Fine Arts Department
Myanmar Theatrical Association
Myanmar Music Association
To preserve and promote of traditional/folk performing arts, the Government held a nationwide meeting in 1963 and established the Myanmar Theatrical Association and Myanmar Music Association after that meeting.
The State School of Drama and Music (Yangon) was established in 1952 and the State School of Drama and Music (Mandalay) in 1953. The State School of Fine Arts (Painting and Sculpture) in Yangon and Mandalay were also established in 1952 and 1953. The Yangon University of Culture was established in 1993 and the Mandalay University of Culture was established in 2001. After Completion of full time 3 year Degree courses and 4 year Honours Degree courses, specializing in Music, Dramatic Arts, Painting and Sculpture, they are conferred B.A and B.A (Hons) degrees for their respective specializations.
Carrying out Myanmar Traditional Culture Performing Arts Competition yearly since 1993 as well as other local competitions yearly.
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There are six strategies at national level for preservation promotion of traditional/folk performing arts.
(1)Vitalization of patriotism and nationalist fervour in all citizens including youths.
(2)Preservation and safeguarding of Myanmar cultural heritage.
(3)Revival of Myanmar music and dance and revitalization of national pride and prestige.
(4)Flourishing of genuine Myanmar fine arts.
(5)Improvement of intellectual standard of youths.
(6)Prevention of infiltration of alien country.
There are three major types of Myanmar performing arts.
(1)Folk performing arts.
(2)Traditional/dramatic performing arts.
(3)Traditional performing arts of National Races within Myanmar Union.
Under the Folk performing arts, there are eight kinds of dances and music.
(7) Nat dance
In Myanmar traditional/dramatic performing arts, there are many different kinds of dances and music. Regularly they can be classified into three main types of traditional performing arts. Those are:
(1) Anyeint dance
(2) Zat dance
The Union of Myanmar is a nation constituted with a variety of national races. There are eight major national races Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. Each national races has several different kinds of dances and music.
Ministry of Union Culture (compiled)
1959 National Traditional Dance.
Ministry of Union Culture.
Pan Tayar Myint Aung (compiled)
1969 History of Myanmar.
Tin Tun Oo (compiled)
(1)Myanmar Radio and Television, Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar
(2)Information and Public Relations Department. No.22/24, Pansodan St., Yangon, Myanmar
Form of documentation: photograph, audio cassette, video cassette
Every student specializing in Music and Dramastic Arts has to choose according to their hobby to study traditional/folk performing arts ten periods (45 minutes each) weekly.
And also in the Myanmar Traditional Cultural Performing Arts Competitions every student can participate in the level of contestants such as Higher Education level, Basic Education level (5-10 years old), (10-15 years old), and (above 15 years old).
Mr. Zaw Than
Fine Arts Department
Address: 131, Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
(Revised in July 2004)
Ms. Khin Hla Htay
Yangon University of Culture
Address: Aung Zeya Road, 26th block, South Dagon Myothit Township, Yangon, Myanmar