Odissi Dancer, Malaysia
India is a powerhouse of culture that manifests in many art forms; foremost among them is dance. From Kathak to Bharatnatyam, Odissi to Kuchipudi the expression of dance carries divinity in finest shape. The restoration and revival of Indian dance form Odissi has been revolutionalized by none other than Mr. Ramli Ibrahim. He moved the margins of gender, nation and dance form when he paved the path to Odissi's revival and gain worldwide acclaim.Born on 20th May 1953 in Kajang in Malaysia, he received his training in Odissi under Guru Debaprasad Das and in Bharatnatyam under Guru Adyar K Lakshman.
He has also studies ballet and modern dance at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. Shri Ramli Ibrahim has received several honours for his work in India and other countries. These include the Fulbright Distinguished Artist Award (1999), the Angarag Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), the Purush Award (2009), the Ram Gopal Best Male Dancer Award (2011), and the Distinguished International Artist Award (2011) conferred by the University of Western Australia. He has been accorded recognition as 'Living Heritage' by the Government of Malaysia.
Shri Ramli Ibrahim receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Odissi dance.Like all great talents he has streamlined dance and its learning through Sutra Dance Theatre, which he established in Kuala Lampur in 1983. His life and work has been documented beautifully in a documentary named Ramli: Heart of Sutra.
He was awarded Padma Shri in 2018 from Govt. Of India for his extraordinary contribution to dance forms