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Art for dance’s sake

For nearly seven decades, Mya Than has been recognised as a highly respected master artist best known for his portrayal of the iconic Kinnara(mythical bird) couple and other traditional duet dancers. Now he’s taking a break from drawing the celestial dancers to devote his time to a different genre. The artist’s staging an exhibition at Hninsi Myaing Art Gallery to celebrate his 81st birthday. Myanmar Eleven met him there recently for a rare peek into his world of art and his long artistic career. 

‘The Glass Man’ wins the International Documentary Award

Noted filmmaker Wera’s documentary titled “The Glass Man” won the International Documentary Award (part of the Golden World Awards 2015). The awards presentation ceremony will be held at the World Films Awards 2015 in June.

Korean boy band BTS set to thrill Yangon fans

Popular South Korean idol group Bangtan Boys (BTS) and R&B artist Ailee will perform at a K-pop concert in Yangon on June 16 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Myanmar and South Korea.

The ‘2015 K-pop Concert Live in Yangon’ will see the group sharing the stage with N-Sonic and A.KOR 

Four paintings sold at auction in aid of Nepal

Four paintings were put up for auction from May 18 to 23 to raise funds in support of quake victims in Nepal.

A paper art painting by artist Htwe Aung Lwin and three paintings by artist Chaw Su Htwe were up for auction via Lynn Whut Hmone’s Facebook account. The opening bid for Htwe Aung Lwin’s painting started at Ks 30,000 (US$30) and Ks 10,000 (US$10) each for Chaw Su Htwe’s paintings.

Yangon hosts Radio Asia Conference

Representatives and musicians from 26 countries converge on Yangon today for the Radio Asia Conference and ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 that runs until May 30.

Since 2012, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has been organising the Radio Asia Conference and ABU Radio Song Festival. Myanmar is the third host country after South Korea and Columbia.

Michelle Yeoh to grace ‘Memory’ filmfest

Famous Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, best known for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The Lady”, is expected to attend the third edition of the Memory International Film Heritage Festival at the end of this month.

At the festival, she will be joined by French actress Catherine Deneuve, Hong Kong actress Cheng Pei-Pei, Singaporean actress Marrie Lee, French director Olivier Assayas as well as local veteran actresses Swe Zin Htike, Khin Thida Tun, Nwe New San, and director Thin Thin Yu.

Scent of a nation

Since ancient times, Myanmar people have been rubbing thanakha paste on their faces as an effective shield against the sun’s harmful rays. The yellow facial cream produced from ground thanakha bark is a much-touted beauty secret deeply ingrained in the Myanmar culture. Men also wear it quite unconsciously. 

Making Myanmar’s first iPhone film

Having established a reputation as a talented filmmaker, Nyo Min Lwin is starting a new trend with his direct-to-video film made entirely with an iPhone. He plans to release “Yè Kan” (“The Loom”) on the Apple Store. 

What inspired “Yè Kan”?

Wera’s new documentary zooms in on abandoned kids in China

Noted filmmaker Wera is planning to begin work on a TV documentary on the plight of Chinese children abandoned by their migrant worker parents. “Why am I Left Behind?”, his fifth foreign film project, is destined for international film festivals next year. 

“I’ve received an offer to make this documentary about children in China left behind by their migrant worker parents. I will portray their emotions and the pain felt by these children. I will draw on my experience to do my best for this film,” said Wera.

A proliferation of cinemas expected in Myanmar

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A private company is planning to build 60 cinemas across Myanmar including 20 cinemas in Yangon and Mandalay as part of a proposal submitted to the Department for Enhancing Film Standards (DEFS). 

“We have received concessions to operate and build 60 cinemas across Myanmar. Foreign investors have also met and discussed with us. The number of cinemas will rise nationwide within this year,” said Thein Naing, director of DEFS.