About Us

Sutra Foundation, a bastion of traditional and contemporary arts bequeathed to Malaysia by one of its sons, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim was established as a full-fledged and tax exempt Foundation in 2007 in order to secure its legacy for the future generations. It carries into the future the thread of Ramli’s vision and contribution to the Malaysian arts scene and strives to develop the breadth and depth of Malaysian performing and visual arts by stimulating the creative spirit of cross-cultural Malaysia. Sutra Foundation has presented outstanding local and international artists and groups and has cultivated professional and creative staffs in the areas of lighting, stage management, theatre production and administration. Various cultures come together here to forge a unique ‘sutra’ bond that fosters a universal yet distinctively Malaysian interpretation of the arts.

Sutra dancers performing for Gajapati Maharaja Sri Dibyasingha Deb & Maharani Leelavati Pattamahadei with HE Shri Tirumurti and his wife, Gowri with Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and Sutra Trustee, Sivarajah Natarajan, 2015

Sutra Foundation has been vital in maintaining Sutra’s activities when the arts face challenging times. It continues to provide Malaysia with sustained activities in the performing arts (Sutra Dance Theatre), exhibitions (Sutra Gallery & KamaRia Gallery) and teaching (Sutra Academy). Immense care goes into crafting a Sutra Production – be it in terms of impeccable design inputselection of dance talentdevising setscostumeslighting or graphics and marrying them to the choreographic intent to assure a flawless production.  


To preserve, develop, and promote traditional and contemporary performing arts in Malaysia.

Friends of Sutra members with Sultanah Kalsom and Trustees of Sutra Foundation at the launch of FOS and Triple Frontiers

The Foundation shall:


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


Any and all donations are gratefully accepted and acknowledged

Contributions to Sutra Foundation of RM500.00 and above are tax exempted

Your contributions will be used toward sustaining our 2020 – 2021 programs
Your support will help us to showcase and celebrate performing artists in Malaysia
Your contribution includes supporting young artists as well as indigenous performing arts of Malaysia