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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

By Cheque

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.

“One has to know the rules before breaking them” Datuk Ramli Ibrahim was featured in an article for the Pune Mirror News Paper of Pune, India. Read the full article in the link below!

Dear All, Sutra Academy is now open for new intake enrolment for Bharatanatyam & Odissi classes. Bharatanatyam Class Day: Saturday (starting 12 January 2019) Class time: 10.00am Age requirement: 7 years and above   Odissi Class Day: Saturday (starting 12 January 2019) Class time: 6.30pm Age requirement: 9 years and above   For registration please join us on the 12th of January 2019 at 10am/6.30pm respectively.   Sutra House, 12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200 Kuala Lumpur. We would appreciate if you could contact us if interested. For more information kindly contact us at 03-40211092 or email to

Dear Friends, ATMA, an Exhibition of mixed media prints by Sivarajah Natarajan, is the 16th and last exhibition presented by Sutra Foundation for 2018 in what can be described as a most creative year for this small but highly charged gallery. Sutra Gallery, nestled within the sylvan surroundings of Sutra House, has been a hotbed of creativity, integrating and connecting the related arts of theatre, dance and fashion with myths and the visual arts. Though Sivarajah is one of Malaysia’s leading lighting designers, he has always considered himself a visual artist first, albeit a rare one whose remarkable figurative works […]

Dear Friends,  Sutra Foundation is proud to present ‘Zen Whispers’ by eminent Indian artist Satish Gupta in his first curtain-raiser exhibition in Malaysia. Satish’s evocative works and haikus express his deep engagement with mysticism and the Zen spirit. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to delve into the universal poetry of a sensitive and compassionate artist and poet.  Regards Ramli Ibrahim

Dear Friends, Satish Gupta is one of the most celebrated visual artists of his generation in India. He is not only a painter but an amazing sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, muralist, designer and calligrapher. His works have deep engagement with mysticism and Zen spirit. Satish is known for his monumental sculptures. His ‘Surya’ can be seen at T3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. His mural, ‘Lotus Sutra’ is displayed at Bengaluru Airport. Satish Gupta will soon grace Sutra Gallery on 24 November with his ‘curtain raiser’ exhibition – Zen Whispers. This video is an introduction to the Art of Satish […]

KimKara Design by Shikha Grover – Collection of Jackets, Kaftan & Sarees 25 October 2018 @ Sutra Studio, 12 Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200 Kuala Lumpur Time: 10:00 to 6:00pm      

Dear Friends, Thejomayo Menon’s exhibition ‘Transitional Reality’ is her first solo in Malaysia. Not many artist would attempt the subtle subject of alluding to the feeling of ‘in between-ness’ between cultures.   However, Thejo’s aura of whispering figures, mysterious colours and rich metaphors, are vocal in communicating the feminine longings, uncertainties and aspirations of a sensitive and hugely talented South Indian woman artist. Regards Ramli

Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and Geethika Sree performed in Normandie – Paris.    

Dear Friends, Nirmala Karuppiah, one of Malaysia’s eminent woman photographers, dedicates her art to the memory of her late father, a true Malaysian army-man, till the end of his days. Her father, who she looks up to, and with whom she was close, becomes the muse, of her solo photography exhibition, My Papa, The Story-Teller. Her body of works is a moving ode to her Papa, connecting her own awakenings as an artist and a human being, such that her Papa’s stories become her own compelling stories and demonstration of her art and love for her Papa. Regards Ramli

Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and Geethika Nair erforming at Belgium Ambassador’s residence in Doha, Qatar. Celebrated Indian painter Satish Gupta and wife Amita during  performance at Doha, Qatar  

Dear Friends, Not to miss the performance of Datuk Ramli Ibrahim & Geethika Sree at ASMI festival of Music & Dance by Anandi Art Foundation on September 29 & 30 at Kalakshetra, JC Road Bangalore.  

May Lord Ganesha showers His Blessings on this Auspicious Day of Ganapathi Chaturthi. Sutra Foundation Photo by A. Prathap

Dear Friends, Distinguished photographer Eric Peris’ solo exhibition ‘Divinity Within’ is very much a dedication to actors/dancers especially those of traditional and ritual-based theatre. Eric’s  exploration  of ‘Divinity’ compels him  to question  the very  essence  of  the mystical and mysterious in Theatre – whether it exists in the divine geometry of form or  prana (vital breath)  or ‘rasa’.   Whatever  it’s manifestation, this  elusive and inexplicable  ‘Divinity’  is  communicated  to us the  audience  as  a  heightened experience of resonance with the Higher Principle that enable  us  to  intuitively understand ‘something bigger’ than our mundane lives and preoccupations. Regards Ramli

Dear Friends,   The last time Dr Kothari was here in ICC Kuala Lumpur, he gave an insightful talk on the legendary dancer, Ram Gopal. We look forward this time to his illustrated talk on the late Indian dance pioneer, Mrinalini Sarabhai, who was a personal and close friend of Dr Kothari. Mrinalini contributed to making serious dance relevant in the way she forged its identity in imaging India and towards it’s nation building before and after India’s Independence.   Regards, Ramli

Dear Friends, That we should eventually perform Taridikotakan at Studio Ramli Hassan must be taken as a call of destiny, not to be taken lightly. I have never fully digested the demise of one of my best friends, the actor Ramli Hassan. This is probably a sign – and I am tempted to change the title to – Taridikorbankan, being the first performance Sutra will be doing at this well appointed Studio. Thank you Sabi for opening your Studio door to us! Regards Ramli  

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