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Title: Motion Pictures
Date of publication: February 2009
Description/subject: "Burmese artist captures traditional dances on canvas... IN his latest solo exhibition, Nay Myo Say, one of Burma’s best known contemporary artists, has again demonstrated his outstanding skill in depicting the essence of Burmese classical dancing and Buddhist ritual..."
Author/creator: Yeni
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 February 2009


Title: Proud Dancers
Date of publication: April 2005
Description/subject: "Burma’s Rawang keep one ancient tradition alive...The arrival of other ethnic groups in the Rawang homeland, the Putao plains of northern Burma, also threatens the future of Rawang culture, confronting the remaining young people with an identity crisis. Tourism is also making inroads into this remote, mountain-ringed region of Kachin State... Happily, one Rawang tradition appears to be in no danger of dying: ceremonial dancing, or “azolom.” The dance is structured in a snail shape formation in which each circle describes Rawang migration from the flood. Interestingly, a civilization-threatening flood features in Rawang mythology as vividly as in Judeo-Christian texts. The dancers make waving motions with their arms like birds in flight, accompanied by cymbals and drums. The men wear colourful coats of white, red, green and black, colors that respectively represent purity, bravery, peacefulness and stability. They carry blunt swords edged with tiger teeth and wear rattan hats bearing wild boar tusks..."
Author/creator: Elizabeth Kalnin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 April 2006


Title: Art for Politics’ Sake
Date of publication: January 2002
Description/subject: "Burmese and Thai officials are using an alluring tactic in an attempt to heal a rift in bilateral relations. Thailand’s government and members of its business sector have worked hard with the Burmese government to mend ties since relations deteriorated over a series of border skirmishes between the two countries last February. While the countries have engaged in several bilateral diplomatic exchanges, private initiatives sponsored by members of the government and business sector are employing cultural diplomacy as a means to promote business interests..."
Author/creator: John S. Moncreif and Greta Khiel
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 10, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Culture, Society & Arts
Date of publication: June 1999
Description/subject: In terms of sheer dramatic interest, the performing arts of Burma are rivaled only by the country's long and complex history. Even today, our writer finds, Burma's leaders know how to put on a good show.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 7. No. 5
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=1388
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives.php (Vol. 7. No. 5)
Date of entry/update: 21 December 2010


Title: A Story of the Myanmar Marionette Theatre
Description/subject: The Revival of a Dying Art_ Myanmar marionette theatre (Yoke They) -- once a highly esteemed royal pastime -- involves not merely stringed wooden dolls, but life-like human substitutes. The puppets are in fact wooden marionettes manipulated by of strings, but they can dance like subtle ballet stars. The Myanmar puppet theatre still retains its own national characteristics and its original Myanmar tradition as it embraces all the artistic products of Myanmar such as dance and music, sculpture, sequin embroidery, and painting....."
Author/creator: Daw Naing Yee Mar
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 December 2010