Composer Maung Thit Min passes away
June 13 - 19, 2011
Composer Maung Thit Min. Pic: Myanmar Times
COMPOSER and writer Maung Thit Min passed away at Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok on June 5, aged 58, following a seven-month battle with intestinal cancer. He is survived by three sons.
Maung Thit Min’s sister-in-law, Ma Cho Cho Mar, said the composer had started suffering from abdominal pain last November. A lesion was found during a medical check-up, and a biopsy revealed the presence of cancer.
“He passed away peacefully after he was admitted to the hospital in Bangkok on May 22, after he had completed a full course of chemotherapy treatment in Yangon,” she said.
Maung Thit Min, whose real name was Maung Daywa, was born in Yangon in 1953 to U Tin Soe and Daw Mya Than.
He started writing poems and novels in 1971, and in the course of his career published works of fiction such as Ashay Nay Htwet Anout Nay Win (The Sun Rises in the East and Sets in the West), Ma Pyaw Kaung Tae A Kyaung Lay Takhu (An Untold Story), Phat Htar San Par Achit Ka Lay Ye (Hug Me) and Ma Nat Phyan Thi A Pyar Yaung (Tomorrow Is Blue).
However, Maung Thit Min faced difficulty earning a living from writing alone, so he soon branched out into writing words for songs.
He gained fame following the release in 1974 of the album A Chit Nya Yin Khone Than (The Sound of Heartbeat in Love Night) by singer Soe Paing, for which he penned the lyrics.
Text from Maung Thit Min’s novel Tay Myone Nhat (A Singing Bird), published in 1977, was also used to write lyrics for a popular album by singer Khine Htoo.
Throughout his career Maung Thit Min composed more than 1000 songs in the contemporary pop genre, and wrote the music and lyrics for Soe Paing’s album A Niee Sone Lu (The Closest Man) released in 1982.
Maung Thit Min also worked as secretary (3) for the Myanmar Music Association (MMA) until he passed away.
“Even though he was sick, he continued writing lyrics until the end,” Ma Cho Cho Mar said.
Singer Nwe Yi Win said Maung Thit Min was a “good judge” in the Melody World singing competition broadcast by Myawady TV station, and was a kind, compassionate member of the MMA.
“He also successfully presented the television program Milestones of Contemporary Music on MRTV-4, which attracted a wide audience,” she said. “His death is a grievous loss to Myanmar’s entire music community.”
Singer She said Maung Thit Min “not only composed love songs but also taught the audience through his profound songs like ‘A Dait Pae Shi Thaw Lu’ [A Meaningful Person]”.
“He also practised what he preached in his songs,” she said, adding, “Maung Thit Min’s death was not unexpected but it was still a big shock, and it is a great loss for the music community.”