Communities in step with nation

Datuk Ramli Ibrahim of Sutra Dance Theatre tells R. Gowri of what he hopes to achieve with its outreach programme

IT’S 7am on a cool Saturday morning in late October and 9-yearold Kirthana Sukumaran knows there is no lounging around in bed today.

She may not have to make the trek to her school in Klang this morning, but Saturdays for her still mean an early rise and shower.

But she’s not complaining.

An hour later, the small, slender girl is seated in her parents’ car, making the 47km journey to the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Kuala Selangor.

By 8.50am, she’s already at the temple hall, together with 59 other students, waiting to perfect the stances and steps of an ancient dance from the State of Odisha in India.

Some 72km away in a suburb of Petaling Jaya, it’s also an early start in the home of a respected figure in the Malaysian performing arts scene.

A session of yoga, breakfast and then the drive to Kuala Selangor.

Click here for full story

From: New Strait Times Online