The launch of Quintessential Sutra (photograph by A. Prathap) took place in a lovely atmosphere of camaraderie with many luminaries of New Delhi dance world and also from the diplomatic and Malaysia-India business communities, in attendance. The new complex of the High Commission served as an excellent venue for the launch and Sutra dancers performed a brief Sthai excerpted from GANJAM, a major odissi production Sutra will perform at the Kamani today. Shivani Pasrich, the Emcee of the night, conducted the launch with style and panache, putting everyone at ease. Short brief speeches were given by HE Datuk Naimun Ashakli, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to India.
Ramli himself, Datuk Bhaskaran Pillai (Deputy President, Malaysia-India Business Council) and Shrimathi Leela Venkataraman spoke. Datuk Bhaskaran thank sponsors – Tan Sri Gyanalingam of Wesport for his generosity and through the MIBC, he hoped that a more meaningful Malaysia-India bilateral links can be made in the business and arts world. Ramli presented Sutra major collaborators – A. Prathap (photorapher) Sivarajah Natarajan (Sutra Foundation Trustee), Dr. Dinanath Pathy and Guru Gajendra Panda. Leela Ji, as usual, summarised the evening by giving meaning of ‘Sutra’ as ‘the thread that binds people and culture’… Present were Shrimati Shoba Deepak Singh (Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Padmashri Sunil Kothari, Datuk Bhaskaran Pillai, Sunita Kohli, Arshiya Sethi, Jyoti Shrivastava, Santnu Cakraboty and Ambasadors from SE Asian countries and many others. The function served also as a great reception for GANJAM, the show we will premiere in New Delhi this evening!