Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha & Fine Arts was established in 1952, with the main objective of promoting Fine Arts in the city of then Bombay. Today, the objective has expanded to include providing a platform to budding artistes, to showcase their talents, impart training in various fields of Fine Arts to aspiring students, providing affordable health care in certain critical areas to the vulnerable sections of society and promote national integration through its various activities.
The Sabha Auditorium, which has a capacity of 2763, has been and continues to be the venue for some of the finest cultural events and programs in the field of performing arts. Distinguished personalities who have performed in the Sabha include Bharat Ratna Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, M. L. Vasanthakumari, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussian, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kishori Amonker, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, S. P. Balasubramaniam, Zubin Mehta, to name a few. Almost all the current artists have performances to their credit in the Sabha, at one time or the other. The Sabha has also been visited by various political leaders including Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Lal Krishna Advani.
The Sabha auditorium was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1990. It has long been resurrected, rising from the ashes like a phoenix, thanks to the untiring efforts of Sabha members and help from the state government and various philanthropic agencies.
The Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium is one of the finest examples of structural engineering and architectural aesthetics working in perfect unison, to synthesise and recreate the moods, melodies and drama of the performing artistes. The arrangements offer the perfect platform for music concerts, entertainment programs, dramas, marketing meets, business seminars, conferences and film screenings.
The auditorium has been designed on three tiers with spacious foyers to cater to large crowds. The Bharatiya Music & Arts Society (Regd.) was merged
into the Sabha in 2005. The Shanmukhananda Bharatiya Sangeetha Vidyalaya building has state-of-the-art facilities at its building at Bhaudaji Road Extension, Sion West,
The Sabha’s Music School teaches students in various fields of classical music and instruments.
The Sabha’s Medical Centre caters to the needs of the general public for treatment for Dialysis, Eye Care and General Medicine.