Sutra Foundation Ramli Ibrahim

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
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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
    Kuala Lumpur
    New Intake 2016
    New Intake 2016 KAJANG 
    New Intake 2016 KUALA SELANGOR 
    New Intake 2016 SG CHOH

  • Gallery

    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

    Opening Hours
    to Fri ~ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    ~ 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
    Closed in public holiday


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…

Freinds Of Sutra

Be a Friend or Patron of Sutra now! Being a Friend of Sutra or Patron of Sutra you are endorsing yourself into the special dance history in the making. By joining as a Friend or Patron of Sutra you support Sutra Foundation and enjoy a wide range of programs and exclusive benefits including attendance to special events, talks, discounts to performances and exhibitions.

Come and be part of the process!

Annual Fee for Sutra Card Holder   Individual
RM 500 and above 

Dual with Spouse | Partner 
RM 750 and above

Benefactor of Sutra from RM5,000
Patron of Sutra  RM10,000.00

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Ramli Ibrahim

Chairman | Choreographer
The U.N. declared Ramli Ibrahim to be a United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Living Treasure in 2012, while the President of India awarded YBhg. Datuk Ramli the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2011, the first for a Malaysian.read more
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Sivarajah Natarajan

Trustees | Visual Artist . Set & Lighting designer
national recognition for Best Set Design (2005), Lighting Design Award (2010) at the BOH Cameroonian Annual Award and in 2014 read more
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Sutra Dance Theatre

Artistes of Sutra dance theatre.
Sutra Dance Theatre was established in 1983 by Ramli Ibrahim to explore, promote awareness and develop traditional and contemporary performing arts in Malaysia through the creation of strong original works. read more


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