All set to shine: Chew (left) joining hands with Tien and Ramli during the press conference at Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR: Indian classical dance maestro Datuk Ramli Ibrahim believes arts and culture is a way to combat the negativity in today’s world. “With a lot of extremists and absolutist ideas from different segments, arts and culture give some kind of levelling factor; that we are all together on this planet and share in this diversity. “No one point of view is the right point of view,” he said. Ramli said arts and culture were especially important in a morally declining world because it allows the expression of feelings. “We are facing so many problems now and these problems are part of our social science.

“Arts and culture are important in the development of a nation’s psyche,” he said in his speech at a press conference to introduce the third series of Blossom Arts Festival Malaysia 2016. The Ramli Ibrahim Sutra Dance Company will be showcasing its latest work, “Yogini Moksha”, at the festival. The dance company, along with two others – Dua Space Dance Theatre and Taiwan’s NTNU Graduate Institute of Performing Arts – will make it a spectacular audio and visual show. According to Ramli, the Taiwanese arts and culture scene was opening up. “I was there last year and was bowled over by the wonderful people.

“I usually pay cultural homage to India and Indonesia only but the culture in Taiwan is also opening up and is very heart-warming to see. “I am beginning to fall in love with Taiwan,” he said. On the dance showcase for the festival, Ramli said each company would give a 20-minute performance. “There will be depth in the performances. You can see three different points of view in this Malaysian and Taiwanese dance extravaganza,” he added. Also present at the press conference to present the details of the performances were festival chairman Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia cultural division director Yu-An Tien. The performances will be in San Choon Hall, Wisma MCA, from 8pm on June 29. Tickets are priced at RM30.

For more information or ticket purchases, go to, the Blos­som Arts Festival Malaysia 2016 page on Facebook or call 03-2203 3971/3978/3979.