One of Sutra’s most irresistible productions last year was Amorous Delight, which premiered in Malaysia on 20 July, 2016. Such was its success that Sutra Foundation endeavours to stage Amorous Delight for a second season at the KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) as part of its fundraising efforts for 2017.
What makes this restaging particularly exciting is the added creative input of Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Malaysia’s fashion mogul and designer to the region’s celebrities, royalty and high society mavens, who will be giving the production an alluring new look in terms of its costume design. Dato’ Sri Bernard has previously designed for Sutra’s ‘L’Apres midi D’un Faune’, a work which Datuk Ramli Ibrahim performed, accompanied by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2014.
Amorous Delight, a contemporary odissi production with dance composition and artistic direction by Meera Das and Ramli Ibrahim, performed by Sutra Dancers, took its inspiration from the ninth-century Amarushataka, a Sanskrit anthology of hundred short verses, all concerned with sringara rasa, the erotic sentiment of love. The Amarushataka had been illustrated by Indian chitrakar (traditional painters) over centuries from different parts of India.
The visual images rendered in palm-leaf (pothi) of the Sharanakula master (his name was never known) of Nayagarh district,Odisha, were some of the most beautiful and artistic of these rare illustrations. When Ramli Ibrahim was first presented with the publication Amorous Delight published by Museum Rietberg (Zurich), collaboratively written by Dr Eberhard Fischer and Dr Dinanath Pathy, Ramli was struck by the magnificent palm leaf manuscript illustrations of the Sharanakula master. He saw its potential as a lyrical dance production. When he mentioned this to the late Dr Dinanath Pathy, the latter wholeheartedly agreed. That was more than ten years ago.
Date: 15th- 19th March 2017 (Wed- Sun)
Venue: KL PAC Pentas 1
15th March 2017 (Wed) • Premium – RM100 • Standard – RM43
16th–19th March 2017 (Thur-Sun) • Premium – RM63 • Standard – RM43
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