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    An explosion of emotion

    Muse, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/10/2017

    » When the news broke on Oct 13 last year that the much beloved King Bhumibol had died, the nation was in for the biggest heartbreak of our generation. People reacted with feverish emotion, with some bursting into tears and others beginning to pray. But National Artist Prof Emeritus Preecha Thaothong grabbed his brush and poured his grief onto canvas. He spent that entire night painting and, the next morning, ended up with a portrait of the revered monarch.

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    Troops at Mahakan rattle locals

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 19/01/2018

    » A leading academic and social activists have expressed concern about the deployment of soldiers at the embattled Mahakan community by the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), saying the military presence has created a climate of fear.

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    Scholar for life

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 16/10/2017

    » I met Prof Dr Satya Vrat Shastri on the evening of Sept 26 for an interview at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. A day earlier, the renowned Sanskrit scholar had had lunch with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, when he reminded his former Sanskrit student about his birthday on Sept 29.

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    Sex, truth & politics

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/09/2017

    » In Uthis Haemamool's new novel, the protagonist's erotic adventure runs parallel to Thailand's political education. A man's carnal quests and sexual outbursts become, in a way, an allegory of a larger social context as the country goes through three coups d'etat and several convulsive protests in the past 25 years. The awakening of the loin as a metaphor for political orgasm, physical penetration as an analogy for abuses of power -- <i>Rang Haeng Pratana</i> (Silhouette Of Desire) is a novel that, Uthis admits, presents him with many risks as a writer.

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    The truth about Ayutthaya

    Spectrum, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 16/04/2017

    » Most people think of the Ayutthaya period in terms of its cultural heritage, but Warangkana Nibhatsukit's latest book highlights the economic aspect of the ancient capital.

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    Printmakingartist Prayatdies aged 79

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 20/09/2014

    » National artist Prayat Pongdam, who drew illustrations for Mahajanaka, passed away yesterday morning aged 79.

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    BMA's Mahakan mess

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/01/2017

    » It is with deep disappointment that we have read Peerawat Jariyasombat's strangely ill-informed article, "A lesson in development" (BP, Jan 16, 2017). In a move that seems calculated to pander to the greed of developers rather than nurture the human resources represented by local populations, Khun Peerawat hails the efforts of Korean authorities to replace an existing population with an artist colony, but says nothing about the fate of the original residents.

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    The fine art of persistence

    Brunch, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 19/06/2016

    » The latest artwork of Chakrabhand Posayakrit, Thailand's best-known painter, is the most surprising of the master's prolific oeuvre.

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    Iron man

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/06/2016

    » Banjerd Lekkong, who grew up in his father's garage and whose intricate iron-welded sculptures are being exhibited in a New York gallery, is an outlier among Thai artists. The 47-year-old did not graduate from any art school -- neither Poh Chang or Silpakorn University, the most respected training grounds for local artists. His works have never been displayed in a local museum or gallery. Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC) turned down his proposal for an exhibition. Private galleries did the same. The only show he had was a brief display at Amarin Plaza, a shopping mall.

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    Sermon festival in Roi Et

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/03/2016

    » The annual Bun Phawes (Phra Vessantara Sermon Listening) tradition will take place this weekend on an island in the middle of the Bung Phalanchai swamp in Muang district of Roi Et province. The tradition is held in the fourth lunar month every year as part of the Heet 12, Khong 14 (12 Traditions, 14 Norms) of the Northeast. Phra Vessantara was the Lord Buddha's most recent previous life, which was devoted to giving.

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