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Shwe Man Thabin: Interview with Nyunt Win

U Tin Maung's eldest son, who enjoyed a long career in films, describes how his father encouraged him to try acting. more
Yangon's Sule Pagoda at dusk as seen from Trader's Hotel (now the "Sule Shangri-la"). (Andrew Rowat)

Interview: In Yangon, Photographer Andrew Rowat Finds a 'Future Yet Unwritten'

In a new project, photographer Andrew Rowat captures Myanmar’s transition through the lens of its now-vulnerable architectural heritage. more

Asia Society Presents: Burmese National Theater

From 1975: Asia Society presents a mesmerizing performance of traditional music and dance from Burma. more

Shwe Man Thabin: San Min Aung

Cell-phone camera footage captures the Shwe Man Thabin troupe's charismatic San Min Aung up-close. more
On loan from the national Museum in Yangon, Myanmar, this double-sided stele is a sandstone sculpture that dates from the fourth to the sixth century CE.

Timelapse: How Art Handlers Move an Ancient 724-Pound Sandstone Sculpture

Watch a team of art handlers orchestrate the installation of a sandstone stele dating back to the fourth to sixth century for Asia Society Museum's exhibition 'Buddhist Art of Myanmar.' more

Buddhist Art of Myanmar: Double-Sided Stele Installation Timelapse

Watch a team of art handlers orchestrate the installation of a 724-pound sandstone sculpture that dates back to the fourth to sixth century for Asia Society Museum's exhibition 'Buddhist Art of Myanmar.' more

Shwe Man Thabin: San Min Win

San Min Win, U Tin Maung's grandson, on stage. more

Shwe Man Thabin: Chan Thar

Chan Thar of the Shwe Man Thabin troupe on stage. more

Shwe Man Thabin: Interview with Khin Chit Win

U Tin Maung's first daughter, describes growing up in the family tradition and her father's visit to America on a Fulbright exchange in 1957. more

Myanmar's Shwe Man Thabin

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Myanmar's Shwe Man Thabin troupe represents the heritage of one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cultures. Heirs to an artistic lineage that stretches back through the centuries, yet effortlessly contemporary in their approach, the members of Shwe Man Thabin are a living link to Myanmar’s rich past, who also ensure that this legacy of court and popular folk traditions will be an integral component of Myanmar’s future.

A highly stylized form, zat pwe typically takes the form of an all-night cabaret, and is a highly popular part of village pagoda celebrations, featuring dancers, comedians, clowns, and acrobats, all accompanied by a live percussion and gong ensemble known as the Hsaing Wang.

Asia Society's Shwe Man Thabin events (right) are part of Myanmar's Moment, a programming series built around the groundbreaking Asia Society Museum exhibition Buddhist Art of Myanmar, which runs from February 10 to May 10, 2015, in New York City.

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Myanmar's Shwe Man Thabin
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