Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) was established by our founder the late Swami Shantanand Saraswati (Swamiji) to expand the scope of the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) to promote art and culture in various forms, and knowledge in general, with the same ethos of ‘art for art's sake’ and service to the community through the arts and culture.
Since 1981, TFA had been instrumental in spreading Indian art and culture by organising festivals and producing and presenting world-renowned Indian artistes in performance and workshop structures. SMV has taken up this mantle, and offers classes performing arts, in the dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, folk and Bollywood, and music classes in Carnatic (South Indian) vocal, veena, tabla, sarod, harmonium, piano and guitar. Expanding in its capacity, it has also been running classes in visual art, languages, and Indian and Asian vegetarian cooking, including cooking classes for the visually impaired.
SMV has also organised and hosted many events around Perth, such as Swan Festival of Lights and Culture Box at Beaufort and concerts by world-class artistes like Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Dr. L Subramaniam and extending into intercultural exchange with artists like African/American dancer and choreographer Olivier Tarpaga.
As part of SMV’s dedication to promote harmony through culture, SMV has worked with various cultural groups to produce collaborative works, as well as providing studio space for other cultural groups and artistes to conduct their classes. Its black box theatre is also an official venue for events such as the Fringe World Festival.
Chung Wah Dance
Representing Perth's Chinese groups is the Chung Wah Dance Company. The company was formed in 1980 with the objective of promoting and preserving Chinese culture within multicultural Australia. The troupe performs classical and contemporary Chinese dance including the 'Han' and folk dances from a number of Chinese provinces.
Chung Wah Dance has performed at a number of events including Chinese New Year and Oz Concert.
Casa Del Compás
Farida Rabih established Casa Del Compás which means "Home of the Beat”in Bibra Lake in 2005 and continues to welcome students of all ages and levels. In addition to ongoing classes and courses with international guest artists, students of Casa Del Compás enjoy a wonderful sense of community, sharing a passion for Spanish music and dance through their regular classes, intensive workshops with international guests artists and special social events. All dancers are encouraged to perform in their annual school concert and those who reach advanced level are provided with opportunities to present their work throughout the year.
Charlesworth Ballet Institute
Charlesworth Ballet Institute offers two programmes; Charlesworth Ballet College (CBC), and Charlesworth Ballet School. Dancers performing in the Swan Festival of Lights are students from CBI. CBI, is a professional dance training programme designed to nurture and develop the young dancer to enable him or her to achieve a career in dance. With the high demands for work in the dance industry CBC has devised a solid, diverse training programme, which includes Classical, Contemporary, Spanish & Character Dance, Music, Theory and Performance. Classical Ballet makes up the major component of the courses studied and uses the Vaganova method of training considered the finest syllabus for classical ballet.
Indonesia Jatayu Productions
Indonesia Jatayu Productions is an Indonesian culture dance performance group showcasing cultures across the Indonesian Archipelago through their dance and spectacular custom costumes.
TIDA Okinawan Dance Group
We are the newly created Okinawan traditional dance group based in Perth, Western Australia. Organisers have been trained traditional Okinawan dance in Okinawa for several years and have passion to show in Australia. Okinawa is the southern island in Japan and has its own unique culture. Through our performance, feel the breathe, music, and move to your heart.
TFA Inner Space Dance
In 1981 a lamp was lit to symbolise the beginning of something very beautiful for the Malaysian arts and culture scene. The aim was to guide Malaysian youth to rediscover the cultural and artistic wealth of their forefathers and to make it relevant to themselves and for future generations to come. With the guiding principle of “Art Just for the Love of It”, The Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) was born through the vision of H.H. Swami Shantanand Saraswati and with the support of two extraordinary dance icons, Gopal Shetty and Sivadas, and their respective spouses, Ratha and Vatsala.
Conceptualised as the performing wing of The Temple of Fine Arts International, TFA Inner Space Dance is an award-winning performing arts company that aspires to push the boundaries of traditional norms of dance creation and presentation. ISD explores and innovates on well-loved themes and ideas in a totally original and contemporary manner that spills beyond traditional boundaries, breaking down habituated perceptions and notions of what dance is so as to capture the attention and abiding interest of art lovers of all races for our unique genre of dance. ISD seeks to produce new and creative works annually in collaboration with diverse artistes and arts forms with the intent to inspire young artists, engage the community at a grass roots level and finally to create a platform that will provide artists the ability to become wholly available for the creation of innovative forms of artistic expression.
Rangeelo Dance Group
Rangeelo Dance Group is Perth based multicultural group known for their amazing garba performances at various community events. At the heart of Rangeelo Dance Group is very talented & energetic Hiral Patel, supported by Sarvesh Patel. They both have choreographed various performances over the past years and are well sought after choreographer for Garba performances in Perth. The group of performers are of mix age and different nationality though very passionate about garba. The energy and effort they put in their performance keeps everyone on their feet.