JULY 2011
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



JULY 8-13: SHRI NATH JI CHARITRAMRUT KATHA; Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; to be narrated by Yuva Acharya Pujaya Pad 108 Goswami Shri Vraj Raj Ji Mahoday Shri of Baroda; for more information, call Himmatbhai Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

JULY 8-Aug. 12: FRESH VIEW: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN; presented by PEHCHAAN; Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa; six Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; $30 deposit; pre-registration required; for registration or information, call facilitators Aarti Mathur at (813) 313-9415, Sushama Kirtikar at (813) 810-2470, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

THROUGH JULY 3: SHRIMAD BHAGVAT KATHA; speaker is Shastri Swami Narayancharandasji; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Dr. Dipak Shah at (813) 486-1074, Mukund Bhalani at (813) 817-0544 or visit www.utsav2011.org

JULY 10: TAMPA BAY RATH YATRA (FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS); India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for more information, call Satish K. Sharma at (813) 877-2192, Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or Kiron Senapati at (813) 340-2324, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.tampabyarathyatra.org

JULY 16: INDIAN CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT “THE NEW GENERATION”; USF College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Anupam Shobhakar on sarod, Abhik Mukherjee on sitar, Jay Gandhi on flute and Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla; presented by Swaradhana and USF Center for India Studies; early bird special is $25 until July 13; to reserve ticket, e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

JULY 20: ICC SENIORS GET-TO-GATHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

Swami Mukundananda

JULY 24-30: “DEVOTION: THE GREATEST POWER AND HIGHEST IDEAL;” series of enlightening talks, yoga and meditation by Swami Mukundananda, founder of Jagadguru Kripalyugi Yog, world-renowned teacher of spirituality, yoga and meditation; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; yoga and meditation will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and discourses will be 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; for more information, call Dr. Ram Pai at (813) 391-2871 or Jasubhai Bakriwala at (727) 507-1086 or visit www.jkyog.org/2011 to register.

SEPT. 10: DREAMGIRLS OF BOLLYWOOD; presented by Kotyark LLC and Malayalee Association of Central Florida; show intermingles the culture, ethos and performing arts of India with the magical and vibrant Bollywood; David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Wc Macinnes Place, Tampa; 8 p.m.; tickets are $40, $50, $75, $100, $150, VIP; for more information, call Parimal Butala at (813) 892-8197 or Sheela Kutty at (727) 946-6554.


JULY 3: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP; Hindu Society of Central Florida hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 to 5 p.m.; tea/coffee party; free for members who have paid annual membership at $10 per person; otherwise, $3 per person cover charge; RSVP to [email protected] or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

JULY 3: GUJARATI LOK SANGEET, DUAHA, BHAJANS, HAASYAA; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 6 p.m.; $15, $25, $35; for information, call (407) 398-2125 or (386) 479-3055.

JULY 6 AND JULY 13: SPECIAL LECTURE PROGRAM SERIES; organized, moderated and coordinated by Dr. BVK Sastry; theme is Hindu Foods; Hindu University of America, 113 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando; free; 7 to 8 p.m. both days; for information, call (407) 275-0013 or visit http://www.hua.edu/

JULY 9: INFORMATIVE SEMINAR ON LONG-TERM CARE; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida Senior group; seniors 60 years of age and older invited; presented by New York Life Insurance Co. at their training facility: Maitland Center, 495 N. Keller Road, Maitland; 11:30 a.m.; for information, call I.C. Bhavsar at (407) 948-1058, Ramesh Panchal at (321) 277-1745 or Dhruv Master at (407) 869-0962.

JULY 14: INDIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (IACC) NETWORKING EVENT; heavy appetizers and cash bar; 6:30 to 9 p.m.; HEAT Tandoor & Lounge, 55 W. Church St., Orlando; free for members; $20 for non-members; for information, call Sanjay at (407) 709-8663, Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050, RSVP [email protected] or visit www.iaccorlando.com

JULY 22-24: THIRD Matiya World Convention; theme is “Giving Back” Dil Se; on the agenda are breakout sessions on insurance, immigration, health, etc., keynote speakers, gala dinner, which includes raffle, awards, fundraiser, live music and dance, raas/garba with live band, youth and senior programs, talent show, vendor exhibits and a cruise; Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive; for more information, call Kiran Patel at (407) 797-1000, Rakesh Bhula at (727) 858-8888 or e-mail [email protected]; Also, register at www.matiyaworld.com


JULY 1-3: SIXTH MANDIR PATOTSAV (MURTI RE-CONSECRATION CEREMONY); Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; for more information, call (863) 687-4776 or (863) 529-1146, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.swaminarayanfl.com


JULY 10-16: SHRIMAD BHAGVAT KATHA; speaker will be Shastri Swami Narayancharandasji; Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera; for information, call Kanti Bhalani at (321) 298-55531, Vinu Patel at (321) 432-4535 or visit www.utsav2011.org

JULY 16: SENIOR DAY; organized by the India Association of Space Coast; venue, time to be decided; for details, call Vinu Patel at (321) 432-4535 or visit www.iascbrevard.com


Pujya Deepakbhai Desai

JULY 5-7: 2011 DADA BHAGWAN SATSANG; self-realization seminar and Gnanvidhi ceremony (experiment of self-realization) by Pujya Deepakbhai Desai, disciple of Dada Bhagwan; Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd., Jacksonville; free; for more information, call Sudhir/Usha Patel at (907) 743-7327 or Ravindra Patel at (904) 262-1795 or visit www.dadabhagwan.org


JULY 6-11: SRI VENKATESHWARA BRAHMOTSAVAM AND RATHOTHSAVAM; grand Rathothsavam will be around noon on July 10; various sponsorships are available; Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida, 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 689-0471 or visit www.shivavishnu.org

JULY 15: GURU PURNIMA CELEBRATIONS; organized by Chinmaya Mission; at Balchandani residence, South Miami; for more information, e-mail [email protected]

AUG. 8-14: HINDU HERITAGE YOUTH CAMP; Shiva Mandir-Florida Hindu Organization, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; for more information, call the temple at (954) 735-3560, Vijay Persad at (954) 854-6929, Nairmal Ramlogan at (954) 937-7729 or visit www.fhosm.com

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