Sutra Foundation presents ‘Jaya Ram’ at klpac on Sept 21-25

THE Sutra Foundation will be presenting its biggest Odissi production of the year “Jaya Ram” starting Sept 21 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac).

“Jaya Ram” is a continuation of Sutra’s love-story with the culture-rich Ganjam district, where Sutra had based one of its most successful productions called “Ganjam” in 2015.

The completely new and original Odissi production absorbs the influences of folk genres in both the music and movement of Rama Natakam and Ram Leela, so as to be able to enrich the present repertoire of Odissi with the myth of Lord Rama, Hero of the Ramayana. 

The production will not only feature more than 20 dancers under the Sutra Dance Theatre and Sutra Outreach Programme, but also live musicians dedicated  to the art of classical Indian music. 

“Jaya Ram” was commissioned to Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda, one of Odisha’s well-known dance-makers and a Sutra collaborator for the past four decades. 

The show is a product of research undertaken by Sutra founder Datuk Ramli Ibrahim in Odisha, India — the birthplace of Odissi. 

All aspects of the dance and music compositions, libretto and costume are commissioned to experts of their respective fields in Odisha.

According to Ramli, the much-anticipated “Jaya Ram” is also a befitting celebration of Malaysia and India’s 65 years of diplomatic relationship. 

“After its premiere in Malaysia, the dance show will be brought on tour to India and Singapore as well. This is a love letter from Sutra to the healing world, and truly a dance extravaganza not to be missed by art enthusiasts and the Malaysian public in general.”

“Jaya Ram” will be staged at klpac on Sept 21 (Gala Night) and will continue until Sept 25, 2022. Tickets are priced from RM34 to RM104.

The 80-minute dance show with a 15-minute intermission is suitable for audiences five years old and above only. — by TMR / Pic source: Sutra Foundation

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