Sutra Foundation

Classical Dance

Sutra Foundation, a bastion of traditional and contemporary arts bequeathed to Malaysia by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, was established as a full-fledged Foundation in 2007. It carries into the future the thread of his vision and contribution to the Malaysian arts scene by striving to develop the breadth, depth of Malaysian performing arts, which stimulate the creative spirit of cross-cultural Malaysia.  Various cultures come together in Sutra to forge a unique ‘sutra’ bond that fosters a universal yet distinctively Malaysian interpretation of the arts. 

Sutra Foundation has been vital in sustaining Sutra’s activities when the arts face challenging times. It continues to provide Malaysia with 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 input, selection of dance talent, devising sets, costumes, lighting or graphics and marrying them to the choreographic intent and presentation to assure a flawless production. 

Classical Dance Performance

Sutra Foundation will perform ​​’Rentak Bumi’, a cultural dance performance depicting Malaysia’s cultural diversity. With over 100 years of cumulative experience, Sutra will wow the audience with their pleasurable performance for 3 magical nights. Don’t miss out on this invigorating opportunity and join us at ArtsFAS 2021.

2.2 Sutra Foundation Repertoire:


Original Dance Composition Guru Sujata Mishra (Mokshya, Bhubaneswar, Odisha)
Group Composition Sutra Collectives
Duration: 9 mins
Number of dancers: 6 dancers

This invocatory dance pays homage to Lord Siva, the nourisher of spiritual essence, and liberator of souls from the bondage of opposites. This is followed by 2 sabdas - the first sabda depicts the cosmic tandav (vigorous) dance of Lord Siva, swaying to the thunderous beats of his damaru (drums), while the second describes his destruction of the Triple Worlds of the demons. The two powerful sabdas awaken the dancer and audience to the presence of Siva.

Pallavi (Rag Jhinjoti)

Original Dance Composition Guru Meera Das (Gunjan Dance Academy, Cuttack, Odisha)
Group Composition Sutra Collectives
Duration: 10 mins
Number of dancers: 13 dancers

A pallavi implies elaboration in the exposition of both dance and music. The graceful and lyrical movements exquisitely complement the melody and intricate rhythm of the pallavi. Both dance and music are framed in complex patterns creating a matching marriage of dance and music.

2.3 Dua Space Dance Theatre Repertoire:

Rain Forest

Original Dance Composition Anthony Meh & Aman Yap
Duration: 9 - 12 mins
Number of dancers: 7 dancers

Original movements begin with steps on the soil of the village. After the rainy season, the whistling of birds assorted with the passage of happiness from the valleys. Astonishingly, human echo and birds’ whistles spreading over the flying rotans.


Original Dance Composition Anthony Meh & Aman Yap
Duration: 9 - 12 mins
Number of dancers: 7 dancers

Deliver the unique aesthetic of Chinese dance infuses among the diverse cultures of Malaysia. Just like the intricate structure of a flower, an ornamental, blooming beautifully and gracefully, nourished by the soil it grows.

2.4 DiDance Repertoire:

Original Dance Composition Zaridah Abdul Mallik
Group Composition DiDance
Duration: 8 - 10 mins
Number of dancers: 8 – 9 dancers


“There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a CrossRoad, afraid, confused without a guide. The choices we made in those moments can define our lives.”

~ Lucas Scott


Palu Sa-iring

As my dearest Mommy puts it “Dance helps to keep a culture of people alive by sharing and teaching younger generations the dances”

To celebrate her believes and her wonderful life I created “Palu Sa-Iring.” A celebration of dance among friends beating a small drum called Kompang. A traditional hand drum played in groups using interlocking movements to produce various composite rhythms with glorious dance movements.

This event is supported by Yayasan Hasanah.

Catch Sutra Foundation in ArtsFAS
Rentak Bumi (Virtual)
Sutra Foundation
21 November 2021
Rentak Bumi (Virtual)
Sutra Foundation
14 November 2021
Rentak Bumi (Webinar)
Sutra Foundation
29 October 2021
Rentak Bumi (Webinar)
Sutra Foundation
22 October 2021
Rentak Bumi (Live)
Sutra Foundation
3 December 2021


5 December 2021
Rentak Bumi (Virtual)
Sutra Foundation
7 November 2021
Rentak Bumi (Webinar)
Sutra Foundation
15 October 2021

Latest Achievement

  • 2019, Sugam Culture & Heritage Foundation, Malaysia
    Lifetime Arts Achievement Award

  • 2019, Malaysia Indian Entrepreneurs Cooperative
    Perdana Award

  • 2018, ASEAN India Business Council (AIBC)
    3rd Indian ASEAN Achievement Award

  • 2018, Yayasan Usahawan Malaysia
    SME & Entrepreneurship Business Award

  • 2018, Government of India
    Padma Shri Award

Latest Coverage

The National Artkives, Malaysia, 2021 Datuk Ramli Ibrahim
Sin Chew Daily, 2021 - Art has No Religion
The Star, 2021 - Culture & Arts under threat
Brickfields Asia College, 2021 - Carrying On The Legacy: Sutra Dance Theatre’s Outreach Programme
The Vibes. 2021 - Triple Frontiers review: Pushing the lines of Odissi

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