Month: February 2009

Maung Tha Noe – Modern Burmese Poetry

Maung Tha Noe with Modern Poet Moe Zaw - filed picture

Maung Tha Noe with Modern Poet Moe Zaw - filed picture

 

Modern Burmese Poetry

by Maung Tha Noe

October 21, 2008

 

            When the BBC asked me in a recent interview what books the youth in Burma today are reading, I told them our boys and girls are too busy looking for means of survival to bother about literature. The interviewer retorted to the effect that someone in a Rangoon bookshop had told her they do read computer books and economics books. I told her that computer books or books on business management are not literature, at least not imaginative literature. The young people today are not reading the kinds of books we used to read in our student days – books by Shwe-udaung or Bhamo Tin Aung, novels by D.H. Lawrence or George Orwell, or the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam or Mayakovskiy’s Cloud in Trousers.

 

My Academy Sein – Burmese Academy Award, not for the “Lady”

 

 

Burmese Academy Award, not for the “Lady”

My Academy Sein

February 9, 2009

At the Burmese motion picture academy award ceremony, all the Burmese audience was interested. They were eagerly locking on the live TV broadcast to see who would win according to the rumors outside and also enjoying the sight of dresses and fashions of the stars. Some were even speculating on the screen that who might have the chance according to the way they dressed.

 

It was hosted in “Nay Pyi Daw”, a very remote far place, a said-capitol of Burma. Some pitied the stars for their trouble to go there. It was hard to say “No” for that kind of great ceremony.  Our audience knew that the stars behind their head, they might be wishing for the Academy Award ceremony to take place in Rangoon.

Burmese celebrated Annual Htamanai Traditional Festival at Shwedagon Pagoda

Burmese celebrated Annual Htamanai Traditional Festival at Shwedagon Pagoda

MoeMaKa Photo News

February 9, 2009

          As this day as full moon day of Burmese month, Tabodwe and Burmese at Shwedagon Pagoda celebrated Burmese Harvest Festival with making a special Burmese traditional treat call “Htamanai”, combination of glutinous rice, coconut, sesame seeds and peanuts cooked over heated iron pan. Photos were taken from the event.

MoeMaKa Win – Burmese Journals and Academy Awards made in Korea

 

Burmese Journals and Academy Awards made in Korea
MoeMaKa Win
Ferbruary 7, 2009

I was glancing at the situation of Burmese journal market here in our country. There were a lot of journals in number but most popular were journals on sports and football. The selling price were around 500 but some sold at 600 Kyats. One journal called “Weeklyeleven” was sold at Kyat 600 before the other price hike. Still some of the journals were selling at 400 Kyats too. Journals were used to focus on scoops and latest news but most of the news was outdated and world news. Now a day, news on actors and actress from Korea seemed a most popular issue in the market.

Collection of News Headlines from Burmese Journals – as of 30th Jan 2009

Collection of News Headlines from Burmese Journals

Journal Jo The Geek

January 30th, 2009

Non-renewal GSM phone SIM-card popular in Burma, Burmese internet users showed interest in Wi-Fi network, Local river-transport authority and Ministry of Health gave health care assistance to 160,000 of Nargis victims until January 2009, Locally made electric car going on sale soon, Burma in colder temperature because of cold stream passing the country, The brief history of Sangha (Monks) hospital in Rangoon, “Ma Naw Ra Ma” Education Charity Group produced 50,000 students in 11 years of its operation.

The list of 9 NGO received US$ 70,000.00 from 3D Funds were;

D Aung Khin – Refugees Made in Burma

Refugees Made in Burma
D Aung Khin
February 6, 2009
 
“All the villagers are deserting their villages!!!” According to the news headline, the readers might be puzzled, “It can’t be true. How can it be?”
 
Yes, it was true. There were several numbers of villages being deserted and increasing.
 
While city dwellers from Rangoon or Mandalay were busy attending certificate courses, catching buses and train, consulting with the astrologers and psychics for their better future, the villagers from remote areas were also struggling and hard-working on their own.

Golden September Music Group in Burma launched a new song under ground

 Golden September Music Group in Burma launched a new song under ground

February 5, 2009

A Burmese music group formed secretly in Burma back in 2007 Burmese Saffron Revolution with Burmese artists and singers released again a new song for 2009 called “Unity and Peace”.  They had posted their song through CD, USB Drive and email attachment. MoeMaKa had presented the copy form here.