December 15, 2016

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Elephant troupes in Kyaukse stick to tradition

An official presents prize to a winning team in elephant dancing  festival in Kyaukse. Photo: Tun Tun Naing
An official presents prize to a winning team in elephant dancing festival in Kyaukse. Photo: Tun Tun Naing

THE elephant dancing festival, one of the most famous traditional festivals in Myanmar, was held in Kyaukse, Mandalay Region, on Tuesday night.
The Shwe Myanmar troupe from Pauktaw Ward secured first prize in the senior elephant dancing contest while the Wunna Thura troupe won first prize in the junior competition.
Hla Yin Kyay troupe placed first in the traditional elephant dancing contest followed by Padauk Myaing troupe who came second. Pyae Ahman troupe came in third. A total of 16 dancing troupes participated in the event.
Officials of the organising committee presented K800,000 to the first prize winner and K600,000 to the second in the senior event, K600,000 to the first prize winner in the junior event and K1 million, K800,000 and K600,000 to the first, second and third prize winners in the traditional elephant dancing contest respectively.
Kyaukse District’s deputy commissioner U Myint Naing and officials of Kanbawza Bank (Kyaukse) gave prizes to other elephant troupes who participated in the opening ceremony.—Tun Tun Naing (Kyaukse)

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