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Ramli to perform twice next time

Published on: Monday, March 24, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Dance maestro Dato Ramli Ibrahim again captivated his fans here in a concert that was attended by people of all races, including tourists, at the JKKN Complex, Friday night.

The success prompted him and co-sponsor Sabah Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Dr Victor Suppiah to decide to hold two shows each in Sabah and Sarawak yearly from 2015.

This time around, Ramli presented "Krishna, Love Re-invented" (Odissi). Odissi is one of eight traditional Indian classical dance forms where every gesture as well as action has a special meaning and needs much practice.

The show also recently premiered to great success at several venues in South India, making his dance troupe the third best in India. Ramli, who is also the Artistic Director, said Lord Krishna is a metaphor of love. "Almost everything related to Lord Krishna's myth is joyous," he said.

Suppiah said he was glad to be associated with Ramli whose iconic work showcase the best in Indian traditional dance.

"It is also a good opportunity for people in Sabah to familiarise themselves with an art form that is unique and dates back several thousand years."

He said he wished to see the youngsters in Sabah and Sarawak also having the benefit of learning such intricate dance skills from a master like Ramli as it is currently only possible at Sutera House in Kuala Lumpur.

He hoped to obtain the support of the State Government in this regard in fulfilment of the 1Malaysia ideal. His dozen-odd dancers comprise various races.