Twenty years ago, --- was required to play for a monastic celebration continuously for over twenty-four hours. To stop would have been considered offensive, but he began to vomit blood. The consequence of his overexertion left him unable to play the surna, thus without a source of livelihood.
In a village situated at 15,000 feet, near the border of China, one 80-year-old mon musician declined to share his history. Villagers related memories of a neighbor beating him at a wedding because he had stopped performing his music before the party finished. The village has since boycotted him and his family; they do not speak to him, will not sell him goods, or let him borrow their livestock for farming.