The Generation of the Peacocks

Karl Ingar Røys & Peacock Generation (MM)

Thangyat is one of the oldest examples of protest song culture in Myanmar. It is performed with a lead singer who has a dancing chorus behind which responds to the main singer. The performances were banned for decades because they often have an anti-authoritarian slant. According to government rules, chants cannot feature one-sided accusations and criticisms that could affect the dignity of the Union of Republic of Myanmar and the government and must not lead to the disintegration of national solidarity.

The student movement in Myanmar has been a very important political force in the most pivotal events in the country's brutal history and young people are at the forefront again today during the current uprising against the Junta takeover.
Many of the singers in The Generation of the Peacock have been arrested for their performances, some have also had to leave the country and go into exile.

Han Htoo Khant Paing, Nan Lin, Paing Phyo Min, Tint Tint Su, Aung Lay, Soe Htet Oo, Paing Ye Thu, Min Thu Kyaw & Zay Yar Lwin

Translation: Nilar Kyaw

Video/sound: Karl Ingar Røys

Support received from

OCA, Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Fritt Ord Foundation Norway

Karl Ingar Røys is an artist/filmmaker from Western Norway, based between Oslo, Volda and Berlin. Karl Ingar Røys studied Law at the Arctic University of Tromsø, Critical Fine Art Practice at St. Martins College of Art & Design in London and Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen.