Born to Smt. Gowri and Shri. Muthu Stapathi on 26th April 1931 Shri S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi hails from a very traditional family of Stapathis. Who were traditional Stapathis from their fore fathers time, Shri S M Ganapathi Stapathi shared his childhood with three brothers and two sisters.
His brother Shri Sattanadha Stapathi is best known for his work in RajaRajeshwari Temple, Bangalore and many other temples in South India. His second brother Shri Muthiah Stapathi Padmasri Awardee in 1992 for Temple Architecture is best known for his work for Adi Chunchunagiri Mutt, Karnataka, then advisor for HR and CE Department, Tamilnadu and many other temples in India and abroad. Shri Shanmugam Stapathi well known for his various temple works in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh
Shri Ganapathy Stapathy was invited by Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams to take up the challenging work of dismantling and re-erecting Vasantha Mandapam. Later on the complicated work of Ramalayam and Kalyana Mandapam at Badrachalam, Andhra Pradesh which became famous for its highly intricate stone work.
Recognising his accomplishment and dedication, the then Government of Andhrapradesh created a special post of Chief Stapathy under Endowments Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh for him to look after all the temple works in Andhra Pradesh and he later retired as Superintending Engineer, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
To his credit he has completed the Mahamantapam for Badrinath Temple, When the Nagarjun Sagar was submerging as many as 48 of 1000 year old temples, Shri S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi sat down to plan and was able to shift all the age old temples to safer spots.
He was awarded the Padmasri on 24 March 1990. Finally leading to setting up of Sri Sankara Silpa Sala at Kancheepuram under the blessings and guidance of H.H. Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekara Saraswathi Swamiji of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti PeetamS.M.Ganapathy Stapathi is blessed with two sons and five daughters. Looking at Sri Ganapathy Stapathy's dedication and commitment to Silpa Shastra, his sons Shri Shankara Stapathy and Shri Jayendra Stapathi have been inspired and blessed by H.H. Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekara Saraswathi Swami to continue their glorious family tradition in temple architecture according to the age old Silpa Shastra.