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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.


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  •   Sutra House, No12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, 53200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dear friends, Sutra started its first dance class 35 years ago with bharatanatyam and soon rose to become one of the nation’s dynamic bharatanatyam institutions. Sutra has trained, groomed and produced some of the most outstanding bharatanatyam dancers in Malaysia today. It is regarded as having one of the most compelling repertoires of bharatanatyam – a legacy of the late Guru Adyar K. Lakshman, one of India’s major dance gurus. Lakshman Sir was a brilliant product of the early Kalakshetra training, under the direct tutelage of bharatanatyam pioneer, Rukmini Devi Arundale. Sutra’s first bharatanatyam performance, a production titled ‘KITATAKATARIKITATOM’, was […]

Dear Friends, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and artistes of Sutra performed odissi at KWAP Inspired Environmental Conference 2018 Gala Dinner held at Hyatt Regency on 17 July 2018. Photo Credit: By David Tham

Dear Friends When Sutra dancers had a performance break at the Konark Festival in December 2017, it would have been unthinkable for the dancers not to take the opportunity to have their photographs taken at the Sun Temple of Konark – an iconic UNESCO Heritage monument, which some regards as the eighth wonder of the world.  In addition, S. Magendran, Sutra’s talented resident photographer, was available at their service.  This was the brief genesis of the series of amazing photographs of Sutra dancers at the Surya Temple of Konark. Ramli   Date: 4 August 2018 @ 8.00pm (Continues until 9 […]

Dear friends, Following the euphoria of Odissi on High, Sutra presents their three senior dancers – Geethika, Tan Mei Mei and Thrisherna – in a lyrical but intensely erotico-mystical medieval poem, the Gita Govinda – Songs of the Cowherd. The three girls will interpret the various complex moods of Radha-Krishna carnal-divine pastoral love of Jayadeva, which have fascinated us for centuries and have become the inspiration for Odissi dancers. Better still, come also to be aroused by Chef Isadora Chai’s ‘Melayang’ cuisine together with the dance and exhibition of paintings of ‘Pallavi’ by Sivarajah and AV Ilango. Arise, come and […]

Dear Friends,    Odiyan artist Kishore Sahoo is back in Malaysia with a new exhibition of paintings and drawings – LEELA, at Kamaria Gallery, 21 July (Sat) 8pm. Will Kishore be able to maintain his track record of impressive and creative forays? This time Kishore has come up with a series of works tailor-made for Kamaria Garden – a pastoral LEELA of Krishna. Truly divine and delightful!   Regards  Ramli

Dear Friends, Due to the overwhelming response at our recent stint in KL, Odissi on High production is now on a tour of Malaysia. A collaboration between Sutra and Rudrakshya Foundation, it will be a remarkable and memorable performance. Come meet us at Penang Hill on 11th July 2018 (8.00pm), AIMST University, Bedong, Kedah on 13th July 2018 (8.00pm) and Melaka Manipal Medical College on 14th July 2018 (7.30pm). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness a pure dance that displays virtuosity through a measured sensuality. Please contact the respective Organisers for more information (kindly refer to the attached poster […]

  Odissi on High showcases 22 national and international artistes, the performers comprise a wide range of ages and yet some are surprisingly young. This pure dance, truly a treat for the sensual is happening at Experimental Theatre, Universiti Malaya between 4th to 8th July 2018. Book now! For tickets booking/purchase, please contact our office at +603-4021 1092 or email at PC: S. Magendran    

Dear Friends,   At this point of writing, more than a month after the historic 9th May, 2018 ‘tsunami’ election, when the power of people of Malaysia voted for a new government, there is still nothing much on the horizon of what the vision of Arts and Culture would be in the new Malaysia. Sutra, however, has to keep moving forward with its projected activities for 2018, keeping body and soul together through lean and happy times and continuing to express, share, liberate and commune with the core of human spirit through Arts and Culture. Good or bad times, our […]

Dear Friends, I don’t think you should miss A-Ha Moments of artist Renée Kraal. This compelling exhibition of her paintings and drawings at Sutra Gallery speaks of an authentic artist’s trial by fire and ice to track her inner struggles to find, heal and celebrate her Self. Renee is one of those rare woman painters of Malaysia who pioneered the search for identity and ultimately found that her vulnerability and honesty are her greatest source of strength. Regards Ramli

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.  

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