Art Gallery, 2901 E. Park Ave., #2800, Tallahassee, through May 12; for information, call (850) 322-0965.

APRIL 6: ORIGAMI; fundraising for School of Art and Science, Thomasville; organized by Vishal Pamulapati; 5 to 8 p.m.; Venvi Art Gallery, 2901 E. Park Ave., #2800, Tallahassee; for information, call (850) 322-0965 or email email@venviartgallery.com


APRIL 21: “MYSTIC INDIA: THE WORLD TOUR;” Broadway-style Bollywood dance spectacular;

presented by Woodlands Indian Cuisine; 8 p.m.; Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium (FAU), 1973-1995 Dade Ave., Boca Raton; tickets starting at $39 are available at the box office, ticketmaster.com or call (984) 377-3080.

MAY 16-20: MEDITATION RETREAT; revered master Anandmurti Gurumaa; talks, sessions, meditation, yoga, sankirtan, pranayama; Bonaventure Resort & Spa, 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston; registration required at www.gurumaa.com or call Jayam at (727) 709-2364.

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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