Swel Daw [2]

For archive (Updated on February 27, 2019)

The Beginning

The terms “Swel Daw Yeik” and “Swel Daw Bin” are endearing to the sayas, sayamas and alumni.

Swel Daw Yeik was officially accepted at the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee in 1970 as a synonym for RIT (Rangoon Institute of Technology) and the engineering colleges, institutes which preceded and followed. Saya U Saw Tun (RIT Burmese) and Saya U Moe Aung (EE) were Patrons of the RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin and the Managers for the Swel Daw Yeik Troupe (including the Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint).

Mash up of Swel Daw Yeik poems

Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War), Maung Sein Win (Padeegone) and Saya U Nyunt Htay (Mset73) wrote several poems about Swel Daw. The following is a mash up of some of their works.

Swel Daw

You were the victim of a superstitious power monger
willing to crush “Pretenders to the Throne
animate and inanimate.

Without a just and fair trial,
you were condemned to death.

When one Swel Daw Bin was axed,
two magically reappeared.

When two Swel Daw Bins were hacked,
four appeared to baffle the tormentors.

With each atrocious act
the Swel Daw Bins rebounded and redoubled.

The Adhamma authorities decreed
to use all means possible
and ruthlessly uproot all Swel Daw Bins
and banish them from the Land of the Bearers
and Defenders of Dhamma.

Why? Why? Why?

Swel Daws do not have destructive power
or desire to exploit.

They do not have Loba (Greed), Dosa (Anger)
and Moha (Ignorance or Delusion).

They simply display pristine, beauty and elegance.

They embody the principles of trust, integrity,
and the unity of

  • mentors and mentees
  • students, teachers, and workers (Loke Tha’s)

They provide shade, calm and tranquillity
to those seeking rest & peace of mind.

With the dawning of the Pwint Linn Era 
Fifty majestic Swel Daw Bins bloom gallantly
along side the famed Shwe YaDu Lann
with pleasing Shwe YaDu Benches

There have been tears of sorrow
when Swel Daws were banished from the Land of Dhamma.

Now there are tears of joy 
with many artifacts bearing your name

  • Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint (providing high quality entertainment)
  • Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung (for SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007 and SPZP-2010)
  • Swel Daw Yeik Magazine (for SPZP-2012, Shwe YaDu and SPZP-2016)
  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (provide health care to eligible sayas)

Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint

The “Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint” was a top attraction at the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee in 1970. Saya U Moe Aung led the Swel Daw Yeik Troupe for the GJ Celebrations. The Htee Yein received acclaim.

U Soe Aung (Mech/Auto 70), former Secretary of the RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin recounted the sad story of banning of the Ah Thin’s activities by the then higher authorities. He rejoiced when the ban was lifted in time for the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee celebrations thus allowing the general public to appreciate the Ah Nyient and the formerly banned Htee Yein.

Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung

Saya U Moe Aung and team published the commemorative issue of Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung for SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007 and SPZP-2010. Saya reprinted my SAYA PUZAW PWE poem as the back cover of the SPZP-2002 issue. Saya printed my SWEL DAW poem in the SPZP-2007 issue and my article SAD AND SHORT CLIP : EE SAYAS in the SPZP-2010 issue.

Swel Daw Yeik Magazine

Saya U Moe Aung and the distinguished Alumni Writers/Poets served as Contributing Editors for the commemorative issue of the full fledged Swel Daw Yeik Magazine for SPZP-2012, Shwe YaDu (in 2014) and SPZP-2016.

Swel Daw Yeik Foundation

Since there was no formal Alumni Association, the idea to help sayas and alumni of the past and present was floated around SPZP-2012 by Saya U Moe Aung and his former students.

Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF) was founded in 2013.

SDYF has helped not only with the Health Care of eligible sayas and sayamas, but also in several RIT related activities such as Shwe YaDu and SPZPs. Fifty Swel Daw Bins were planted and maintained.

Swel Daw — RIT Spirit

Thanks to the sayas and alumni that have kept the Swel Daw (RIT Spirit) alive and well.

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