21 June, 2018
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the Thai traditional Masked Dance Performance in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Thailand at the Myanmar International Convention Centire II in Nay Pyi Taw.
The event was also attended by Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw U T Khun Myat, Union ministers, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries, senior military officers, the Minister for Culture of Thailand Mr. Vira Rojpojchanarat, and officials of the Thailand Embassy in Yangon.
Before attending the performance, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi viewed wall paintings from Bagan’s Maha Sima and photos exhibited by Thammasat University.
The performance was opened with speeches by mbassador of Thailand Mr. Jukr Boon-Long and Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko.
Mr. Jukr Boon-Long expressed his delight for President U Win Myint’s visit to Thailand at a time when the two countries were arranging to celebrate the 70th establishment of diplomatic relations.
An exhibition of artwork, a traditional dance performance, a Thai film festival and traditional Thai cuisine will be offered to mark the 70th diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries.
The Ambassador also expressed his delight for the State Counsellor’s visit to Thailand after she took office.
He also highlighted the two countries’ similar culture in the Ramayana performance which was staged at the ceremony.
Afterwards, Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko said Thailand-Myanmar relations would be expanded and praised the 70th anniversary of establishment of relations between Myanmar and Thailand as a good opportunity to promote the cultural sector between the two countries.
“Commemorative ceremonies like this event between the two countries will foster the mutual understanding and friendship and will bring success to both countries in the future,” said the Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture.
Afterwards, the masked dance was performed by the dance troupe from Thailand, which was also joined by the Myanmar cultural troupe of the Fine Arts Department.
The performance feature beautiful scenes from the Rakakien, a Thai national epic adapted from the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana.
After the performance, Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Minister for Culture of Thailand Mr. Vira Rojpojchanarat and Ambassador of Thailand Mr. Jukr Boon-Long presented bouquets to the dance troupes and posed for photos together with the artistes and audience.
The masked dance will be performed at the National Theatre in Mandalay on 23 June.