MAY 2019
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MAY 4: “SELFIE SAMBANDHO NI;” Gujarati play presented by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 7:30 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; free to 2019 GSTB members, $15 non-members; for information, call Keval Brahmbhatt at (813) 494-2700 or Sandip Patel at (865) 771-9190.

MAY 4: ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT; organized by Indo American Foundation of Tampa Bay; tee time 10 a.m.; Lake Jovita Golf Course (south), 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City; for information, call (813) 368-7389 or visit

MAY 4: "PANCHAM;" music and dance bonanza by the artists from India to celebrate the memories of the late R.D. Burman; directed by Milind Oak; organized by Maayboli Melava Tampa Bay (Maharashtra Mandal); Hillsborough Community College (HCC) - Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa; 1 p.m.; tickets start at $20; for information, call (765) 337-5899 or email

MAY 4: FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS; Pier 60 Pavilion, 7 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach; 2:30 to 7 p.m.; free admission; live music, drama, dance; for information, call Bhadra das at (352) 316-4560 or email

MAY 5: “ARE WE CONNECTED, YET ISOLATED?” how social media, online gaming and the internet are changing our relationships, families and society; panel discussion with psychologist, psychiatrist, communication specialist and other professionals; 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Jimmie B. Keel Library, Room C, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa; free for everyone (ages 10 and above); RSVP at (813) 720-7115 or email

MAY 5: WALK GREEN; organized by BAPS Charities; Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E. Harrison St., Tampa; 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; for information, visit

MAY 10: JAI HO MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) and American Pain Association; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; tickets start at $49; singer Sukhwinder Singh and artists with special guest Amruta Fadnavis, first lady of the state of Maharashtra; for information, call (856) 873-6633.

MAY 11: 21st ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR; Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; health screenings and discussions; for information, call (813) 962-6890 or visit

MAY 11: MUSICAL CONCERT; singer Vijay Prakash; presented by Tanish Media and Tampa Bay Friends (Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu); 4 p.m.; Sickles High School Auditorium, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; tickets start at $20; for information, call Dr. Renuka Ramappa at (727) 364-7488.

MAY 15: ICC SENIORS GET-TOGETHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no age restriction; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or (813) 863-3048.

MAY 17-19: 1st ANNUAL BRAHMOTSAVAM CELEBRATIONS; honoring Lord Satyanarayana Swami; Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (813) 962-6890 or visit

MAY 19: MUSIC CONCERT; presented by Shruti Foundation; Dr. Kanada Narahari on sitar, Vinay Desai on santoor and Shankh Lahiri on tabla; Unitarian Universalist Church, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; $25 general, $15 for students and $50 VIP; for information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit

MAY 18: GRAND FLUTE CONCERT; presented by Vidwan Praveen Godkhindi and party; Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 p.m.; for information, call (813) 962-6890 or visit

MAY 19: RATH YATRA; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 10 a.m.; for information, call (813) 962-6890 or visit

MAY 19: HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT; second memorial concert hosted by Swaradhana for Avinash Deshpande, founder of Swaradhana; performers are singer Omkar Dadarkar with Sanjay Deshpande (tabla) and Milind Kulkarni (harmonium); Arbor Greene Clubhouse, Tampa; 3:30 to 6 p.m.; $25 per person; for tickets/information, call Aditi Deshpande at (727) 742-7009 or Rashmi Deshmukh at (423) 314-7064.

June 8-13: Discourse, Meditation, Yoga with Swami Mukundanandaweekend (June 8-9) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays (June 10-13) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free; mahaprasadam will be served; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Dale at (727) 432-1020 or Simmy at (813) 300-0584.

JUNE 30: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by light lunch; register at on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited space; for information, call Jaimin Amin at (813) 283-8125 or Subramanian Kumar at (813) 679-4237.


MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: AAPI YOGA THERAPY; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25: HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION CLASSES; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 9 to 10 a.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

MAY 5: ANNUAL PICNIC; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; 11 a.m.; Red Bug Lake Park (pavilion A), 3600 Red Bug Lake Road, Casselberry; music, games, antakshri; RSVP required by May 2 at

MAY 5: “SARDAR PATEL;” play performed by Shaunak Vyas and presented by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; free for GSCF members; 6 p.m.; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; for information, call Jatin at (407) 619-7224 or visit


MAY 3: “A MUSICAL JOURNEY;” presented by RAAGA; performers are Jayanth, Bharadwaj and Murari; 7 p.m.; Rush Auditorium, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers; adults $20; purchase tickets at or call (239) 994-7120.

JUNE 9: 8th MANDIR ANNIVERSARY; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information, call (239) 225-0319 or visit


MAY 4: SPORTS DAY; presented by India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH); Godby High School, 1717 W. Tharpe St., Tallahassee; 8:30 a.m.; IATLH member-event only; for details, e-mail or visit


MAY 18: “Music For the Soul” vocal concert; presented by The Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); performers are Hindustani vocal singer Omkar Dadarkar, accompanied by Milind Kulkarni on harmonium and Sanjay Deshpande on tabla; 5 to 7:30 p.m.; FAU Auditorium (Davie Campus),Liberal Arts Building, Room 120  (LA120), 3200 College Ave., Davie; general admission is $25 and students $15 with current ID; tickets are available at

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