Ramli bin Ibrahim

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Datuk Ramli bin Ibrahim (born 20 May, 1953) is a Malaysian choreographer and a classical ballet dancer. In 2018, the Government of India gave him the Padma Shri for his contribution to the Odissi dance form. He founded the Sutra Dance Theatre and Sutra Foundation to encourage people in learning traditional dance forms.

Personal life[change | change source]

Ramli Ibrahim was born in Malaysia in May, 1953, to Encik Ibrahim Bin Hj Mohmmad Amin, who was a teacher, and Kamariah, who was a secretary of the Kaum Ibu (women's association) of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO). He grew up in a liberal Muslim family. In an interview to ‘The Hindu’ in 2016 he also claimed to be a singer.[1]

He studied mechanical engineering in the University of Western Australia. Over there, he joined the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. At around the same time he met Chandrabhanu (Zamin Haroon), another Malaysian Muslim classical dancer who had adopted a Hindu name, Chandrabhanu. He who was studying Bharadhanatyam under Adyar Lakshman, another renowned artist, who taught Ibrahim the art form. Later, he would move to Chennai to learn under Lakshman. He would be taught along with other famous dancers like Radha Anjali and Swapnasundari.[1]

It was under the famous Odissi guru, Deba Prasad Das, who was settled in New Delhi, that Ramli Ibrahim started learning Odissi.[2]

Career[change | change source]

After going to back to Malaysia in the year 1983, he had setup the Sutra Dance Theatre in Kuala Lampur. The theatre focused on Malaysian art scene and strives to promote Malaysian art forms both nationally and internationally.[1] It mainly associates itself with the Odissi dance form which originated in the Indian state of Odisha. In 2007 he setup the Sutra foundation in Malaysia.

Padma Shri Award[change | change source]

He was awarded with the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards for artists and others, by the Indian government in the year 2018 for his contributions to Odissi and Bharadhanatyam for over 40 years.  

Other Awards[change | change source]

Fulbright Distinguished Artist Award (1999)

Angarag Lifetime Achievement Award (2006)

Purush Award (2009)

Ram Gopal Best Male Dancer Award (2011)

Snageet Natak Academy Award

Distinguished International Artist Award (2011)[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kothari, Sunil (2016-04-22). "The sutra of harmony". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  2. Mallya, Vinutha MallyaVinutha; Feb 10, Pune Mirror | Updated; 2019; Ist, 06:15. "'One has to know the rules before breaking them'". Pune Mirror. Archived from the original on 2020-03-02. Retrieved 2020-03-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. "CUR_TITLE". sangeetnatak.gov.in. Archived from the original on 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2020-03-02.