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OCT. 5: GANESH CHATURTHI; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); aarti/prasad, stand-up comedy show Ubhya Ubhya Vinod, dinner; 4 to 10 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for details, visit www.mmtbusa.org/

OCT. 6: VOCAL CONCERT; presented by Swaradhana in association with Center for India Studies at USF; Pandit Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar will be accompanied by Dr. Manohar Apte on harmonium and Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla; 4:30 to 7: 30 p.m.; USF
College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; concert is free for USF students with ID and children under 16; for information and to buy tickets online, visit www.swaradhana.org or email info@swaradhana.org

OCT. 6, 13, 20, 27 AND NOV. 3, 10, 17: HINDU DHARMA CLASSES 102; understand the basics and fundamentals of Hinduism; 10:30 a.m. to noon; Hindu Temple of Florida (new classroom No. 1), 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call facilitators Nainan Desai at (813) 245-8417 or Dr. Rao Korabathina at (727) 505-4418.

OCT. 19: FOURTH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY VEG FEST; Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St., in downtown Tampa; presented by Florida Voices for Animals; sumptuous vegan and vegetarian food while promoting local restaurants and businesses; fun and games for kids, eco-friendly and healthy-living exhibits and products, educational film screenings, enlightening talks; Khaas Baat music columnist and vocalist Lavanya Dinesh to perform; for information, visit www.tampabayvegfest.org

OCT. 16: 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) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

OCT. 16: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT: THE LATEST ON IMMIGRATION REFORM; speaker is attorney Dilip Patel, partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Homeowners Choice Insurance Building (5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa); free; dinner will be served and no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

OCT. 20-22: "ESSENCE OF SPIRITUALITY”; talks in English, yoga and meditation by Swami Mukundananda; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; on Sunday, yoga and meditation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by the lecture and Prasad till 2:30 p.m.; on Monday and Tuesday, yoga and meditation will be from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the lecture and Prasad till 9:30 p.m.; for free registration and information, visit www.jkyog.org/2013 or call Sushma Srivastava at (727) 490-2298.

OCT. 26: 26th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; $8 adults, $5 children (3 to 11 years of age); for information, call festival Chairman Mahesh Modha at (813) 476-1540, e-mail indiafestivaltampa@gmail.com or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

NOV. 9: VOCAL CONCERT; presented by Swaradhana in association with Center for India Studies at USF; Pushkar Lele will be accompanied by Vyasmurti Katti on harmonium and Sanjay Deshpande on tabla; 5 to 8 p.m.; USF College of Public Health Auditorium, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; concert is free for USF students with ID and children under 16; for information and to buy tickets online, visit www.swaradhana.org or email info@swaradhana.org

NOV. 10: MUSIC MASALA - East meets West fusion concert; presented by Shruti A.I.M (Association of International Music) and India Cultural Center; ICC, 5511 Lynn Road (Magnolia hall); 7 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $20, seniors $15; students with ID $5 and free for ICC members; organized, arranged and directed by Shankhachur Lahiri; more than 30 musicians will perform in an ensemble format; performers include Jay Gandhi, Abhi Mukherjee; a vocal choir; Tabla Ensemble group; belly dance appearance and others; for information, call (813) 549-9288, e-mail shrutiaimtampa@gmail.com or visit www.shrutiaim.com


OCT. 11: VOCAL CONCERT; Kaushiki Chakrabarty will be accompanied by Subhajyoti Guha on tabla, Ajay Joglekar on harmonium and vocal support by Methodeepa Gangopadhyay; World Gate Resort, 3011 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee; 7 p.m.; tickets are $30, $50, $75, $100; benefits Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an American Cancer Society initiative; for information, call (407) 414-4050, (630) 432-0482 or purchase tickets at www.ticketriver.com/event/8387

OCT. 20: JUGALBANDHI: INDIAN FUSION CONCERT OF VIOLIN AND SANTOOR; TABLA AND MRIDANGAM; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free; 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Nandkishor Muley on santoor, Dr. M. Lalitha on violin, Dr. Ekambaram on mridangam and Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla; for information, call Ganesh Ramachandran at (407) 970-5253, mandir office at (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

NOV. 3: MULTI-FAITH WORKSHOP FOCUSING ON HUMAN VALUES AND DEVELOPING UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD; coordinated by Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group with other associations; free; 1:30 to 4 p.m.; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or e-mail hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com


OCT. 13: SATSANG; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.


NOV. 6: THE MANGANIYAR SEDUCTION BY ROYSTEN ABEL; musicians perform in 36 red-curtained cubicles; University of Florida Performing Arts, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville; 7:30 p.m.; tickets begin at $20; UF students are $10; for information, call 1-800-905-2787 or visit www.performingarts.ufl.edu


THROUGH OCT. 4: “PATH TO HAPPINESS”; talks in English, yoga and discourses by Swami Mukundananda; Hindu Society of North East Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday; free; to register, visit http://www.jkyog.org/2013-events/jacksonville or call (904) 647-4080.

OCT. 27: MUSIC CONCERT; vocalist Shreyasi Chakraborty; 4 p.m.; University of North Florida Student Union Building # 58, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville; donation (dinner will be provided) is $35 for family, $25 individual and $15 for students; presented by Bengali Association of North Florida; RSVP at contact@jaxbengali.org


OCT. 12: ANNUAL GALA; India US Chamber of Commerce South Florida; Hyatt Regency, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables; 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; for ticket information and other details, call (305) 931-8257, e-mail indousa@bellsouth.net or visit www.indousasfl.com

NOV. 23-24: Sulabha Samskrtam: 2-Day Sanskrit Course; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami; Everglades Ballroom, Quality Inn Sawgrass Conference Center, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; taught by Sanskrit scholar Swami Ramakrishnananda; free; open to adults and kids above age 10; for details, visit www.cmmiami.org

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