Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya will host an outdoor performance of khon, the traditional Thai masked drama, on March 9 and 10.//Photo: Fine Arts Department

Thailand’s Rich Cultural Tapestry Unveiled Beneath the Stars

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a seventeenth-century Buddhist monument in Ayutthaya, is poised to host a groundbreaking outdoor performance of traditional Thai masked dance on March 9 and 10. This unique cultural event,…

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Technology comes to the rescue of a dying performance art

Among the traditional Thai performance arts, puppetry is probably one of the most underrated and undernourished. While khon (masked play), nang ta lung (shadow play), likay (folk theatre) and others…

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Farewell Khru Mued

The news that “Khru Mued” or Prasart Thongaram, one of the legendary khon masters, passed away on November 5 marked a big loss for the country’s traditional performance art industry….

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Meet the demon, Kumbhakarna, a 135-year-old copper mask with wide eyes and a grin on his face. (Photos by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Gods, demons and finery

Visitors to Bangkok’s Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center are now able to see one of Thailand’s oldest Khon masks, as well as a range of glittering headdresses and spectacular traditional costumes….

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In this photo taken on December 11, 2021 a dancer takes part in a “nora” performance. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

UNESCO recognises Thailand’s ‘Nora’ folk dance, jasmine rice wins Best Rice Award 2021

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today (Wednesday) recognised “Nora”, a traditional folk dance drama from southern Thailand, as an intangible cultural heritage at the 16th session…

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Hua Khon Pra with a calm and graceful look./ Photo by and Phoowadon Duangmee and Chusri Ngamprasert

The making of history

Glittering costumes, intriguing stories, stunning music, graceful dance, acrobatic movements, spectacular battle scenes and a myriad dazzling masks all make the masked dance drama known as Khon one of Thailand’s…

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Human rights Pichet dance

One dance to cover 7 human rights issues

Pichet Klunchun sets out to do the impossible with a specially created show to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Can several complicated human rights issues…

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Pichet Klunchun

Khon maestro Pichet delves deep into himself and his art in exhibition

Most Thais will recognize the name Pichet Klunchun but few will have seen this master of Khon (Thai classical dance) perform on stage and even fewer will understand the oneness…

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