Remembering Myanmar’s national hero

Myanmar is in festive mood this month as this year marks the birth centenary of Bogyoke Aung San, which falls on February 13, regarded as National Children’s Day.  

A multitude of cultural festivities – being staged chiefly by the National League for Democracy (NLD) in places like Yangon and Natmauk, Aung San’s birthplace – continue to capture the imagination of the public in the run-up to the big day.

'Side Glance of Dragon' to screen at Asians on Film Festival

Noted film-maker Wera's documentary “Side Glance of Dragon” has been selected for screening at the Asians on Film Festival to be held in the United States. 

"My film got an honourable mention for Best Cinematographer at the festival. Maung Maung Thar Myint is the film’s director of photography. I'm proud of his creation as well as the fact that we worked on this film together," said Wera.

A star with a cause

Actress-cum-singer Chit Thu Wai has received recognition for her acting skills and choice of films and direct-to-home videos known for their unconventional plots. Her excellent acting in the recently released direct-to-home-video “Hna Lone Thar Ka A Naing Ya Twar Taw A Khar” (“When the Heart Wins”) has won high praise from the audience.

Human Rights filmfest to tour Natmauk

The Human Rights Human Dignity Travelling Film Festival will be held from February 12 to 13 at Sutaungpyae Payagyi monastery in Natmauk, the birthplace of Bogyoke (General) Aung San to mark the centennial of his birth.

MMPO under fire

The 19-member executive board of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation voted to re-elect Lu Min as chairman for a second term on Tuesday.

"We have re-organised the executive board today. All of the positions were selected through a voting system," said Aye Kyu Lay, one of the vice-chairmen of the MMPO, adding: "Some positions have three candidates, but selection was based on a vote."

Iron Cross performs greatest hits at anniversary concert

Popular rock outfit Iron Cross celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert at Hmawsin Kyun last Sunday. The concert also marked Cherry FM’s anniversary. The venue was crowded with the fans.

In the concert, the rock band – consisting of Lay Phyu, A Nge, Myo Gyi and Y Wine – belted out their old and new greatest hits. Chit San Maung (on lead guitar), Khin Maung Thant (on bass), Banyar Naing (on keyboard), and Karan (on drums) wowed the crowd with their impressive skills and antics.

The show must go on

Ever since she started out on her showbiz career many years ago to pursue her dreams of stardom, Moe Yu San has appeared in a multitude of films and commercials, which have earned her widespread critical acclaim. Having recovered from a bout of illness, the actress is back on the scene with a new film and a traditional stage production. She tells the Myanmar Eleven how she’s mustered the energy to get things going once again.

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Renowned dance troupe to stage a comedic tribute to Aung San

The Aung San Thuriya Hnin Si Anyeint dance troupe will stage a performance to celebrate the birth centenary of Bogyoke Aung San on February 9 and 10 at the National Theater. Popular musicians will also take part in the troupe’s performance.

The all-star line-up includes Lin Lin, Htun Aeindra Bo and Khin Nyunt Yee.

‘House of Literature’ to open in Yangon

Norway’s Hedda Foundation is joining forces with Myanmar’s literary associations to establish the “House of Literature”, the first of its kind in Myanmar and Asia. The literary organisation will house literary associations and book clubs, hosts book launches, literary talks and workshop and organises writing fellowship programmes. 

Bobby Soxer to release solo album next month

Teen hip-hop idol Bobby Soxer will release her album titled "21" on February 8.

The album comprises 14 tracks including self-composed songs as well as tunes written by Hlwan Paing, Bunny Phyoe, and Thein Linn Soe. Featured in the album are several artists including Hlwan Paing, Kyaw Htut Swe, Irene Zin Mar Myint and Mi Sandi.