(Anyeint Pwe)
   A kind of traditional performance combining instrumental music, song, dance, and comedy routines. It has been compared to vaudeville. Originally confined to the royal court, the demise of the Konbaung Dynasty in 1885 led to its widespread adoption as popular entertainment. Anyeint troupes contain about 10 or 12 members, both male and female. During the colonial, U Nu, and Ne Win periods, it was not uncommon for such troupes to include comedians who made members of the political elite into figures of harmless fun. However, political satire in any form has been prohibited by the State Law and Order Restoration Council/State Peace and Development Council, as reflected in their arrest of the Moustache Brothers in 1996.
   See also Pwe.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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