During the decades of isolation that Myanmar experienced in the 20th century, Singapore was one of a small group of nations that remained friendly with the junta regime. The two countries remain on good terms – and to commemorate the relationship, orchestras from both countries performed together on August 25 at Sedona Hotel.
Using wood in design is nothing new. Keeping it natural – without a stain or a single stroke of paint – isn’t new, either. However, a growing number of designers and woodworkers are putting the natural aesthetics of bare wood centre-stage, to great effect.
Daw Than Shwe is lying in the Intensive Care Unit with an oxygen tube in her nose. Doctors and nurses are cleaning the pressure sore on her thigh. She's something of a VIP at the Hsee Zar Yeik Home for Helpless Chronically Sick Elderly People in Yangon’s East Dagon township, where the youngest of 200 patients is aged about 70, and all are sick and helpless.
Traditionally fought in the sandpits of Mon and Kayin states, the ancient martial art of lethwei is fast gaining popularity among fitness fanatics drawn to its high-intensity, two-for-one cardio and strength training sessions.
No one aims for pathos quite so consistently as the Koreans. Film critics used to say that zombie films reflected cultural anxieties, and Yeon Sang-ho’s zombies-on-a-train gorefest certainly fits that bill in overwrought if thrilling fashion.
The location is noisy, bustling, impersonal, highly public, open to the sun and the rain, not to mention jostling pedestrians and the noise of traffic. None of it troubles the 78-year-old man who has set up his easel there, at Hledan Junction, to paint.
Flowers grow, flowers wilt, flowers die. But some artists dedicate their creative energy to preserving, in perpetuity, the beauty of flowers in full bloom. Such is the case for the five painters participating in the Gandha exhibition at the Yangon Gallery from August 27 to 31.