U Kyin U

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Kyin U
Native name
Sinbaungwe, Kingdom of Burma
Language Burmese
Period Konbaung Dynasty

U Kyin U (Burmese : ဦးကြင်ဥ; c.1773c.1838) was one of Burma's most prominent 19th century dramatists, along with U Ponnya. [1] [2]

Kyin U was born c.1773 in Sinbaungwe in present-day Magway Region. [3] He likely began his career as a song and speech writer for stage characters. [4] Kyin U gained prominence in the latter years of King Bagyidaw's reign, and his plays were composed after the First Anglo-Burmese War of 1824. [4] He retired after the end of Bagyidaw's reign, and returned to Sinbaungwe. [4]

Kyin U penned several court plays, primarily based on the Buddhist jatakas. [4] [5] Of the six court plays he wrote, 2 have been lost. [4] His plays dealt with the sociopolitical aspects of early 19th century Burmese history. [5] He was also known for his songs and poetry. [5] Many of his songs are published in an anthology called Thachin Padetha. [3]

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