If a week is a long time in politics, 15 years in the world of hip hop is an eternity. In 2000, the hip hop band Acid released their first and only tape, Sa Tin Chin (Start). There were four of them: Zay Yar Thaw, Yan Yan Chan, Anegga and Hein Zaw. It was a big hit.
The Yangon Dream Factory can be unkind to those striving to see their names glittering on the marquees of the grand old cinema houses along Sule Pagoda Road, especially for those who can’t handle the tremendous pressure of success. Below are three actors who, for one reason or another, flew off the deep end and found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Move aside, Mr DeMille – these stars are ready for their mug shots.
Min Oak Soe
Min Oak Soe is a man who wears many hats: film actor, owner of Tarapa magazine, owner of Tharawun Film Production – and, as of this week, convicted murderer.
Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. While it is difficult to estimate the number of annual deaths that can be attributed to tobacco in Myanmar, we do know that, along with poor nutrition, smoking is in the top two modifiable risk factors contributing to disability and death. In the United States smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease, resulting in 480,000 – or one in five – premature deaths each year. It is thought that close to 20 percent of the American population smokes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the percentage of people who smoke is higher in Myanmar, particularly if cheroots are also taken into account.
Two generations after she donated her jewels to help fund the reconstruction of one of Myanmar’s premier pagodas, Daw Mya Nan Nwe is increasingly being venerated in her own right, as visitors from across the country seek her intercession to resolve their personal problems. They believe she can make their wishes come true.
Artists from the Myanmar Watercolour Association are to show their artworks in an exhibition entitled Watercolour Inspiration from July 25 to August 2 at Summit Art Gallery on the ground floor of the Utopia Tower in Bogyoke Park.