Mr. KHIN MAUNG HTWE
When he was very young, he followed theatre-goer of his mother to theatrical performances and became a theatre-lover. He saw all night theatrical shows at the pagoda festivals sometimes for about five successive nights with his mother. He was also greatly interested in dancing, acting, stage-craft and stage lighting. He,
being a mechanical minded boy, projected the silhouette picture which he drew on a piece of celluloid on a white screen using a small watch repairer’s magnifying lens of his father. Sometimes, he directed the sunlight on the celluloid by means of mirrors. Sometimes, he used a flash light when sunlight was unavailable.
Although a self-taught artist, he won many prizes in painting and sketching at the township level all schools painting and drawing competitions. His knowledge of painting and sketching proved very helpful in his later hobbies such as photography, video-recording, video editing and graphic designing etc…
He was also good at his studies and always passed his examinations with flying colours. His favourite subject was Myanmar Literature. He read all kinds of books and always got distinction in the Subject of Myanmar not only at high school but also at university.
Although he wished to become a doctor, he decided to study mechanical engineering in order for him to attend the Institute of Marine Technology. After his graduation from the Marine Institute, he joined the government-owned Myanmar Five Star Shipping Line as a Deck Officer of foreign going ships for about ten years. He then joined several foreign shipping companies for ten more years. As a seaman, he earned a lot but after he realized that the seeking money is never ending story he planned to switch to another career for his children, his family and his mother country. Before ending his seafaring days he and his wife visited neighbouring countries and studied many cultural shows. After retirement from seaman-life he bought a micro bus and managed a transportation service for foreign tourists collaborated with a number of travels and tours companies and studied tourism business for 3 years, driving the car himself. He studied cultural shows and entertainments at hotels and restaurants especially puppet shows in Bagan, Mandalay and Yangon before setting up the HTWE OO MYANMAR Traditional Puppet Theatre in 2006.
His main aim is to fill a gap in tourism industry in terms of entertainment and also rehabilitation of the Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre and he hopes to achieve that objective in near future whatever the difficulties he might experience.
His another aim is to show the Myanmar string puppetry and through it the Myanmar culture to the world. In other words he wishes to make Myanmar country and Myanmar people known to the world. A newspaper article about him:
Mr. TUN KYI
He started the career in puppetry since childhood at “U Pan” puppet troupe where his father, Tun Yin @ Theingi (Puppet Comedian), and mother, Daw Mei Yu @ Bala Tin (Puppet Princess), served. He served several puppet theatres named “Hti-dan Khin San”, “Pon-na-byan U Kyaw Aye” and “Dagon Aung” till age of 40 and he spent about 20 years of his life as a farmer in his native, Thayawaddy, about 150km far from Yangon.
He resumed his puppeteer life about a month in every year only when Myanmar Traditional and Cultural Performing Arts Competition were held by State Government annually and won many Gold Medals. Now, he is a member of HTWE OO MYANMAR Traditional Puppet Troupe since 2009. He is still living in Thayawaddy while the troupe temporarily disbanded in tourist low season.
Mr. MAUNG KYI
He began to serve the Cultural Ministry, Dance and Drama Ensemble as a dancer in 1962. He learnt puppet manipulation in 1982 and served as a puppeteer too. He performed as RAMA in the RAMAYANA Drama. As a member of the Cultural Ministry, Dance and Drama Ensemble, he had been to a number foreign countries. He won gold, silver and bronze medals for his participation in puppet drama competitions in the annually held Myanmar Traditional Performing Arts Competitions.
He retired from the Cultural Ministry, Dance and Drama Ensemble in 2006.
He is also performing at Karaweik Hall dinner and entertainment programme for foreign tourists since 1997.
Ms. CHO CHO SAN
Daughter of the puppet master TUN KYI. She learnt the puppet manipulation and embroidery from her father. She annually takes part in the Yangon Division Puppet Drama Troupe which participated in the Myanmar Traditional Performing Arts Competitions - Puppet Drama Competitions annually held at Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital of Myanmar. A newspaper article about her:
Ms. TIN NAN MYINT
She started the career in puppetry since childhood at “Sein Par Ti” puppet troupe which was founded by his father and mother. She can manipulate any kind of puppet-characters and can sing and narrate too.
She participated in Myanmar Traditional and Cultural Performing Arts Competition held by State Government annually and won many Gold Medals.
Part time Puppeteers
Ms. TIN TIN OO
Ms. THET THET HTWE OO
Mr. THET PAING HTWE OO