In 1994, the National Academy of Arts, was established to champion a Malaysian identity through education of traditional and contemporary dance, theatre, writing and music. In 2011, funds from Sime Darby Foundation enabled the full-time professional company to be established for outstanding dance graduates. ASWARA Dance Company is now a shining example of Malaysia’s plurality embodied in its repertoire. The company has won innumerable awards as well as national and international grants. Major productions include Women On Top, 3 Faces, Makyung Dewa Indera Indera Dewa, Two, 2 by 2, Take Off!, Panchali Sabatham, Connecting Communities – National Dance Tour as well as local and international performances.