Thein Naing was born on 27 March 1936 at Sin Gyoon Village, Mongwa Township,
Mongwa Aistrict, Zagaing Division, Upper Myanmar. He was matriculated
in 1955 from the State High School, (No.2) Monywa, with distinction
He got his first degree (B.A) in 1962 from the Mandalay University and
joined the Myanmar Departments of the University of Medicine, Mandalay
and the University of Agriculture, Mandalay. Thus he became quite proficient
in teaching Myanmar language and literature.
For his work on History of Myanmar Theatrical Performances, he was awarded
the most coveted National Literary Prize, in 1963 and again in 1965
for his Myanmar Marionette. At the annual gathering of Upper Myanmar
writers and authors, usually held at the Mandalay Dhamma
Biman, he read five research papers on Myanmar literature.
In 1968, he produced a monumental work called A Tika
on Myanmar literature and it has been recognized as the most excellent
work on the subject. Under the Ministry of Culture, Government of Myanmar,
there are several organization like the Society for Maintaining the
Standard of Myanmar Theatres, the Society for Preserving and Developing
Puppet Shows, the Society for the Up Keep of Drummers' Skill, the Society
for Editing the Classical Songs, etc. and he was elected a Member or
Secretary, or a Vice-President in these societies for about ten years.
At present he devoted all available time in private lessons on Myanmar
language and literature.