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Dikecualikan Cukai Pendapatan Dibawah Seksyen 44(6) Akta Cukai Pendapatan 1967   |   Ruj: LHDN 01/35/42/51/179.6.6110 Tarikh Kuatkuasa: 01.06.2007  |  No. Warta Kerajaan: 15395 Tarikh Warta Kerajaan: 25.10.2007

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In favour of ‘Sutra Foundation’ To be posted / couriered to: No.12 Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please provide your nameaddressemail IDand mobile number along with the cheque to enable us issue the Tax Exempt receipt.
Online bank transfer Account Name: Sutra Foundation A/c No: 101- 459972 - 101 Bank: HSBC Branch: Lebuh Ampang (Once the online payment has been made, please email your nameaddress, mobile number and reference details to to enable us issue the Tax Exempt receipt.)
Sutra Academy

Sutra Academy offers training in Bharata Natyam (Kalakshetra school) and Odissi (Deba Prasad parampara). Sutra Academy also prepares our senior dancers for contemporary modern dance choreography. When the opportunity arises, Sutra Academy conducts workshops in dance, drama or other techniques of performing arts given by visiting artists. Sutra Academy does not manage salangai-pujas and only conduct arangetrams (first solo debut performance) for those who are truly talented and serious to have a professional career in dance. Over the years of training and performances, through a natural selective process based on hard work and talent, Sutra Academy chooses its senior dancers for professional performance and hopefully career in dance.

For new intake, there are beginners (children classes – above 6 years) in Bharata Natyam
and beginners (above 12 years) Odissi. Teaching and payment schedules are set up according to semesters:

  • 1 Semester – January – March inclusive
  • 2 Semester – April – June inclusive
  • 3 Semester – July – September inclusive
  • 4 Semester – October – December inclusive

Dates for Semester breaks will be advised.
The fees are Rm 180.00 per semester - working out to Rm 60.00 per month. The fees are payable by semesters only. There will be a registration of RM 50.00 for the new intake. We do not encourage individual classes unless previously negotiated.

Teachers: Ramli Ibrahim (principal), Divya Nair, Geethika Sree,  Tan Mei Mei,  Thrisherna Morthi, Vetheejay, Harenthiran, Abtin Javid

Enquiries: + 603 4021 1092 (office hours)


Ramli Ibrahim

Artistic Director & Chairman

Accomplished in ballet, modern, and Indian classical dance, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim is a cultural icon who has performed internationally for almost four decades. As artistic director of Sutra Dance Theatre, Datuk Ramli has choreographed stunning works and nurtured some of the brightest dance talents from Malaysia. Since his return to Malaysia more than thirty years ago, this prodigal son of the Malaysian soil has been instrumental in transforming the dance scene in Malaysia by boldly charting new paths and singlehandedly establishing odissi as a widely appreciated dance form in Malaysia. Besides odissi, Datuk Ramli has also simultaneously contributed to the establishment of Malaysian contemporary modern dance through the creation of a strong body of original works which define ‘modernity’ from Asian perspectives. Datuk Ramli Ibrahim is presently Chairman of Sutra Foundation.

Sivarajah Natarajan

Trustee, Visual Artist, Lighting Designer

A Fine Arts graduate of the Malaysian Institute of Arts (1992), his immense talent as a photographer, lighting and stage designer has found marvelous expression in Sutra, and has enriched the latter's innumerable productions and publications. An involvement spanning 20 years with multiple dance forms—such as bharatanatyam, odissi, makyong, main 'teri, menora, chhau (Seraikalla and Majurbhanj), kudiyattam, gotipua and other dance-theatre genres at Sutra—reflects Sivarajah's special understanding of the nuances of these arts and the tremendous visual possibilities inherent in them. More significantly, this knowledge has deepened his understanding of the need for an integrated approach to the visual and performing arts which he vociferously espouses. Being a ‘dancer's painter’, Sivarajah takes his cues from the dance itself and it is from this vantage point that his painterly designed imagination takes flight. Sivarajah Natarajan’s artistic exploration of the art continues affirming his unique position as a major force in forging an integration of Malaysian visual and performing arts. A critically acclaimed painter and an award-winning lighting designer, Sivarajah Natarajan is a Trustee of Sutra Foundation.

Sutra Dance Theatre

The Artistes of Sutra Dance Theatre

Sutra Dance Theatre is an innovative nerve centre of dance that has, over the last three decades, strived to uphold its aim to nurture the Malaysian performing arts scene. 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.


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 Sivarajah Natarajan Abdullah Abu Samah Nantha Kumar   Objectives The Foundation shall—  
  • To preserve, develop, and promote traditional and contemporary performing arts in Malaysia.
  • Promote Malaysia nationally and internationally through diverse and innovative performances
  • Educate the Malaysian public on traditional and contemporary arts through its programs and courses
  • Develop public participation in all aspects of performing arts regardless of race, creed or religion
  • Provide scholarships in order to develop Malaysian performing arts talents to the highest level
  • Create a laboratory situation which facilitates and stimulates intercultural experimentation.


  •   +603-40211092
  •   Sutra House, No12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dear Friends Spellbound (Odissi) at Brahma Vidyaranyam, Kulim last night was performed with élan  by  young  dancers  of  Sutra.    It  was  followed  by  felicitation  by  Swami Brahmananda  Saraswati  of Dhyana Ashram.  Sutra packs  a  grueling  schedule during its 5-day dance  camp  (17 – 21 March)  undertaken  by  dancers  of  Sutra Dance Outreach Program. Tonight, Ramli gives a public lecture on ‘All you want to know about Indian Classical Dance’ on 19 March, 8 pm.  Tomorrow (20 March) the  young Sutra dancers will perform River Sutra as their last offering before leaving on 21 March their visit to Hindu/Buddhist archeological […]

Dear Friends, Over the years, Sutra has developed an efficient dance training and consequently produced some of the most compelling dance talents in Malaysia. Sutra’s special Outreach Program aims to empower youths outside the urban centres with the best teaching methods and cultivate a love for timeless Indian traditional values through dance as this can contribute positively to their emotional and spiritual growth and be cultural bridges for their communities. Under the legendary Odissi dancer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Sutra continues to groom a new generation of dancers as future torch bearers of Sutra’s legacy. Come and partake in their remarkable […]

Copyright © 1995-2018 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D) image:,all,Fatin_GSC_Insight_ALL PETALING JAYA: Malaysian classical dancer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim (pic) will be conferred one of India’s highest civilian awards to honour his distinguished service in the arts. According to a statement by India’s Home Ministry, the Padma Awards are conferred in three categories, namely the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards, which are given in various disciplines such as the arts, social work, public affairs and more, are announced annually on the occasion of India’s Republic Day. The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, while the […]

By Dennis Chua – January 27, 2018 @ 8:23am 2017 © New Straits Times. New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad (4485-H). All Rights Reserved. ACCLAIMED dancer and choreographer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim said being honoured with India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, for distinguished service in the arts, had placed him “on top of the world”. Ramli, 64, said it was the “pinnacle of his lifelong love affair with dance”. He will officially receive the award from Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in March, and has dedicated it to Malaysians who shared his passion for the performing arts. “I’ve have loved dancing […]

Dear Friends, Twinning, an upcoming Odissi production directed by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim & Guru Bichitrananda Swain from Odisha, performed by well-versed dancers, Santosh Ram & Samir Panigrahi from Rudrakshya Foundation & Sutra’s principal dancers Geethika Sree & Tan Mei Mei. Join us for this spellbinding dance on 10 & 11 Feb 2018 (Sat & Sun) at Amphi Theatre, Sutra House, 8.00pm. Entrance by donation at RM30. OR you may choose our specially designed 3-course private dinner package, Savouring Lavantine Cuisine along with performance and exhibition on the 10th of Feb 2018 (Sat). This Sutra’s Valentine limited dinner cuisine prepared by Chefs- Yeang & Goh available […]

Ramli Ibrahim and Sutra dancers performance for the ASEAN -INDIA PRAVASI BHARATHYA DIVAS at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on the 7th Jan 2018 –    THE STRAITS TIMES ,Singapore.   Asean and India join hands for closer ties An Indian cultural performance during the Asean-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conference gala dinner last night, held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Guests at the dinner tucked into a spread that melded culinary traditions and ingredients from the Asean region.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG PUBLISHED JAN 8, 2018, 5:00 AM SGT   Asian leaders have called for closer Asean-India economic […]

Sutra performing the Adithya Archana (salutation to the Sun), on the 7th January 2018 at the Asean India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at the Marina Sands Expo at Singapore, in the attendance of Shri Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, India.

Dear Friends, Sutra celebrates 2018 with a special sharing of experiences in video, photography and illustrated talk on Sutra Kalinga-Konark Odissi Yatra by Weijun (videographer-dancer) and S. Magendran (photographer) on Friday, 12th January, 2018  at 7pm at NSCBICC  No. 17-2 &17-3A, No.150 Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, 50470 Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Don’t miss this wonderful documentary of how Sutra won the hearts of Odiyas with Odissi in their homeground!  All are welcome!        

Dear friends, Sutra under legendary Odissi dancer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim brings GANJAM to Kulim, Kedah fresh from their successful tour of Odisha. GANJAM sets Konark stage ablaze and it was clear that the Malaysian Odissi dancers were the favourite group of the Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to partake in this rare dance experience specially brought to celebrate Dhyana Ashram new premise’s at Brahma Vidyaranyam, Sungai Kob Hills on this year Christmas, 25th December 2017. Entrance/ Invitation by donation, please contact 04-4843013/ 012-5744100.

Dear friends, We cordially invite you to the launch of Natyadarshan 2017 (Annual Dance Conference and Seminar) in the presence of Ms. Suhasini Maniratnam, Anita Ratnam, Gopika Varma and Datuk Ramli Ibrahim (Chairman of Sutra Foundation). Followed by a photo exhibition by A.Prathap featuring 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 […]

Interview with Minati Singha

An interview given by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim during Sutra’s recent participation at Konark Dance Festival 2017

Time to Unroll the Annual Dance Bonanza at Konark – OdishaLIVE

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