A creative avenue for the graduates and teachers of Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, and unique to Perth, The Temple of Fine Arts is the professional company and performing wing of the educational institute, Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya Institute of education.
The Temple of Fine Arts sprang forth as the visionary idea of Swami Shantanand Saraswathi, disciple of Swami Shivananda and mentor/guru of the Shiva family. In 1981, with the help of his devotees, Master Sivadas and wife Vatsala, Master Gopal Shetty and wife Radha, who were all dance teachers, Swamiji inspired the beginnings of the Temple of Fine Arts. Music, art and dance, he taught, have their origins in the Divine, hence, the word “Temple”.
Here the divine is worshipped through the fine arts and art is taught just for the love of it. Today, TFA teaches different classical and folk dances and music of South as well as North India and has become a government recognised non-profit institution in all its centers.
Music, art and dance, have their origins in the divine, hence, the word “temple”. At the temple of fine arts, the divine is worshipped through the fine arts, and art is taught simply for the love of it. A genuine aspiration to learn is the only prerequisite. Even though nominal fees are charged for classes, a deserving student is never refused for want of money.
So it is from these roots that a detailed treaties on dance was intuitively expounded by Sage Bharata some 5000 years ago— the Natyashastra. The revival and reintegration of the fundamentals of the Natyashastra into the present day world that has formed the basic syllabus upon which an institution, The Temple of Fine Arts was founded in 1981 in Australia. Today the Temple of Fine Arts is well recognised and established in Malaysia, Singapore, India, USA, Canada, Sri Lanka and Australia.
The Temple of Fine Arts is a cultural and service oriented organisation with centres in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Chennai (Madras), Coimbatore, Singapore and Perth. Today we are a well-known organisation in our respective countries, recognised and respected as an institution whose primary motive is that of service.
The Temple of Fine Arts aspires to be an institution that would promote the promising young citizens of character having faith in themselves and love for the arts, so that they are not left without an avenue for artistic and personal development merely for want of funds.
The Temple seeks to be formative more than informative, and does not have for its end mere acquisition of knowledge. Its legitimate sphere is not only to develop natural talents but also to shape them and to enable them to absorb and express the permanent values of culture. It strives to take into account not only the facets of the students’ personality but also the totality of their relations and leads them to the highest self- fulfilment.
The result is a co-operative endeavour that allows one to give according to his capacity and take according to his needs. It fosters continuity and change in a way that’s as bold as it is exciting. It moves away from the comfort of dogma by combing the tradition with the modern. And it does it with an abandon that can only come from fearlessness, faith and fortitude. It is an idea that works towards an ideal as it builds a future on the very best of the past.
We think of our performances as an expression of the divine. Drawing their inspiration from stories as contemporary as Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingstone Seagull to epics as ancient as The Bhagavad Gita, they enthral audiences through a unique synthesis of past and present; of traditional movements and high-tech production techniques.
The result is a visual feast of innovative choreography flavoured by spectacular costumes, magnificent sets, evocative lights and memorable music.
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