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by Shephali J. Rele

Get Bollywood/IIFA-related news from the writers at Khaas Baat, the local newspaper serving the Florida Indian-American community for the past 10 years.

Vidya Balan makes first IIFA appearance in Florida

Making her first visit to Florida, Vidya Balan was in Tampa today to promote upcoming IIFA celebrations this April 23-26. Speaking at a press conference at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Balan said she felt welcomed by the people of Tampa and looks forward to lifetime memories being made here. “IIFA believes in one people, one world, and brings us closer….this time with IIFA being in Tampa Bay, it's going to be the best so far.”

Deepika Padukone was the latest name announced as one of the IIFA Awards performers. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's music will be highlighted at Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards (on Friday, April 25, at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre), tickets for which go on sale at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com March 15. Prices range from $75 to $750, plus taxes and fees. Organizers also announced that nearly 20,000 tickets have been sold so far for the main event on Saturday, April 26, at Raymond James Stadium. A new block of tickets for awards night will go on sale tomorrow.

Balan later made an appearance at Eat at Joe's lunch & concert party at Chillura Courthouse Square Park in downtown, where well over a 100 fans had gathered to catch a glimpse of the award-winning superstar. Khaas Baat interviewed Vidya Balan. Look forward to our April issue for the one on one.