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Mandalay Moustache Brother

Posted by
Stephen Skok (ASCOT VALE, Australia) on 25 June 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The Moustache Brothers, Par Par Lay seen here, Lu Zaw, and Lu Maw are a screwball-satrical comedic act that are a Mandalay institution - for foreigners only, though.

Par Par Lay, Lu Zaw, and Lu Maw. Lay and Zaw served almost 6 years of a sentence to 7 years in labour camp for being less than kind to the government in a performance at the home of Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon in 1996. Since their release after this stint in jail, the brothers have on several other occasions been on the wrong side of crackdowns against anti government activities.

The show takes place in their home. It was physical, corny and to the point. You didn't have to ponder the hidden meanings. The brothers would frequently stop for photo ops, such as this one They use the proceeds to provide basic welfare for political prisoners.

Happy-snapped with a Canon S95.

BTW today is Eric Blair's birthday. If alive, he'd be the ripe old age of 108. While in Burma recently, I read for the first time hi highly acclaimed novel, Burmese Days, which still stand s the test of time. Oh, and Eric used the pen name of George Orwell. ;-)

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