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APRIL 1-2: FREE TAX CAMP, organized by Federation of Indian Associations of Florida; 14502 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 306, Tampa; Satya Shaw, CPA, at (813) 842-0345.

APRIL 2-3: SATSANG ON SELF REALIZATION, based on teachings of Dada Bhagwan, Deepak Desai will offer Satsang in Gujarati in matters related to Akram Vignan; University Community Hospital-Carrollwood campus auditorium (just south of the emergency entrance), 6925 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days for this free event; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

APRIL 8: VIOLIN CONCERT, Kala Ramnath on the violin, organized by The Chinmaya Mission of Tampa Bay, The Teco Theatre, Pallavi Patel Conservatory, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m., $50, $100; call (813) 948-3590 or (813) 973-4829.

APRIL 23: SITAR CONCERT, Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, $15.50-$55.50; call (813) 229-STAR or outside Tampa Bay, call 1-800-955-1045 or click on

APRIL 23: CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM, organized by the Indo-American Pharmacist Association of Tampa Bay, Marriott Waterside, Tampa; $75 for non-members prior to April 15, free for members; call President Linda Shah at (727) 522-1530 or Secretary Nila Patel at (813) 971-8081.

Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar

APRIL 24: “SAKTHI DARSANAM,” a classical dance drama by Padma Bhushan Padma Subrahmanyam, organized by Sri Ayyappa Society of Tampa Inc., Sickles High School Auditorium, 7950 Gunn Highway, 4 p.m.; $30 per person, $50 for two, $100 for family of four; call Ravi Nair at (813) 920-8471 or Ram Swaminathan at (813) 926-9701 or click on

APRIL 30: CHARITY MUSICAL CONCERT, singer Sushil Baweja and Ashok Pandey on tabla; sponsored by Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, BAPS Tampa Mandir, Fowler Avenue and U.S. 301, Thonotosassa, 6:30 p.m.; call Usha Agarwal at (727) 943-5012 or Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or click on

MAY 21: SANGEET SANDHYA, evening of music featuring geet, ghazals, thumris and bhajans by Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, a disciple of Kishori Amonkar, USF Cooper Hall, 7 p.m.; $18 for adults, $12 for children under age 14; call Satish Ankalikar at (813) 960-3443 or Naeem Abrahani at (813) 899-0920.


April 20, 2005 – 8:00 p.m. Asian Cultural Association presents An Evening of Indian Music on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 – 8:00 p.m. at Dr. Phillips High School Auditorium, Orlando.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (santoor) Ustad Zakir Hussain (tabla)

Tickets: $50.00 * $35.00 * $20.00

For information and tickets, call

Asian Cultural Association – 407-333-3667
Eddie Joiner – 386-736-6704
Jigisha Jhaveri – 407-971-3669
Chitra Deshpande – 407-345-5161
Dr. Ratan Guha – 407-380-9226
Anu Vedam – 407-804-1008
Radhika Narian – 407-291-6679
Kiran Arora – 407-351-9993
Anuradha Krishnan – 407-328-5075
Ravi Sarangrajan – 407-302-7132
Sharda Hebbar – 407-774-2600
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Future Events

Schedule of FIA of Florida activities

(Dates and place subject to change without notice)

May 14, 2005: Miss India Florida, Orlando (venue to be decided) Contact Mystina at (954) 298-3374

May 21, 2005: Health Camp (venue to be decided) Contact Kirit Shah at (727) 447-5121

July 9, 2005: Asian American Convenience Stores Association (AACSA) Convention and Trade Shows (Indian Cultural Center in Tampa) Contact Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505 or Satya Shaw, Dinesh Gandhi, Harish Patel and Ram Jakhotia

August 20, 2005: India Day, India Fair, Independence Day, Miss India USA Pageant (USF Sun Dome in Tampa) Contact Satya Shaw, Event Chairman, at (813) 842-0345, Chandrakant Patel, Chairman, at (813) 340-5505, or Ram Jakhotia, Himmat Parikh, Harish Patel and Dinesh Gandhi.

CLASSES VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (; classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail:; Web site:

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 3 to 4:30 pm. at Hindu Temple of Florida; Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; fees are $75 per year; additional $50 per year for each sibling; for more information on BalVihar, call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (; classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail or

Hindu Temple of Florida: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890

Vishnu Mandir: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551

Sanatan Mandir: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482

Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539

Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area Mosque: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007

Gurudwara: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.


SHIRDI SAI CENTER: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail

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