Traditional Music & Dance

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Sama Gwek Duet Dance(Mon)

In the early Suwunna Burnt period, the Sama Gwek Dance was performed inside palaces to glorify the kings and their royal families during the events celebrating the enlightenment of Buddha. This dance is performed with songs depicting the greatness of the Buddha in riddles.
With the passage of time, the Sama Gwek dance was performed not only in the king's palace but in the townships and villages. Because of the popularity of this duet dance, competitions are now held. The musical instruments used are the crocodile-shaped guitar, the violin, the flute, drums, a small cymbal and a clapper.
     The well choreographed dance of Sama Gwek exudes the very essence of Mon, and it is one of the most enchanting and delightful of the Mon traditional dance and songs.