Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra present Malaysia’s Ramli Ibrahim’s ‘Ganjam’, in association with Sutra Foundation at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi at 7pm on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” – Angela Monet
The magic of Malaysian dancer Ramli Ibrahim’s, choreography and excellence, dancer and expertise as costume designer lent wings to the soul of the dancers and encouraged laughter, tears, fears et al to gay abandon, translating the Odissi dance form into an intoxicating celebration with his troupe of ten artists, carrying the traditional form into a contemporary crescendo. Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented Ramli Ibrahim’s ‘Ganjam’, in association with Sutra Foundation. Ramli Ibrahim is the dynamic force in Malaysian theatre and possesses open-mindedness for both the old and the new. Trained in classical ballet, modern dance and Indian classical dance, Ramli is a creator and a visionary in the arts, who sees unity within the diversity of all of Sutra’s artistic endeavors. In Malaysia, Ramli is acclaimed as a pioneer dancer and choreographer of international standing in the fields of dance he has mastered Bharatanatyam, Odissi as well as Contemporary Dance.
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As a teacher of Bharatanatyam and Odissi, Ramli has groomed some of the finest dancers, who have emerged from Malaysia and at the same time placed Indian classical dance in the context of the Malaysian experience. Ramli studied Bharatanatyam under Adyar K Lakshman and Odissi under the late Guru Deba Prasad Das. As Artistic Director of Sutra Dance Theatre, which he started in 1983, Ramli Ibrahim has always envisioned his creativity as a holistic universal experience, one that transcends all cultural boundaries. He has created more than 40 original dance repertoires, in the traditional and contemporary idioms. For Ramli, theatre is the all-encompassing universal vehicle for his creative vision, it expresses life itself in the richness of all its myths and rituals.
As a 3-year-old, Ramli enjoyed dancing in the fields. Instead of walking, dancing was innate to him and there was an inherent ‘entertainer’ in him. Even though by profession Ramli Ibrahim was a qualified mechanical engineer, he pursued dance along with his academic activities. He learnt Malay folk dances and ballet having performed with the Sydney Dance Company in Australia, New York, London and Europe. Ramli learnt Bharatanatyam from Adyar K Lakshman and performed Indian classical dance under the name of Ramachandra! But when he was exposed to the Odissi dance form, he was enthralled and development as a reaction against the overly structured, steeped in tradition Bharatanatyam, that prompted Ramli to go to Puri and seek institution from a disciple of Guru Deba Prasad Das and soon become after a direct student of Guru Deba Prasad Das.
The idols and guiding forces during the early stages of Ramli’s career were Picasso, Japanese poetry, books on myths and mysticism, works of Carl Gustav Jung and more such.