Rathimalar Govindarajoo


Rathimalar Govindarajoo, Malaysia’s leading dancer, specialises in Odissi, Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance.

Rathi, a principal dancer with Sutra Dance Theatre (Malaysia) has partnered Ramli Ibrahim (Artistic Director of Sutra Dance Theatre) in numerous productions since 1990. She has performed in Shobana Jeyasingh’s earlier works from 2002 to 2006 – Phantasmaton & [h]Interland (2002/3), Transtep (2004), Flicker & Transtep 2 (2005) and Exit No Exit (2006) – and has toured extensively throughout Britain and Europe, performing these works. Rathi earned an impressive review for Sutra’s performance at the Downtown Festival, NYC: “This is a dancer who casts a spell of the Odissi form by the fullness with which she performs it” (Alastair Macaulay, New York Times). She returned to SJD in 2011 for Configurations.

Rathi has received Marie Claire’s Women of Style & Substance Award (2011) and she was named Watson’s Extraordinary Woman in 2013. She is also an established choreographer; she was nominated for best choreography at the 2009 BOH Cameronian Arts Award, and her recent work Panjara (2012) has also received wide praise.

As one of Malaysia’s most compelling dancers performing in Malaysia and on international stages, Rathi strives to contribute her extensive dance experience towards the performing arts in Malaysia. She now works on a freelance basis, while also choreographing, teaching and conducting rehearsals at Sutra Foundation Malaysia.