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.
Enquiries: + 603 4021 1092 (office hours)
Sutra Gallery offers a unique alternative venue for visual arts in Malaysia and is singularly associated with Sutra Dance Theatre (Malaysia’s premier dance company).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. With the formation of Sutra Gallery (1996), a consistent flow of figurative works have emerged through the Gallery’s commissions and residency programs which span both national and international artists.
Through the combined efforts and vision of Ramli Ibrahim (Sutra Dance Theatre’s artistic director) and Sivarajah Natarajan (Sutra Gallery’s curator),
Sutra Gallery Opening HoursMonday to Friday ~ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday ~ 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Closed in public holydays
the Gallery has projected Odissi and Bharata Natyam (Indian classical dance), the declining Malay pastimes of Makyong, Menora and Main ‘Teri on canvas and paper, now immortalised in the living rooms and of corporate walls of Malaysia and abroad. Sutra Gallery develops a meaningful relationship with the artists it represents. The works of luminaries such as Syed Thajudeen, Sivarajah Natarajan, A.V. Ilango (Chennai), Dinanath Pathy (Bhubaneswar, Orissa), Chelian (Chennai), Jatin Ds (New Delhi) and Eric Peris, are unique distillations of movement and rasa, achieved through deep and studied observations of the art of dance and dancers.
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.
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.
- 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.
TEL: +603-4021 1092 Fax: +603-4023 2548