Our shared culture
It all started when…
Our founder and Guru, Swami Shantanand Saraswati (Swamiji), and Bibbulmen Noongar Elder, Uncle Ken Colbung, first met during the Dance India Taste India Festival in 1997 that was held by the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan - Perth's Swan River.
The Elder presented Swamiji with a didjeridoo on which the Waugle - Rainbow Serpent and the Cobra had been carved. Uncle Ken explained that this was the story of the 'two camps', Australia meeting up with India. An audience of more than three thousand people witnessed the Elder and Swamiji embrace the connections between India and Australia. Their vision and belief continues to inspire SMV to explore the ancient relationships between the two continents, peoples and traditional world views.
SMV is also committed to inquiring, building and sustaining relationships amongst all cultures and peoples. Such traditions of learning, sharing and perpetuating wisdom are inspired by our Guru, Swami Shantanand Saraswati.