Saturday, August 19, 2017

Moustache Brothers to perform Thingyan chants in Mandalay

 

Thingyan chants have been banned in recent years but the order against such performances was lifted last year, allowing the Moustache Brothers and another group to perform them.

Par Par Lay’s group performing in Mandalay during Thingyan last year. Photo: SUPPLIEDPar Par Lay’s group performing in Mandalay during Thingyan last year. Photo: SUPPLIED

“Although I am still blacklisted and cannot perform public shows, I am planning to perform chant in Mandalay during Thingyan,” Par Par Lay said.

“I will perform chants looking at political, social, economic and environmental issues. I might also need to find some supporters [sponsors] for our group because we will have expenses for the car that need to be covered, and I want to pay other artists in our group,” Par Par Lay said on March 11.

He said chanting performances are one of the essences of Thingyan.

“I haven’t chosen a title of our chant this year. Last year’s title was ‘Let’s fight friend’. Some elders were afraid that our performances would mock the government but the young people were so happy to see chanting performances return to Thingyan.

“I think there will be more groups performing chants this year during Thingyan in Mandalay,” he added.