Tra­di­tional Rakhine and Kayin dance comes to the cap­i­tal

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - PYAE THET PHYO

AFEAST of sound pour­ing out from nearly 300 in­stru­ments, rep­re­sent­ing the en­tire Union of Myan­mar, will be on dis­play this week as the 22nd Myan­mar Tra­di­tional Cul­tural Per­form­ing Arts com­pe­ti­tion gets un­der way in Nay Pyi Taw.

Singers, dancers and com­posers will vie with each other mu­si­cally in the event, promised Cul­ture Min­is­ter Thura U Aung Ko, speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 18.

“This will be a spe­cial event,” he told par­tic­i­pants at the Myan­mar In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

The tra­di­tional dances of Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Ba­mar, Rakhine, Shan and Dawei will all be per­formed, as all re­gions and states will be rep­re­sented.

Two Union dances in­clude “Thar Li Swa Rakhine Pyay” cho­ral danc­ing by 16 Rakhine women, and the lively Kayin tra­di­tional folk dance “Let Twel Nyi Nyi Shei Tho Chi” will be per­formed by eight men and eight women from Kayin State. Rakhine and Kayin tra­di­tional cho­ral danc­ing teach­ers have been sent to the states and re­gions to teach oth­ers, said Thura U Aung Ko.

“Pro­fes­sion­als from Rakhine and Kayin states and dance pro­fes­sion­als from the re­gions and states which have es­tab­lished a Min­istry of Rakhine Na­tional Race Af­fairs and a Min­istry of Kayin Na­tional Race Af­fairs will be as­signed by ra­tio as judges for the Rakhine and Kayin dances,” said the min­is­ter.

This year, for the first time, the com­pe­ti­tion will fea­ture per­for­mances on the flute, among the 13 types of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments to be heard, as both pro­fes­sion­als and en­thu­si­as­tic young­sters aged 15 to 20 will take part.

In all, 299 mu­si­cal in­stru­ments from Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Ba­mar, Rakhine and Shan will ac­com­pany the Rakhine, Kayin and other tra­di­tional, eth­nic and vil­lage tra­di­tional dances, Vice Pres­i­dent U Henry Van Thio said at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The singing con­test will in­clude clas­si­cal, tra­di­tional, mod­ern and na­tional songs, along­side dance con­tests, eth­nic tra­di­tional con­tests and vil­lage con­tests, pup­pet shows, the nar­ra­tion of re­li­gious or his­tor­i­cal sto­ries, and Myan­mar ba­sic dance ac­com­pa­nied solely by rhyth­mic beats (gabya­lut).

The per­form­ing arts com­pe­ti­tio aims at pre­serv­ing na­tional unity, cul­ture and Union char­ac­ter. Tak­ing part will be 722 men and 1044 women from the states and re­gions, a to­tal of 1766.

All the con­tests will be held at Yezin Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of Forestry and the Univer­sity of Vet­eri­nary Sci­ence. Prizes will be handed out on Oc­to­ber 25 at the in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion cen­tre.

Trans­la­tion by San Layy

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