The 17th Dr. Tin Shwe Literary Award presentation ceremony was held at the Sedona Hotel, in Yangon yesterday afternoon.
In his address to the ceremony, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint said the day’s event was an auspicious one where the family of Dr. Tin Shwe honors honorable persons. It was a happy, thankful and a grateful occasion because the family was able to maintain this tradition of honoring those worthy of honor. Awarding literature and arts awards support literature and arts. And it was due to such bestowing of honors that literature and art became more valuable and interesting. Presenting of awards ensure the existence of good literature and books. This can be seen as raising and spreading the value. Literature enthusiasts’ interest in award winning literatures was raised because there were people who bestow literature awards. This was indeed of a great value to literature.
It can be seen that those attending the literary award ceremony felt mudita (a pure joy unadulterated by self-interest) toward the award winners while they also felt mudita toward the award givers. This in turn prompts the attendees to become more enthusiastic toward supporting and caring of literature said the Union Minister.
Next, on behalf of Dr. Tin Shwe Literary Award selection Committee, U Khin Aye (Maung Khin Min- Danuphyu) explained briefly about selecting the award winners.
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint then awarded the Dr. Tin Shwe Life Long Literary Award to Sayamagyi Dr. Yi Yi Hla (Yuwadi Khin Oo), literary awards to Sayagyi Dr. Than Oo who wrote “Compilation of essays on education,” Saya Win Tint who wrote “Translated books in the library” and Zaw Lwin Oo (Hinthada) who wrote “Yinkya” and translation award to Dr. Zaw Htun who translated “The Sweet Honey Drop on the Sharp Scalpel Blade.”
Afterwards Dr. Tin Shwe’s daughter Daw Tin Tin Aye, Chairperson of KMD Group of Companies, translator Saya U Kyaw Swe and wife Daw Thin Thin Naing present cash donations for aged writers which was accepted by Myanmar Writers Association Chairman U Kyaw Win (Manoktha Kyaw Win) while Dr. Tin Shwe’s son U Thet Lwin presented commemorative gifts to Award Selection Committee which was accepted by Saya U Thet Lwin Shwe on behalf of the committee. Later award winners and Dr. Tin Shwe’s daughter Daw Thet Thet Shwe delivered speeches of thanks. At the end of the ceremony Union Minister, award winners and the donor family posed for commemorative photos. — MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)