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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  sutrafoundation25@gmail.com 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)

OUR TEAM

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.

ABOUT

SUTRA FOUNDATION
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.
 

Enquiry

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

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 https://odisha.live/2017/11/30/time-unroll-annual-dance-bonanza-konark/

Odisha promoting Konark festival flyer

Dear Friends,   As you can see, Sutra is prominently featured in this year’s branding of Konark Dance Festival by Odisha Tourism. This is a great honour that sends our morale sky-rocketing to do well in this Festival. Sutra will perform GANJAM (Odissi), on the 3 December (third day) as a tribute to the late Dr Dinanath Pathy, under the baton of Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda who will conduct the live music. The music, one of most interesting commissioned by Sutra, was created by none other than Pandit Gopal Panda, with nuanced reference to many of Ganjam’s vibrant folk music and theatre […]

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Vijayadasami is traditionally celebrated as the final tenth night after Navarathri. All students of arts, musicians and dancers especially, pay homage to the Original Guru, which is the Spirit of Knowledge. Students are privileged to have been shown the right path by the ‘Guru’ – or Dispeller of Darkness (Ignorance), who is the meaning of the word, Guru. At Sutra, Vijayadasamis have been celebrated annually for more than thirty years. As the principal teacher-founder, Ramli Ibrahim remembers the times, during Sutra’s Penchala days when Vijayadasamis were conducted in a small unused square unused water-well which acted like a sanctum for the […]

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Dear friends: The Transcendence by three trans-gender performers, Maalika Panicker, Krishnakumar and Haleem Khan dancing Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi respectively, is a much awaited occasion and a fitting Sutra celebration for Deepavali. All of these classical genres were originally solo forms. At Amphi-Sutra you will be able to see these consummate-larger-than-life artistes performing their art in the most perfect surrounding!

Contact Us
 
E-Mail: sutrafoundation25@gmail.com
TEL: +603-4021 1092 Fax: +603-4023 2548
 
 Address: 12, PERSIARAN TITIWANGSA 3 53200 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

 

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