Sutra Foundation, a bastion of traditional and contemporary arts, is bequeathed to Malaysia by one of its sons, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim. It carries into the future the thread of Ramli’s vision and contribution to the Malaysian arts scene by striving to develop the breadth and depth of Malaysian performing arts, thereby stimulating the creative spirit of cross-cultural Malaysia. Sutra Foundation has presented outstanding national and international artists and trained professional and creative staff in lighting, stage management, theatre production and administration. 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 active during the challenging Covid-19 pandemic period in spearheading continuous and sustained activities in the performing arts (Sutra Dance Theatre), exhibitions (Sutra 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 these with the choreographic intent and presentation to assure a flawless production. Sutra Foundation is guided and administered by its Board of Trustees.
Aditya Archana (Odissi)
Original Dance Composition Guru Durga Charan Ranbir
Conceived for Group Composition Sutra Foundation
Music Traditional Odissi music
Aditya, another name of Surya or the Sun, is regarded as a visible divinity and the Centre of Creation. The Sun is the celestial form of fire; source of light, warmth, knowledge and therefore of Life. It is the Eye of the World, Maker of the Day and Source of Time. As the Enchantment of the Supreme Being, the Sun is envisaged as perpetually creating, supporting, and destroying life, pleasing all by its multi-fold brilliance, thus, deserving of our adoration. The dance is performed by two generations of performers – senior and junior dancers of Sutra.