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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  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, The next upcoming exhibition CAVE OF THE HEART – An exhibition of photography by A. Prathap (Special Photographer, The Times of India, Chennai), which captures images of Malaysia’s iconic odissi dancer, Padma Shri Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, in Ellora (Maharashtra, India), one of the largest rock‐cut monastery‐temple cave complexes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ellora Caves feature Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments and artworks. Cave of the Heart seeks to capture the metaphor of the inner landscape of the human psyche within which the Dance of Life resides, breathes and lives on… The Launching on […]

Dear Friends, SERENTAK is a special odissi studio performance of four Sutra dancers – Harenthiran, Gauthami, Vickneswaran & Vanizha – with limited seating of only about 60 people, per night. We want you to be comfortable in this more intimate setting. There is no doubt that this is going to be another exciting powerhouse presentation like most of our ‘Dancing Sutra’ series, held at Sutra, which are designed to foster and bring out the best of Sutra’s talents. On the 28 April (Saturday) is a special night with Nu-Vegetarian dinner at Sutra Balcony upstairs by new-age creative chef, Benjamin Thain who will tantalise […]

Dear Friends. Kunchi  is  a  special  exhibition  of my  two  Odiya  artist friends whose work  runs  a parallel course with Sutra since we started decades ago. The husband-wife team are two of  the most dedicated  artists  from Odisha,  I have ever known. They  represent pioneers in their own right in the contemporary art movement of Odisha.  Their works were first  presented  in  Sutra  decades  ago  and  it’s  really  interesting  as  well  as touching, to reflect how we have grown over the years. Do come and enjoy their work at Kamaria, and  I think  this  intimate setting  will heighten  the poignancy  […]

Dear Friends, For the upcoming French Festival, Alliance Francaise and French Embassy in Malaysia in association with Sutra Foundation present a photography exhibition, Once Upon a Time Tomorrow, by France born, Chris Morin-Eitner. Chris Morin-Eitner is a playful artist who likes to transform the metropolises he explores with his camera. From a surprising tropical Eiffel Tower to the Oriental Pearl Tower surrounded by a thick vegetation, his photographs consisting of astonishing superimpositions send us right into a post-apocalyptic world as if all humans had disappeared in a flash, leaving behind huge skyscrapers claimed back by the fauna and flora. Next […]

GANJAM & RAMAYAN yesterday evening at the city of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Full coverage by the local medias on the spectacular performance by the dance legend Padma Shri Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and his troupe in the presence of Inspector of General, Police Department and Honourable Mayor of Gorakhpur. Thank you Gorakhpur for your love and endorsement.

Datuk Ramli Ibrahim  is  being  conferred  with  the Padma Shri award  by  the Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind this evening at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi in the presence of Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.

GANJAM & RAMAYAN at Sangeet Natak Academy, Vipin Khans Gomtinagar, Lucknow, yesterday night performed by dance legend Padmashri Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, artists of Sutra and Outreach Program in presence of Shri Yogi Adityanath, Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and His Excellency Shri Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh. http://epaper.amarujala.com/lc/my/20180402/01.html?format=img&ed_code=lc  

“Datuk Ramli Ibrahim receives his Padma Shri Award at Rastrapati Bhavan (New Delhi) on 2 April, 2018.  

Dear Friends, Please note the change of venue as below: On 3rd April – Open Air Stage (Khulna Manch) Ramgarh Tal, Gorakhpur and on 4th April- Swami Vivekanand Auditorium, Dr Ram Manohar Lohoya Awadh University, Faizabad (Ayodhya).

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:https://content.thestar.com.my/smg/settag/name=lotame/tags=tsol,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 […]

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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