Sunday, May 11, 2008

Malaysia's inaugural Stirring Odissi festival

For over 25 years, KL-based Sutra Dance Theatre has been preparing the grounds for a major event like Stirring Odissi, which brings together over a hundred of the world’s best Odissi dancers and musicians, as well as visual artists and scholars—all of whom have been inspired by Odissi, a form of Indian classical dance from Orissa, Eastern India. This festival, which celebrates creativity, excellence with a global vision and a passion for this elegant, sensual and lyrical dance form, is the brainchild of its most tireless exponent in Malaysia: Sutra Dance Theatre’s artistic founder and director, Ramli Ibrahim—a direct disciple of the pioneer Guru, Deba Prasad.

For more than two decades, Ramli has consistently exposed Malaysian audiences to Odissi, and has over that period produced internationally recognized Odissi dancers. Stirring Odissi, which will be the most extensive Odissi exposition ever staged in Malaysia, showcases solo and group performances, exhibitions of paintings and photographs and a seminar which will discuss relevant topics in preparing this dynamic dance style for the 21st century. Hailing from around Malaysia as well as from various parts of India, the UK, Japan, USA, Singapore and Switzerland, some of the world-renowned performers participating include Madhavi Mudgal, Minati Mishra and Masako Ono; as well as our very own January Low, Revathi Tamilselvam and Ramli himself. This major event in the performing arts calendar for 2008 in Malaysia and India is also held in conjunction with Sutra Dance Theatre’s 25th anniversary.

21 May—14 June, various times
Venues: Amphi Sutra, Malaysia Tourism Centre,
KLPac and Petronas Gallery
Admission: RM103, RM73, RM53, RM38 (performances)
Tel: 03–4021 1092/4022 9669

Check out the Stirring Odissi TV promo video here.

Source: Vision KL magazine
Writer: Mavis Hooi

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