With a wink, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, 64, says, â€œIâ€™m looking to create a scandal. My reputation has been too pure recentlyâ€. Itâ€™s not so much controversy as an exacting standard that has had the recent recipient of Indiaâ€™s Padma Shri award, enchanting local and international audiences alike. Datuk Ramli has been a doyen of dance, renovating and pushing forward the conversation revolving around Malaysiaâ€™s arts and cultural scene, with an august career spanning approximately 40 years.
While his is a truly venerated name within the artistic communityâ€”and despite the incredible amount of accolades and titles under his beltâ€” Datuk Ramli is not one to seek out these laurels.
â€œI am very organic and very natural in the way I take any title, be it my Datukship or the Sangeet Natak Award, which is, for me, meaningful because it is given by artistes.â€