1 December 1947
|Died||21 October 2008 60) (aged|
Wathone (Burmese : ဝသုန်, lit. "Earth" from Pali vasundra), born Khin Hla, was a prominent Burmese painter, best known for his watercolor and batik paintings. He was the subject of a documentary called A Sketch of Wathone, directed by Kyi Phyu Shin, which won the best shorts award at the National Geographic Society's 2008 All Roads Film Festival. He died at his home in Thingangyun Township, Yangon, in 2008.
The Burmese language is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Myanmar where it is an official language and the language of the Bamar people, the country's principal ethnic group. Although the Constitution of Myanmar officially recognizes the English name of the language as the Myanmar language, most English speakers continue to refer to the language as Burmese, after Burma, the older name for Myanmar. In 2007, it was spoken as a first language by 33 million, primarily the Bamar (Burman) people and related ethnic groups, and as a second language by 10 million, particularly ethnic minorities in Myanmar and neighboring countries.
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