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The traditional musical instruments of Myanmar were prominent throughout the nation’s history.
The instruments were developed as early as the Pyu Era, Bagan Era and many were dominant features of music during the Innwa Era and Konbaung Era.
While some of these instruments have been preserved and are used today, others have been lost to history.
In an attempt to preserve the traditional musical instruments of Myanmar, the Ministry of Culture displayed traditional instruments and distributed the books about the instruments during an exhibition in 1955. This research shows thirty-three kinds of instruments. Moreover, in a 2003 celebration of traditional instruments, the Ministry of Culture exhibited over two hundred traditional instruments at the national museum.
While the instruments on display were representative of many regions and states, many instruments were not included.
Because of this lack of full representativeness, additional research through field studies is required. This project proposal addresses this need.
To create a preliminary basis towards developing a national ICH inventory of craftsmanship and performing arts of traditional musical instruments in Myanmar.
To safeguard ICH related to the craftsmanship and performing arts of traditional musical instruments and to promote cultural diversity among multi- ethnic groups in Myanmar.
To raise awareness of the Myanmar public on the importance of ICH.
To expand networking and information sharing between Myanmar and Korea.
Vat-gine (Crescent-shaped Gong)
Htaung Tayaw (Upright)
Lute,Karean Kha Na Lute
Pair flute (Manhte)
Baun Gyi , Drum
Kayan Oboe flute (Hne Palwe)
Flute ( Palwe )
Manau Si, Manau Drum
Rawan Kang/Gonggan Mi Gyaung Shar
(Bamboo leg instrument)
Doro (Two strings instruments)
Rawan Htu Hta Yaja
(Middle hole flute)
Larchike Wunpawng Sumpyi Chwut La
Larchike New Chon Moe PyawHtwi
Larchike Yoke Myan Sai Tant Khaik
Dumba, Pahke Buffalo Horn Oboe
Arnmyujalu (dry gourd flute)
Lesu Chain-ngo and Gwar Chi-chi-bu
Lesu Hee Hae, Lesu Violin
Jeinpaw Maung Ngal, Small Gong
Jeinpaw Lin Gwin Ngal,
Jeinpaw Pyi Htaung ,Bamboo Flute
Jeinpaw Htaung Ozi
Jeinpaw Mingalar Maung Gyi,
Auspicious Big Gong
Jeinpaw Maung Gyi, Big Gong
Khatku Wunpawng Sumpyi,
(three strings Banjo)
Lesu Traditional Dance
Khatku Traditional Dancing