Source: www.narthaki.com; Author: Dr. Sunil Kothari; Photo Courtesy: Sutra

When Ramli Ibrahim started studying Odissi under Guru Deba Prasad Das, he was introduced to the basic grammar of Odissi, which he had to master like all disciples. Versatile and trained in a different dance vocabulary, Ramli with great tenacity and determination mastered and absorbed the techniques of classical Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Odissi. And this fund of knowledge has stood him in good stead giving him freedom to express himself with greater sensitivity and imagination. Presenting Sutrarasa during Tarikan Dance Festival 2012 at Panggung Eksperimen Theatre, University of Malaya, at Kuala Lumpur on 5th and 6th September, conceptualized as a duet with eighteen year young Geethika Sree, Ramli took the audience through comprising of classic works of Guru Deba Prasad Das. The most captivating duet was Ardhanarishwara, using the Sanskrit texts including Sankaracharya’s describing Parvati’s female form adorned with champaka flower.

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