A bastion of traditional and contemporary arts, the Sutra Foundation is bequeathed to Malaysia by one of its most celebrated sons, Ramli Ibrahim.
Sutra Foundation carries into the future the thread of his vision and contribution to the Malaysian arts scene. The Foundation strives to develop the breadth and depth of Malaysian performing and visual arts through stimulating the creative spirit of cross-cultural Malaysia.
Various cultures come together here to forge a unique ‘sutra’ bond that fosters a universal yet distinctively Malaysian interpretation of the arts.
Sutra Foundation is guided and administrated by its board of trustees:
Datuk Ramli Ibrahim (Chairman)
Dato’ Nor Zakiah Abdul Majid
Abdullah Abu Samah
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Sutra Dance Theatre
Established in 1983 by Ramli Ibrahim, Sutra Dance Theatre has groomed a generation of Malaysian dancers and taken original Malaysian works to reach out to national and international audience, promoting the cultural diversity and vibrancy of Malaysian dance.read more
Sutra Academy offers training in Bharata Natyam (Kalakshetra school) and Odissi (Deba Prasad parampara). read more
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Over twenty-eight years, Sutra has spearheaded painting, drawing and photographic exhibitions alongside its dance productions, and thereby projected an integrated view of the performing and visual arts.read more
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Ramli IN KONARK
The exhibition of photography by A. Prathap, Ramli in Konark, represents a collection of photographs taken in the early dawn of 8 Nov, 2015 at this great temple-wonder, once known as India’s Black Pagoda. Ramli in a simple odissi dhoti provides a lone dance figure in the misty early morning complimenting the majestic architecture of Konark, built as a magnificent celestial chariot of Surya, the Sun God. Here, each morning is a celebration when the stone sculptures of indolent damsels, musicians and dancers come to life as they offer their benediction to the splendor of Surya with the first pencil rays of the morning sun as he rides his exquisite chariot and sets on his celestial journey. His wheeled chariot drawn by seven prancing horses whizzes across the sky and is infused in the aura of molten gold mingled with the magical touch of maiden morning rays.
Officiated by Mr
Hamidon Abdullah Executive Chairman of Nadayu Properties Berhad
20 May 2016 (Fri), 8.30pm
at Sutra Gallery,
No12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200, Kuala Lumpur.
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Sensation celebrates the body of works inspired by the Pastoral God, Krishna
created over the years by Guru Gajendra K Panda, Durga Durga Charan Ranbir, the
late Srinath Raut and Debaprasad Das. Harenthiran, Tan Mei Mei and Thrisherna
– all senior dancers of Sutra Dance Theatre, endeavour to perform the works of
these major odissi gurus, with their own artistic interpretation, thus contributing to
the creative evolution of the Debaprasad parampara. Sensation appeals to you, the
audience, to temporarily leave the present maya of your mundane existence and to
rejoice and revel in the mystical world of Krishna, reveling in his Lilas (cosmic play)
with the gopis…
4 and 5 | June 2016 | 8.30pm
at Sutra House; No12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200, Kuala Lumpur.
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Price: RM 150
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available in Malaysia & India
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