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 Hours
Monday to Friday ~ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday ~ 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays

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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.