Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dagon Taryar awarded peace prize

One of Myanmar’s most prominent authors, Dagon Taryar, will be honoured with an award from a South Korean foundation next month.

Writer Dagon Taryar at his home. Photo: SuppliedWriter Dagon Taryar at his home. Photo: Supplied

The 95-year-old writer’s niece, Ma Thin Myat Sandy, will accept the Manhae Prize on his behalf at a ceremony in Gangwon Province on August 11. Dagon Taryar will be one of 10 recipients at the ceremony.

“The organisation praised his literature, leadership for young people and dedication to democracy and peace,” said Ma Khine Su Kywe on July 16, a lecturer from the Ariran Korean language training centre in Mandalay, who will accompany Ma Thin Myat Sandy to the award ceremony.

“He also has a great deal of experience in Myanmar’s political history, dating back to Bogyoke Aung San.”

The Manhae prize was established in 1974 in memory of Han Yong-un, a poet and Buddhist monk whose pen name was Manhae.

Dagon Taryar is famous for novels such as May and Tot Khit Ko Yout Ya Hmee Hmar Ma Lwae Par (Certain To Reach Our Era) and also his independence from previous governments. Prominent writers said the Manhae Prize was richly deserved.

“It is sad, however, that Dagon Taryar can’t go to accept the award in person,” said Mandalay writer Zaw Khine Oo. “But it is fitting that he won this award for peace at a time when our leaders are trying to achieve an end to Myanmar’s conflicts.”