Celebrating girl power

Htike Htike has certainly come a long way since the day of her triumph in the Melody World singing contest. Now as a member of the newly formed girl group “Myanmar Girls” (made up of the former members of “Me Na Ma Girls”), she has a bright career ahead of her though that comes with certain constraints on things like making choices between career priorities and personal needs. Surprisingly  she’s been allowed to release her first solo album without any fuss. The title track of “Oh My God!” has topped the charts at Myanmar Music Store for weeks.

Pyu civilisation with bold brush strokes

For nearly three decades, writer-cum-artist Kyaw Sein Win has devoted his life to a mission to unearth, save and research ancient Pyu-era artefacts near Min Bu and its environs on the west bank of the Ayeyawady River, home to the ancient Pyu civilisation.  The former school teacher is not only one of a few researchers who can read and write in Pyu, but he also owns a collection of rare Pyu-era artefacts such as burial urns, smoking pipes and beads.

No place like home

Despite England being her base over the past eight years, singer Tin Zar Maw still has a strong following in Myanmar judging by her packed concerts that she stages every April in places across Myanmar. This year, she’s planning to hold her solo concert at the end of the monsoon after a string of shows in the provinces. Myanmar Eleven met up with Tin Zar Maw recently for an update on her life and career in music.

The plight of Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia revealed in a documentary

A documentary about Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia will be screened at the Equality Myanmar’s office in Pazundaung Township today. The screening will be followed by a discussion, 

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.