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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

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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 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.

Sutra Foundation cordially invites you to Mega Mendung by Kishore Sahoo Officiated by Abdullah Abu Samah On 25 May (Thursday), 2017 8.30 pm Kamaria Gallery Charcoal & Dry Pestal on Paper, 60  X 36 Inches, 2017   The mega mendung (rain clouds) batik motif of Cirebon (Java) becomes the canopy of cloud on which artist Kishore Sahoo floats his sensuous bodies. The androgynous figures drift lyrically in slow motion through the moisture-laden rain clouds, forming and morphing into evermore exploration of forlorn longing to touch and be touched. Kishore’s figurative drawings of charcoal and pastel are contemporary versions of the […]


  presents Bhata – Exhibition of Photography by Eric Peris Sutra Gallery | 7 May (Sunday) 2017 | 8.30pm Officiated by Eric Peris Exhibition continues until 7 June 2017   Bhata is an exhibition of 18 images taken in Malaysia, Bali, Japan and Thailand. It is not a study of landscape, plant life, abstracts nor flowers. I am using the images chosen to try and reflect from the image a message about life and living. It is a case where “Do we see and do we not reflect nor realise Mother Nature’s hints.” The exhibition is dedicated to my brother.  […]

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e-mail: In a different tone: Amorous Delight presents a challenging theatre of love Photos: Avinash Pasricha April 18, 2017 Pickling for over a decade in the minds of Ramli Ibrahim of Kuala Lumpur’s Sutra Foundation and late Dinanath Pathy, art historian / painter et al of Odisha, Sutra Foundation’s Amorous Delight, a group work based on the 9th century Sanskrit love poetry Amarushatakam traces its seed inspiration to the palm leaf manuscript illustrations based on this text by the unknown Sharnakula master of Odisha’s Nayagarh district, the rare copy of which in the Zurich Museum Rietberg, Ramli Ibrahim happened […]


Ranee Kumar APRIL 13, 2017 13:04 IST UPDATED: APRIL 13, 2017 13:04 IST FINISHING TOUCH Datuk Ramli Ibrahim in New Delhi   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma As “Amorous Delight” gets a mixed response, celebrated dance exponent Ramli Ibrahim talks about his latest production dedicated to love A legend in his lifetime, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim needs no introduction to dance aficionados. Recently in the city to stage his much-acclaimed ballet, “Amorous Delight” under the aegis of Sutra Foundation in collaboration with Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, the veteran Malaysia-based dancer drew as much flak from the purists as acclaim from […]

Ramli Ibrahim in Odissi 2012

  NEW DELHI: Datuk Ramli Ibrahim has ruled out any involvement with commercial cinema in India, saying that “Bollywood is not my scene.” “I like working in dance theatre. Movies are a different world with a different agenda,” Malaysia’s legendary choreographer of the Indian classical dance said. Ramli presented his Sutra Foundation’s latest Odissi show “Amorous Delight – A Case of Possession by Love” in New Delhi on Thursday evening. Asked if he would ever consider getting involved with the Indian film industry as a choreographer or in some other role, Ramli said: “I can’t do it. Bollywood is not […]


New Delhi, April 3 : He is a Malaysian dancer, steeped in Indian classical forms and has allured audiences with his performances for well over three decades now. Ramli Ibrahim — a cultural icon and a dynamic force in the Malaysian playhouse — will present a unique contemporary Odissi work organised by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra and Sutra Foundation. “Amorous Delight: A Case of Possession by Love,” is a contemporary Odissi production with dance composition and artistic direction by Meera Das and Ramli Ibrahim and will be performed by Sutra Dancers. The production derives its inspiration from “Amarushataka,” the ninth […]


Source By Aneeta Sundararaj – March 5, 2017 @ 2:08pm Two Malaysian icons combine their talents to create something breathtakingly unique, writes Aneeta Sundararaj IT’S the 1980s and in Stadium Dato’ Syed Omar, Alor Setar, a man performs an Indian classical dance at the invitation of the Sultan of Kedah. In the audience is a little girl eagerly explaining to her astounded father every one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that the dancer is performing. When it ends, the little girl sighs and prays she will get to see this dance again soon. Today, the stadium no longer […]

Amorous Delight - KLpac 8.00pm -15 to 19 January 2017

Dear Friends, Amorous Delight (Odissi), Gala Night 15 March (Wed) 7.30pm & 16 – 19 March (Thur – Sun) 8.30pm, 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLpac). Amorous Delight is Sutra’s major annual fundraising event for 2017.  Audience who saw its premiere season at DPaC last year and who had also seen and liked GANJAM, found this production totally different from the Sutra’s previous productions. Amorous Delight is more ‘subtle’ and certainly with input in costume design by design-whiz Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Amorous Delight is set to arouse our curiosity even more… To a certain extent, this production is another breakthrough in odissi by Sutra.  […]


One of Sutra’s most irresistible productions last year was Amorous Delight, which premiered in Malaysia on 20 July, 2016. Such was its success that Sutra Foundation endeavours to stage Amorous Delight for a second season at the KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) as part of its fundraising efforts for 2017. What makes this restaging particularly exciting is the added creative input of Dato’ Seri Bernard Chandran, Malaysia’s fashion mogul and designer to the region’s celebrities, royalty and high society mavens, who will be giving the production an alluring new look in terms of its costume design.  Dato’ Seri Bernard has […]

Unchained Energy 2017

Unchained Energy is a continuing story after last year’s Awakening, which in turn, is a continuing saga of Sutra’s resolve to provide platform for the appreciation of male dancing in all it’s poetry and vigour. Unchained Energy unbridles the power unleashed by male dancers. This quality is unique. Like the dance of Siva, the visage can be simultaneously terrifying and beautiful. One is overcome by the wonder of its power and energy. Dance is not just about being merry, pretty and ‘entertaining’. Sutra’s ethos is not about providing cheap allure of ‘surface’ beauty. For a number of reasons, the number […]

An Invitation to not just a garden

Annual dinner of Sutra Foundation for the new year. 2017

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