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Florida communities celebrating the festive occasion include:


The Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay (FIA of Tampa Bay) will celebrate India Independence Day on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. The day begins at 9 a.m. with exhibits on display; flag hoisting will be at 1:30. The daylong schedule includes rangoli and cooking competitions, patriotic costume contest, yoga session, Bollywood Bash and cultural programs. Sitar players Ustad Rais Bale Khan and Ustad Hafiz Bale Khan will present a Jugalbandi in the evening. For information, call Independence Day Chair Swarna Lokesh at [email protected]


Hindu Society of Central Florida and the HSCF New Age Group will celebrate India’s Independence Day on Sunday, Aug. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. in the mandir community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. There will be a cultural program and speakers. Indian snacks and hot tea/coffee will be provided. Entry is free with prior RSVP. For information, call Dipti Smart at (321) 695-4422 or e-mail [email protected]

Also, Indian Cultural Society of Orlando will celebrate India Independence Day with a cultural program on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. Entry is free. For information, call Raj Patel at (407) 335-0485 or Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800.


The Association of Indians in America (AIA) South Florida chapter along with other local Indian organizations will hold India Independence Day celebrations from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. On the agenda is cultural entertainment of music and dance, Indian food and fashion. For details, call AIA at (561) 299-5978 or email [email protected]


The Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville will celebrate India’s Independence Day on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center, 1 UNF Drive, Building 45. Social hour will be from 3 to 3:45 with cultural performances from 4 to 7 followed by dinner. The event is open to all and free to the public. For details, visit


The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold India Day celebrations from 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., in Melbourne. Admission is free. For information, call (321) 591-2672 or visit


India's Independence Day will be celebrated from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St., Gainesville. For details, visit


India Association of Naples will celebrate Independence Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. For details, email [email protected]


India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH) has tentatively set Saturday, Aug. 19, for its annual Utsav/India Day. The free event is to celebrate India's Independence Day and showcase talents of community members. For venue, time and other details, e-mail [email protected] or visit

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AryanFidaaHe had never acted in a film though he is an avid moviegoer. But he was picked from hundreds of Telugu boys of Indian origin who auditioned for the part. Meet Aryan Talla of Tampa, who plays the role of adopted, younger brother to the hero Varun Tej, in “Fidaa,” a Telugu feature film that hit the theaters in late July. In the movie, Aryan accompanies Tej, a non-resident Indian from Texas, to Telangana, India, for the wedding of their elder brother. Since its release, “Fidaa” has received a warm welcome.

The Pride Elementary School student was brimming with joy as he spoke to Khaas Baat. “I actually enjoyed a lot shooting for ‘Fidaa’ in Telangana, where it is so hot and humid,” he says. “It was a pleasure to act with actor Varun Tej under director Sekhar Kammula. And I look forward to acting in more movies.” Aryan points out that he has visited Telangana in the past to spend time with his grandparents. “Fidaa” was also shot in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and Durango, Colorado. Overall, the process took nearly three months of shooting for the newly discovered child actor.

AryanBorn and brought up in Tampa, Aryan is a huge fan of N.T. Rama Rao Jr. And he likes Tom Cruise and Shah Rukh Khan. And when not doing his homework, he is watching Telugu films and playing basketball.

His father, Chandu Talla, and mother Veena are extremely proud of their son. “It’s a journey,” says Chandu. “Last year, my wife sent a talent video of our son to director Kammula. Aryan’s commitment, passion and positive energy is an inspiration. And I am proud we have taken this decision to identify where his passion lies.”

He is an active kid who has the talent and hard work to succeed,” concludes delighted mom, Veena Talla.

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