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Keeping Alive Traditional Mon Music

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Training youth how to play the traditional crocodile-shaped Mon instrument that is almost extinguised nowadays in South East Asia
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Keeping Alive Traditional Mon Music

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The crocodile-shaped musical instrument is an ancient Mon traditional musical instrument that was once played not only in Burma, but also in Thailand, Vietnam and throughout South East Asia. Today, only a few people from the older generations of the Mon people in Burma know how to play this instrument and thus the culture has almost extinguished. The Heritage of Mon Culture Group therefore will hold training sessions to teach the Mon youths how to play this traditional musical instrument to pass the skills of the elders to the younger generation and eventually to keep the culture alive.

Your can contribute to hosting the training sessions for the Mon youth and help preserve the almost forgotten musical heritage of the Mon ethnic group of Burma.

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Name of Organization The Heritage of Mon Culture Group
About the Organisation

The Heritage of Mon Culture Group was established in 2003 with its aim to perpetuate and conserve the Mon traditional and cultural heritage throughout the world. Since the establishment, the organization has strived to introduce the Mon culture to the public. The Heritage of Mon Culture Group has produced 30 items of Mon traditional songs and dances with voluntary contributions from its members and supporters. The organization has opened training session of the Mon traditional dance and music in the USA and in Thailand for anyone who is interested.

Total Costs MMK 400,000 (approx. CZK 10,000 / EUR 385 / USD 500)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 10,000
Total Number of Shares 20
Location Moulmein, Burma
Timeframe May - July 2013
Progress Update

The training took place in June 2013. The results were quite remarkable - a new performing group was assembled as a result of the training and by the end of August, they already performed 10 times at events locally and in Yangon. You can see photos from their performance during the BCP team visit in late August 2013.

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