Biz Directory
Contact Us
Mental Health
Financial advice
Youth Matters
Techno Corner
  Upcoming Events | Classes | Places Of Worship
Submit Your Event/Classes/Places of worship


Other Area Events



MAY 1: GUJARATI COMEDY AND MANORANJAN SHOW; on Guajrat Day, India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, hosts renowned Gujarati comedian Dr. Jagdish Trivedi; Kathiawadi dinner will be served from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by the show; free for ICC members; non-members pay $20, $50, $75, $100; seniors and students pay $15; for more information, call Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or Dr. Harish Patel at (727) 543-5599.

MAY 8: MOTHER'S DAY FUNDRAISER FOR HAVEN RCS, SHELTER FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THEIR CHILDREN INN PINELLES COUNTY; hosted by Yoga Shakti Wellness Center at its center at 2625 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs; 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $20 donation per person; all donations are taxable; food, entertainment, angelic singing, Tibetan healing bowls concert, laughter medicine presentation; $5 raffle ticket is optional; chance to win from an array of services and goods, including yoga, massage, skincare, chiropractic, restaurant gift cards, seafood products, etc; for information, call (727) 937-4744 or visit

MAY 9: PICNIC; organized by the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave., N., Largo; for more details, write to or join MMTB mailing list at

MAY 9: "A MOTHER'S DAY TO REMEMBER;" to promote Indian Grove program on 88.5 FM (; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; dinner, dance and Melody Makers of Tampa to perform; $20 seniors, $25 per person and $200 per table of 10 includes dinner; cash bar; for information, call 88.5 studios at (813) 238-8001 or Kiran at (813) 416-1014.

MAY 10: MOTHER'S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Fort DeSoto Park, St. Petersburg; for more details, call Dr. C.J. Patel at (813) 960-8450 or visit

MAY 13-19: INNER ENGINEERING - A PEAK OF WELL-BEING; Child-Kare Solutions, 11002 E. Broadway Ave., Seffner; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; attendance mandatory for all seven days; free introductory talk from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 13; for more information, call (813) 413-1661 or email

MAY 16-17: TEMPLE ANNIVERSARY; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, will celebrate its anniversary; several services to be held during the two-day celebration; Sudarshana Homa and Lord Satyanarayana Swamy Kalyanam will be celebrated; for more information, call the temple at (813) 962-6890 or visit

MAY 16: 11TH ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR; at Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free health screening in cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, osteoporosis, asthma, obesity, allergies, bone density, dental exams, eye exams, glaucoma screenings, varicose vein screening, mammography, etc.; for more information, call the temple at (813) 962-6890 or visit

MAY 20: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MAY 23: "SAMARPAN;" presented by Sanatan Mandir as a fundraiser for the temple; Kuchipudi dance show; 7 to 10 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $15; for more information, call Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298.

JUNE 6: 10th ANNIVERSARY GALA; held by the Tampa INDOUS Chamber of Commerce; 6 p.m.; Tampa International Airport Marriott; tickets are $125 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available; for tickets or more information, call INDOUS President Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303, e-mail or visit

JUNE 14: "SATHVARO SHRI RADHE SHYMNO;" Gujarati devotional musical saga of Radha and Krishna; 6 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, call Himanshu Bhatt at (407) 929-4311 or Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020.

JUNE 28: TAMPA BAY RATH YATRA; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road Tampa; bhajans at 9 a.m.; pooja at 10:30 a.m.; Rath Yatra at noon; Mahaprasad at 1:30 p.m. and cultural program at 2 p.m.; co-sponsored by FIA of Tampa Bay, Khaas Baat, Hare Krishna Temple in Alachua, Florida Oriya Association and Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; for more information, call Satish Sharma at (813) 877-2192 or Event Chair Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505.


MAY 2: SPRING GARBA AND DANDIA; presented by Gujarati Youth Society; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for more information, call Shrey Patel at (407) 404-4949 or Disha Shukla at (407) 221-1644.

MAY 3: PICNIC; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age group; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Red Bug Lake Park, 3600 Red Bug Lake Road, Casselberry; for more information, call (407) 695-7113 or e-mail email

JUNE 10-14: 27TH ANNUAL AAPI CONVENTION; organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin; Dolphin Hotel Convention Center, Walt Disney World, Orlando; for more information, e-mail AAPI Convention Chair Ravi Jahagirdar at or visit

JUNE 13: "SATHVARO SHRI RADHE SHYMNO;" Gujarati devotional musical saga of Radha and Krishna; 7 p.m.; Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando; for more information, call Himanshu Bhatt at (407) 929-4311 or Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020.

JUNE 19-21: 4TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION; Hindu Temple of Central Florida celebrates its fourth anniversary; devotees are urged to participate in Sahasra Kalasabhishekam and Brahmotsavam; for more information, call Dr. Adi Nalamshetty at (407) 687-5506 or Srinivas Jarugula at (407) 267-7595 or visit

JULY 2-4: AMERICA TELUGU SAMBARALU; Orange County Convention Center, Orlando; organized by North America Telugu Society; several programs on the agenda, including youth activities, exhibits; for online reservations, visit


MAY 2: SRI ANNAMACHARYA JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS; Hindu Society of N.E. Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for details, call (904) 268-7630 or visit

MAY 9: VAISAKHI; organized by the Sikh Society of North East Florida (SSNEF); cultural program and food; for more details, visit

MAY 23: JAX NRITHYA MELA; RasaJhari, a non-profit organization promoting South Indian classical dances, will present its first annual collage of dance performances; free; 3 to 5 p.m. in the Greenland Pines Elementary School auditorium, 5050 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for more information, call (904) 268-1033.


MAY 1: MONTHLY BHAJAN; organized by the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; Cypress Lake Middle School, 8901 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers; 7:30 p.m.; sponsors are Usha Patel family; for more information, call (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit


MAY 10: MOTHER'S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); 1 p.m.; Kiwanis Park, Merritt Island; for more information, visit


MAY 2: RHYTHMS OF INDIA; presented by Ekal ( Foundation South Florida Center in collaboration with local professionals, including Sharmishta Dutta, Shilpa Krishnan, Aparna Matange, Madhavi Menon, Prathiba Natesan, Neha Shah, Rashmi Sridhar, Sangeetha Sridhar, Ranjana Warier and Guardians of Bhangra; 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., (US 1 and Monroe Street), Hollywood; event includes Bhangra, Bharathnatyam, Bollywood, Kathak, Rabindra Sangeet and Rajasthani folk performances representing classical, contemporary and modern Indian dance forms; $20 admission includes delicious catered Indian dinner; purchase tickets at; for more information, e-mail

MAY 21: 'A FAREWELL TOUR'; legendary singer Jagjit Singh in concert presented by Woodlands Indian Cuisine in Lauderhill; 7:30 p.m.; Coral Springs Center of Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; tickets are $25, $35, $45, $65, $75, VIP and V.VIP; for more information on the Coral Springs concert, call Prasad at (407) 595-3205, Soham at (954) 746-7740 or visit

MAY 30: IRCC IDOL 2009; competition for adults ages 21 and over; polish up your singing, dancing and comedy talent; for more information, visit or e-mail


MAY 9: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: India Association of Tallahassee, as a charter member of the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee, will be celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; Palmer Monroe Community Center, 1900 Jackson Bluff Road, Tallahassee; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; features cultural performances, display booths and ethnic cuisine; for more information, call Aurora Hansen at (850) 321-1114 or Thayumana Somasundaram at or visit


YOGA AND MEDITATION: The Hindu Temple of Florida Vidyalaya presents Yoga and Meditation Classes 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting April 6. Conducted by Shri Sree Reddy, the classes will be held in the temple hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. Minimal fee of $20 per month for the Raja Yoga and Jyothi Meditation classes will be charged. For information, call Nainan Desai at (813) 931-7442, Indira Sastry at (813) 854-1444, Suman Lingappa at (813) 994-2915 or Gayathri Chandra 813-814-2966.

VEDAS: Veda class is being conducted by B. Ganesan (Ganesh) at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; an engineer by profession, Ganesan works in Abu Dhabi, teaching Veda mantras for the last 17 years; Sri Rudhram, Chamaham, Sookthams, Upanishads are being taught for Vedic chanting during this free class; for information, call Ganesan at (813) 732-5935.

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 10am to noon in Tampa; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; for more information on location and fees visit or 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

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on


JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail


CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, 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.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

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 Ave., 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.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on

BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

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.

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

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on

SHRI SHIVDHAM HINDU TEMPLE AND BRAHMRISHI YOGASHRAM: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.


SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.


ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.


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


HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on


SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.

Send information on upcoming events to Nitish S. Rele, Khaas Baat, 18313 Cypress Stand Circle, Tampa, FL 33647
or e-mail
Deadline for submissions is the 18th of each month to be included in the next issue.

Contact Information
The Editor:
Send mail to with questions or comments about this web site. Copyright © 2004 Khaas Baat.

Anything that appears in Khaas Baat cannot be reproduced, whether wholly or in part, without permission. Opinions expressed by Khaas Baat contributors are their own and do not reflect the publisher's opinion.

Khaas Baat reserves the right to edit and/or reject any advertising. Khaas Baat is not responsible for errors in advertising or for the validity of any claims made by its advertisers. Khaas Baat is published by Khaas Baat Communications.