It was in 1981 that His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi, lit a lamp to symbolise the beginning of something very beautiful for the arts, especially music and dance. By inspiring two extraordinary dancing couples - Gopal and Radha Shetty and Sivadas and Vatsala , Swamiji established an avenue for creating an awareness of, and appreciation for Indian classical dance and music. Shantanand Auditorium. Today we see it’s confluence in many cross-cultural initiatives, too.
The aim was to help Malaysian youth rediscover the cultural, artistic and spiritual wealth of their forefathers and to make it relevant for themselves and for future generations to come.
Swamiji believed that music and dance were essential to the holistic development of the child. Swamiji envisioned that The Temple of Fine Arts would be the place where a young child could learn music and dance from teachers who understood the true source of creativity and inspiration.
As a tribute to Swamiji being the inspiration and Founding Patron of the Temple of Fine Arts, this “heartspace for creative expression” – the auditorium, has aptly been named after Swamiji. It signifies the continuing presence, inspiration and guidance of Swamiji in upholding these noble ideals.
Since its soft launch in January 2011, and later the official opening by The Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak on the 4th of July 2011, Shantanand Auditorium has become a venue of choice for artistic productions and corporate events in Kuala Lumpur.