Five songs have been selected for the 27th Southeast Asian Games, which Myanmar will host in December 2013.
The winners from a pool of 93 composers were awarded cash prizes during a ceremony at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium on September 22.
U Tint Hsan, minister for sports and chairperson of Myanmar National Sports Committee, said that songs with mass appeal will continue to be sought in the lead-up to the games, which involves the 11 nations comprising Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
There are also plans to broadcast short films featuring the 27th SEA Games on local television channels.
“As the games are held every two years and nations rotate hosting the event, Myanmar will not have this opportunity for another 22 years. I am sure there is more musical talent for Myanmar to showcase — we are choosing songs that will remain in the hearts of audiences for a long time. I want this event to be the best it can possibly be,” U Tint Hsan said.
In the song contest, the first prize of K2 million was awarded to composer Linn Htet for “Hla Pa Dae Arr Ka Zar Yae Yaung Sone U Yin” (Colourful Garden of Sport and Beauty).
The second prize went to composer Saleng for “Phate Khaw Pe” (Welcome), who received K1.5 million, while Aung Naing San’s English composition “Win the Day” won the third prize of K1 million.
Two consolation prizes of K500,000 were given to Kyaw Lin Tun for “Shwe Yaung Lat Khote Than Myar” (Golden Applause) and Ma Phyo Aung Kyaw for her English song, “Together Forever Southeast Asia”.
“I studied the songs of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and decided to compose a song about the sweet smiles of the Myanmar people and the sports we enjoy playing,” said first-prize winner Ko Linn Htet.
“A song is too short to mention the many traditions, cultures and beautiful places in Myanmar, so I went for a simpler message,” the 20-year-old added.
The lyrics to “Colourful Garden of Sport and Beauty” are accompanied by a Myanmar traditional orchestra, including violins.
“I’m not an athlete, but I wanted to contribute to the SEA Games, so I did so as a songwriter. But I didn’t expect to win a prize,” Ko Linn Htet said.
The judging committee of the theme songs was founded early this year and the competition was announced in March.
The three categories included theme songs, dance music and English-language songs.
The head of the judging committee, U Myint Moe Aung, said they would continue to look for additional songs for the SEA Games.
“While the winning songs are good, we look forward to hearing from talented composers who didn’t participate in the competition. And listeners may contact the committee directly with feedback about the five songs selected,” he said.
He said there are also songs that did not win prizes that will be performed by well-known local singers during the games.
(Source: Myanmar Times By Nyein Ei Ei Htwe)