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The Writing is on the Wall U Ba Gyan exhibition reflects new political freedom

Enthusiasts enjoying excellent works of cartoonists at U Ba Gyan cartoon exhibition on 13th street in Lanmadaw Township. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Enthusiasts enjoying excellent works of cartoonists at U Ba Gyan cartoon exhibition on 13th street in Lanmadaw Township. Photo: Aye Min Soe

MORE than 300 cartoons have been exhibited in an annual showing on 13th Street in Lanmadaw Township, Yangon, marking the centenary of the birth of U Ba Gyan, the late pioneering cartoonist widely celebrated in Myanmar.
Yangon’s 13th street, known as U Ba Gyan Street when the cartoonist was living there, will be flanked by 318 cartoons from 24 to 26 November.
As spectators throng to the exhibition at night, the organisers of the exhibition are distributing ballots to cartoon enthusiasts to vote for the event’s best cartoons.
“The cartoons this year showmore freedom and really reflect the feelings of the people, more so than the exhibition in 2013 that I visited,” said U Aung Thet Oo, 50.
The subject matter of many of the exhibited cartoons touches on politics and the election, while others highlight chaos in the daily life of the people.
“My favourite cartoon is the one where someone cries out ‘No one is above the law. But, his voice comes out above the law book’,” he added.
Sint Sint Pyone, 27, who has attended the exhibition for the last three years, said she loves the satirisation of the ministers. One cartoon recounted a government minister’s suggestion to farmers to eat fewer meals per day in order to hasten their ability to pay back loans from the government.
U Ba Gyan was born in 1902 and passed away in 1953.
Ba Gyan’s cartoons covered a wide variety of topics and events, ridiculed human frailties such as discourtesy, dishonesty, snobbery, arrogance, inefficiency, sloth and aspects of the human condition.
The annual exhibition was suspended for several years after the 1988 crisis and revived in 2002.

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