Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's opposition leader.

In Burma, there is one woman who everybody knows, though some have to pretend not to treat as a future leader. That would be Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader and the would-be president of this land called Myanmar.

The Daw, as she is affectionately known, was recently in the news after she accepted the position of honorary ambassador for the Leeds International Piano Competition, taking place in the city this summer in August and September.

The political dissident has long been an amateur piano player, and she spent 15 years under house arrest. One of her small joys was being able to play piano during these tough times. Her followers used to listen to her the music to know she was ok.

The competion, taking place August 29 through Sept 16 will include 80 entrants from 20 countries and feature a top prize of 18000 pounds and many concert bookings to the winner.

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