The Shantanand Festival of Arts (SFA) personifies Malaysia’s vibrant spirit and cosmopolitan character and is aimed to emerge as a meeting platform for all artists and art enthusiasts.

The aims of SFA are :

  • To create interest, spread awareness and sustain Malaysia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage in the fields of Performing Arts, Visual Arts & Culinary Art.
  • To present Malaysian art lovers the opportunity of witnessing spectacular performances by renowned national and international artists.
  • Inspire and motivate the Youth of today to delve into the realm and richness of the Arts by providing insight and interaction with the creative artistic process.
  • To contribute to the efforts of the Malaysian Government to make Malaysia a major Cultural and Tourist destination.

 

SFA presents a myriad feast of Classical & Contemporary Music, Classical Dance, Visual Arts, Performing Arts & Culinary arts performed by renowned national artists as well as talented local & regional artists.

 

To make the Festival truly participative and encouraging young talents, the Festival hosts Workshops on music, dance and other art related events.

SFA has been undertaken with a different theme to be able to illustrate the varied appeal of the Arts to different cultures, professions and people generally.

The 1st edition of the SFA was launched in Dec 2014 as a multicultural event of dance and music which brought together local and foreign artistes together. The event comprised of workshops and performances of various arts forms which greatly enriched the experience of those who attended.

The success of SFA 2014 was the catalyst that motivated The Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia to commit to hosting SFA on an annual basis to bring together Malaysian art lovers from all walks of life.

SFA 2015 saw the participation of renowned international artistic groups from 5 different countries, namely India, Pakistan, Philippines , Singapore and Malaysia. A truly international event which definitely increased the profile of the Festival to a regional level.

SFA 2016 was held with the aim of exposing the youth of Malaysia to the varied forms of arts of our culture in Malaysia with a view to developing a Malaysian Arts Identity.

SFA 2017 was held in conjunction with the 60th Independence Day celebrations of Malaysia celebrating cultural diversity within the country.

The Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia (TFA) is a registered not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of arts and culture in Malaysia. The institution is dedicated to the promotion of all form of the Arts, whether Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts or Culinary Arts.

 

TFA was founded by His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati in 1981 with a simple motto – art, just for the love of it .


It was in 1981 that His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati, lit a lamp to symbolize the beginning of something very beautiful for the Arts, especially music and dance. 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 TFA would be the place where a young child could learn music and dance from teachers who understood the true source of creativity and inspiration.

Today, almost 40 years on, TFA believes that it has stood true to its motto by enriching the lives of many Malaysians, young and old, through the arts, just for the love of it. TFA :

  • Conducts dance, music and drama classes at affordable rates and provides partial / full scholarships to those in need of financial support;

 

Today, The Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia runs over 300classes for 22 disciplines comprising traditional and contemporary styles. The classes are attended by approximately 1400 registered students, of whom over 150 students are on scholarship.

 

  • Collaborates with local and international schools and renowned artistes.

 

TFA believes that collaboration with local and international artistes is as important with teaching the arts so as to inspire the creativity of the young talent. To this end, TFA regularly hosts performances at the its very own state-of-the-art auditorium at the Sanctuary of Arts, the Shantanand Auditorium.

 

  • Provides a regular platform for budding artistes to showcase their work

 

At TFA, we believe that that it is with the opportunity to perform that a budding artiste will be able gain experience and improve their skills. TFA therefore regularly provides students the opportunity to perform on stage in a safe environment with a view to nurture their confidence as they develop their skills.

The Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia has successfully organised performance tours of its Dance, Music and Dance Drama productions to various parts of India, Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, US and UK We have also participated in local and international arts festivals and events:

Local

  • Rainforest Festival Sarawak
  • Kuala Lumpur Arts Festival,
  • Kuala Lumpur Sound and Light Feat
  • DiverseCity

 

International

  • Arts Festival of Chennai
  • Edinburgh Arts Festival
  • Delhi International Arts Fest,
  • South by Southwest Festival (Austin, Texas)
  • National Arts Fest South Africa
  • Fethiye Arts Festival, Turkey
  • Hakodate Arts Fest, Japan
  • Swan Festival of Lights Australia
  • Advocates versatility in the expression of the Art

Students of The Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia are encouraged to pursue more than one art form to express themselves , discover their talents as well as obtain a rounded appreciation of the arts.

 

  • Presents annual flagship productions as a love offering to the art loving public purely on a pay-as-you-wish basis at the annual Shantanand Festival of Arts.

TFA is well reputed in the Malaysian arts scene for its annual flagship productions. These productions are our way of thanking the Malaysian public for their support and well-wishes in our pursuit to develop the Arts in Malaysia. To-date, TFA has staged more than 20 major music, dance and dance drama productions. These productions have featured diverse themes from popular Malay and Chinese folk legends like, The Legend of Mahsuri, Butterfly Lovers to epic tales like Ramayana and English themes like Jonathan Livingston Seagull and reworks of Shakespearean themes, such as a Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Taming of the Shrew.


It is our believe that music, art and dance have their origins in the Divine; and these divine forms of expression are taught for the love of it. The range of dance, music and other art forms taught is wide-ranging, forming a colourful tapestry of movements for the eager student.

As Malaysians, we have one of the most unique social fabrics in the world; our arts, food, language, and cultural practices originate from different cultures brought together by seafarers, scholars, and seekers of prosperity.

 

The subsequent interweaving of cultures brought about a conglomeration of ideas and perspectives expressed in a wide range of tastes and flavours. Curry Laksa is a fine example. Curry from the Indians, santan and belacan from the Malays and noodles from the Chinese! Malaysia in a bowl. And this sort of easy, spontaneous interweaving is found in our day-to-day living, at home, at the malls, in the bandaraya, in the kampung. It’s in the way we feel about ourselves, express ourselves.

 

The Shantanand Festival of Arts, which is named after the founder of TFA – Swami Shantanand Saraswathi – saw the need to embrace and learn from different cultures, and created works to express that inspiration. Dance dramas like Mahsuri (1988), Legend of Lady White Snake (1989), ASEAN Ramayana (1992), Taj Mahal (1995), and Butterfly Lovers (2001) are significant. He told these stories through dance and music forms found in Malaysia and succeeded in highlighting both their essence and their interpretation – much to the pleasure of a growing audience hungry for nourishment of the soul. For that is the purpose of the arts. It was his humble attempt at strengthening the interweaving of the fabric of our community.

 

This year’s theme for the SFA – Interweaving – looks at all the diverse beauty of our social fabric that unites us, at a time where gaping holes in this fabric seem to threaten its integrity and beauty.

Tickets for the various shows and showcases can be purchases at the TFA Office. Tickets to workshops and Feature productions can also be bought via http://sfa.tfa.org.my/. For more details please call us on +0322743709, email sfa@tfa.org.my or whatsapp +60168952874

Please note the following:

  • Tickets may be purchased online or at the TFA office – subject to availability
  • Limited quantities of Pay-as-you-wish invites are available only at the TFA office
  • Tickets once sold cannot be refunded/cancelled. You may pass it on to your friends/family.  
  • Tickets may not be exchanged against cash or vouchers
  • Doors will open 15 to 60 mins prior to the event. Kindly be present at least 10minutes prior to the show timing
  • Organisers reserve the right to admission for guests at all times
  • Unauthorized audio/video/photography is strictly prohibited.
  • For tickets booked online – please collect the actual ticket from the TFA office prior to the show by sharing the order confirmation email and your proof of identity. Tickets may also be collected from the designated box office area on the day of the show

Please note the following:

  • Tickets may be purchased online or at the TFA office – subject to availability
  • Tickets to workshops and showcases are limited and available on first-come-first-serve basis
  • Limited quantities of Pay-as-you-wish invites are available online and at the TFA office for showcases and talks. Admission to workshops is by tickets only.
  • Tickets once sold cannot be refunded/cancelled. You may pass the tickets on to your friends/family. However, for workshops, you would need to inform TFA of the participant attending by sending an email to sfa@tfa.org.my
  • Tickets may not be exchanged against cash or vouchers
  • Doors will open 15 to 60 mins prior to the event. Kindly be present atleast 15minutes prior to the show timing
  • Organisers reserve the right to admission for guests at all times
  • Unauthorized audio/video/photography is strictly prohibited.
  • For tickets booked online  – Kindly present your email confirmation at the venue to proceed with the workshop. Online tickets are not available for Pay-As-You-Wish events.

Any materials you may require for the workshop will be provided by the organizer/workshop coordinator. Kindly read the instructions on the website/brochure before buying your tickets.

Kindly get in touch with TFA for any such requests.

Tickets can be purchased at the office or online. For workshops, email confirmation may be presented at the venue or any offline ticket purchased. For feature productions, kindly collect your tickets at the TFA Office prior to the show or at the designated box office on the day of the show

Due to limited parking slots available near TFA, we urge our patrons to car pool or use e-hailing services such as Grab/MyCar etc..

Valet services may be provided at the venue (subject to availability)

In the event that you are not able to secure a car park on Jalan Berhala, alternate public car park facility is available at Komplex TLK Brickfields (a 8 storey car park facility opposite the Brickfields Post Office), approximately 5 mins walk away from TFA.

You can be a part of SFA by being a patron, art-lover or volunteer. To volunteer your services for the shows, kindly get in touch with us by writing to us on sfa@tfa.org.my or dropping us a note via our social media channels including whatsapp. You can also help spread the work by sharing our posts on your personal social media handles.

You can be a part of TFA by being a student, patron, art-lover or volunteer. To volunteer your services for the shows, kindly get in touch with us by writing to us on admin@tfa.org.my or dropping us a note via our social media channels including whatsapp. You can also help spread the word by sharing our posts on your personal social media handles.

Tickets once purchased cannot be cancelled or refunded.

In the unfortunate event that the a planned event does not take place as planned, you will be required to apply for a refund through sfa@tfa.org my providing details of your receipt and your bank account details for transfer of refund.  We will endeavour to refund within 14 days from receipt of complete details.

Yes, if the person is eligible to attend the show/workshop on your behalf, you may pass the tickets to your friends/family.  Kindly take note of the age restrictions some of the workshops may have. Please also inform us of the name of the person attending on your behalf by emailing your booking details and the name of the person attending to sfa@tfa.org.my .

Donations can be made at The Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia’s administrative office at 114-116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

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