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PRE­PARE for a show­case of beau­ti­ful In­dian cul­ture as Su­tra Foun­da­tion brings a new look to its show Gan­jam this month at Au­di­to­rium DBKL, City Hall. Hav­ing had a first run dur­ing the pop­u­lar city­wide fes­ti­val Di­verseCity last year, Su­tra Foun­da­tion Chair­man Datuk Ramli Ibrahim felt the time was right to bring Gan­jam back for a se­cond go with tweaked and reimag­ined chore­og­ra­phy and nar­ra­tive.

Gan­jam pays trib­ute to the re­gion of South­ern Odisha, home to some of the state’s most pro­lific me­dieval com­posers, po­ets and lit­er­ary fig­ures. Ramli and long- time col­lab­o­ra­tor Guru Ga­jen­dra Panda – a na­tive of the small town­ship of Gan­jam – have dipped into the colour­ful his­tory of the scenic re­gion and au­then­ti­cally adapted that into a stage pro­duc­tion. Gan­jam has been de­scribed as a “col­lage rather than a lin­ear tale” fea­tur­ing over­lap­ping sto­ries that, as with many of Ibrahim’s shows, flirt with myth­i­cal ori­gins of the gods and god­desses. A fund rais­ing gala per­for­mance of the pro­duc­tion is set to take place on March 27 at 5pm, with 100% of the pro­ceeds go­ing to the EduNa­tion Tamil Education Pro­ject, an ini­tia­tive co- founded by Brick­fields Asia Col­lege man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Raja Sing­ham.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion is an­other step in EduNa­tion’s mis­sion of pro­vid­ing free world­class education for any­one, any­where.

Raja Sing­ham said, “When we set up EduNa­tion back in 2012, it was my hope that we en­cour­age our stu­dents in Malaysia to re­alise their tal­ents and po­ten­tial, pro­vid­ing them with the ed­u­ca­tional re­sources they need to suc­ceed aca­dem­i­cally in school. I am pleased to in­form that EduNa­tion now has grown into an in­no­va­tive education pro­ject which touches the lives of stu­dents not only in Malaysia but all over the world.”

Gan­jam’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Ramli said, “We are thrilled and hon­oured to be as­so­ci­ated with EduNa­tion and Brick­fields Asia Col­lege. The en­tire cast and crew un­der­stand how im­por­tant the col­lab­o­ra­tion with EduNa­tion is in chang­ing the lives of com­mu­ni­ties across Malaysia. Education, arts and cul­ture are im­por­tant in na­tion- build­ing and in nur­tur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of a healthy and pos­i­tive mind­set and world­view."

All pro­ceeds will go to­wards the costs in­curred to put the en­tire Tamil pri­mary school syl­labus on­line and teacher train­ing for Tamil head­mas­ters and school teach­ers

By the end of this year, chil­dren in 524 Tamil schools across Malaysia will be able to study any­where at any time, with just the help of a con­nected de­vice. Don’t miss this spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tion that takes you on a colour­ful jour­ney back through time to Gan­jam on March 27 ( Sun­day), 5pm, at Au­di­to­rium DBKL. Lend your sup­port to the EduNa­tion Tamil Education Pro­ject and give th­ese stu­dents and teach­ers the op­por­tu­nity to reach their full po­ten­tial.

For in­vi­ta­tions, con­tact Mithila at 0112125 4097 or e- mail mithila@ bac. edu. my.

su­tra Foun­da­tion brings a new look to its show this month at Au­di­to­rium DBKL, City hall.

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