December 13, 2017

Dr Sai Mauk Kham describes literature as centre of national characteristics and cultural variations

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham poses for photo along with ministers and life-long literary award winners in Yangon.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham poses for photo along with ministers and life-long literary award winners in Yangon.

LITERATURE is the origins of films, music and dramas as well as the centre of national characteristics and cultural variations, Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham said yesterday at a prize ceremony for literary and manuscript awards at the National Theatre in Yangon.
The vice president said that literature and society are closely intertwined and largely interdependent.
“Literature cannot survive without society and vice versa,” he said, stressing the uses and abuses of literature across the world.
Literature is sometimes used as a vehicle for nationalistic propaganda and also as an effective means of pointing out the weaknesses of state heads, politicians and societies.
In line with the motto “The greatness of literature, the grandeur of its people”, seasoned literati are honoured on Literati’s Day every year for their excellent literary works that contribute to society.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham urged the literary community to serve the interest of the people and the country with their literary works.
He then presented National Lifelong Literary Awards to U Win Pe (Mya Zin), U Khin Maung Soe (Maung Paw Tun) and U Ko Law (Ko Lay-Inwa Gon Yi).
Union Ministers U Ye Htut, U Soe Win, Dr Daw Khin San Yi and U Aye Myint Kyu presented National Literary Awards to winners, with deputy ministers and officials presenting Sapay Beikman Manuscript Awards.
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla honoured the three winners of the National Lifelong Literary Award with K1 million each.
The National Lifelong Literary Awards are worth K2.5m each, the National Literary Awards K1.5m each.
The Sapay Beikman Manuscript Awards fall into three levels: K700,000, K500,000 and K300,000 for first, second and third prizes respectively.

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