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  • OPINION

    'Khon' dance no reason for discord

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/12/2018

    » Members of the public this week rejoiced as the <i>khon</i> mask dance earned global recognition with Unesco adding it to its cultural heritage list after a long wait.

  • OPINION

    Intangible heritage stands up to scrutiny

    News, Published on 15/12/2018

    » The recent 2018 inscriptions of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) on Unesco Lists has raised again global awareness about variations of masked dance in Southeast Asia, which retell the story of Rama, the Vishnu-reincarnated king who defeats the demon king Ravana.

  • OPINION

    Shared items with no sole 'owner'

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/09/2018

    » Over the past weeks, social media has buzzed with a number of Khmer netizens jittering over Thailand's registration of khon masked dance performance as intangible cultural heritage with Unesco.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Where cultures converge

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 20/11/2018

    » It's the time of year again for the Friends of the Arts Foundation to bring dance companies from around the world to delight Thai audiences and also inspire young talents and professional artists.

  • NEWS

    Doing a dance with his princely status

    Spectrum, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 01/05/2016

    » Karandeep Singh Sahib became an instant celebrity after local media publicised the visit of "the Prince of Dholpur" to Thailand.

  • NEWS

    The return of royal khon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/09/2018

    » The wait is over for the return of the annual khon masked dance. The much-loved performance by the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (Support Foundation) of HM Queen Sirikit under the Reign of King Rama IX will make a comeback at the Thailand Cultural Centre from Nov 3 until Dec 5, this time featuring an episode called The Allegiance Of Phiphek.

  • NEWS

    Taking khon's intangible cultural appeal to Unesco

    News, Published on 29/05/2016

    » Thailand has proposed the traditional khon masked dance, known for its elegant costumes and versed dialogues, for inclusion on Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Behind the Thai mask

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 15/08/2014

    » Three men wearing white shirts and red jongkraben (traditional Thai trousers) are practising their khon dance performance in a classroom. From afar they look like your typical Thai masked dance experts, as their posture and movements are smooth and delicate. On closer inspection, however, you may notice something, or someone, out of place, at least according to popular perception. One of the dancers is 30-year-old Canadian Benjamin Tardif.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Performing arts for the royal funeral

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/10/2017

    » On the grounds of Sanam Luang this Thursday, dancers will dance, puppeteers will weave their magic and singers will croon sad songs. This is the time of mourning, but there is a centuries-old tradition of the royal court to host festivities on the occasion of a royal funeral. A wide range of majestic performances will grace the stages from 6pm on the royal cremation day until early the following morning.

  • LIFESTYLE

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    Muse, Published on 05/05/2018

    » MUSIC &amp; DANCE

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