Temple of Fine arts

The temple of fine arts is an institution that acts a sanctuary dedicated to Indian arts. This temple encourages and nurtures appreciation through dance, music, art and performances.

The institution was founded by a guru named His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi in 1981. Swamiji believed that music and dance were essential to the overall development of children. The place is open to anyone from all faiths and walks of life who wants to experience first hand about Indian arts.

Located in Brickfields, the Temple of Fine Arts provides service to the community through advocating and supporting the Indian arts. There are with many volunteers join hands assisting its daily operation.

The institution is serious about cultivating the awareness of Indian arts among the youngsters. Parents can enrol their children as young as six to learn vocal, classical dance, veena and bala vihar (rudiments of fine arts) here.

The institution is equipped with with dance studios, music rooms, rehearsal hall and a new 600-seater Shantanand Auditorium.There are always Indian arts related performances held every month here. The overall running and activities of The Temple of Fine Arts are funded by donations from the public and art lovers, as well as assistance and aid extended by the government

Once visitors enter this iconic building, they can see every aspects of ancient arts and the reminiscent of a spiritual time in India adorning the walls.  At the very top of the building is the temple of worship where devotees gather for devotional prayers.

In the same building, there is a vegetarian restaurant that offers mouthwatering authentic South Indian and North Indian delicacies for visitors.

The institution is accessible by public transportation. It is just a walking distance from the biggest Transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral Station.

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Operating Hours

Tuesday – Friday: 9.30 a.m – 12.30 p.m, 1.30 p.m – 9.00 p.m

Sunday: 9.30 a.m – 7.00 p.m

Monday and Saturday: close


There is no entrance fee. But one has to pay to watch the performance.


116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Our little trip to Brickfields came to an end at the Temple of Fine Arts, an big three storey building completed in 2008. The role of the TFA is to help Malaysian Indians to remain in touch with their Southern Indian cultural roots and traditions. It houses function rooms and performance venues. On the ground floor is a lovely Indian restaurant called Annalakshmi , a veritable hidden gem in Kuala Lumpur…

Miera Nadhirah

The shrine of music and dance established by His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi in 1981. A sanctuary for the arts and artists. A temple for artistic, cultural and spiritual exploration and expression.


Swamiji made it possible for any child to learn at The Temple of Fine Arts without the burden of costly fees. This was his aim of serving the community.The institution quickly grew and within five years, it enjoyed a student population of more than 800. Students were taught Bharatanatyam, folk dances, semi classical
movements, and musical instruments such as mrdangam, veena, flute and harmonium. There were students for vocal classes too


Nearby Attractions

KL Sentral Station

Kuala Lumpur Sentral is a transit-oriented development that houses the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. As the main Intercity transportation hub, it hosts Monorail services, LRT services, KTM ETS Services, KTM Komuter Services and ERL Service under its roof.

National Planetarium

The National Planetarium is dedicated to all things related to astronomy. It’s a fun and educational place for kids to learn about astronomy.

National Museum

The Museum provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture from the prehistoric era until today.