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MARCH 25: Holi

MARCH 5: SECOND ANNUAL SPRING SOCIAL MIXER, evening of garba and raas, organized by New Tampa Gujarati Community, $5 for adults, free for children; for more information, call Nila Patel at (813) 971-8081 or Daksha Jadeja at (813) 973-4212.

MARCH 6: “SHATRANJ KE MOHARE,” three-act Hindi comedy play, organized by Hindu University of America, Sickles High School Auditorium, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; 4 p.m.; tickets are $25, $35, $100; proceeds will benefit Hindu University of America; call Pawan Rattan at (813) 254-0707 or Abhinav Dwivedi at (813) 992-0807 or log on to

MARCH 18: YOUTH TSUNAMI RELIEF BASH, organized by the Youth Committee of Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay to benefit victims of the Dec. 26 tragedy; University Community Hospital-Carrollwood campus auditorium (just south of the emergency entrance), 6925 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; 8 p.m. to midnight; for ages 15 and up admission $5; call Pooja Pandya at (813) 431-9730 or Jyostna Patel at (813) 973-9836.

MARCH 20: VISA CAMP, organized by Federation of Indian Associations of Florida; dual citizenship forms also will be available for filing; Howard Johnson at Interstate 4 and State Road 50 in Tampa; for more information, call Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505, Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345, Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172, Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653 4981 or log on to

MARCH 31-APRIL 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.


MARCH 6: “SHATRANJ KE MOHARE,” three-act Hindi comedy play, organized by Hindu University and Hindu Society of Central Florida, Dr. Phillip High School Auditorium, Turkey Lake Road, Orlando; 4 p.m.; tickets are $25, $35, $50, $100; net proceeds will go toward South India disaster funds; for information, call Hindu University at (407) 275-0013 or e-mail or Hindu Society of Central Florida at (407) 699-5299 or e-mail

MARCH 12: INDIAFEST OF GREATER ORLANDO, organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida, Casselberry temple grounds at 1994 Lake Drive; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; cultural program and games for children as well as food, jewelry, clothing will be for sale; parking fee is $5 per car; for more information, call Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733 or check out

APRIL 20: CONCERT, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma on santoor and Zakir Hussain on tabla, organized by Asian Cultural Association, Dr. Phillips Auditorium; 8 p.m.; call (407) 333-3667 or (407) 971-3669 or click on

MARCH 27: HOLI CELEBRATIONS, organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, Rowlett Park, Tampa; events begins at 11 a.m.; call Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or Harish Patel at (727) 579-4047 or click on

INVERNESS (CITRUS COUNTY) MARCH 25-27: MURTHI PRATHISHTHAPANA AND MAHAKUMBHABHISHEKAM, grand opening celebrations of the Shirdi Sai Center, 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; call (352) 860-2181 or check out

Future Events

Schedule of FIA of Florida activities

(Dates and place subject to change without notice)

March 19, 2005: Visa Camp in Orlando (venue to be decided)

March 20, 2005: Visa Camp in Tampa (Howard Johnson on 50th Street at Interstate 4)
Contact: Chandrakant Patel (813) 340-5505, Satya Shaw (813) 842-0345, Himmat Parikh at (813) 969-1661, Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172

March 31-April 2, 2005: Free Tax Camp (14502 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 306, Tampa, FL 33618) Contact: Satya Shaw, CPA, at (813) 842-0345

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

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

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.

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