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  • LIFE

    Narongrit to premier new Asean-inspired piece

    Life, Tretip Kamolsiri, Published on 19/07/2016

    » This Thursday, composer Narongrit Dhamabutra will premier his new piece, Quintet For The Spirits Of Asean, to be performed by the top-notch musicians of the Pro Musica Ensemble. The performance, open to the public free of charge, will take place at 6pm at the Music Hall, Art and Culture Building at Chulalongkorn University.

  • THAILAND

    Letting go of unhealthy foods

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/07/2016

    » Every day, Phra Pisit Siriwathatano would leave his temple at dawn to conduct a daily alms round in his neighbourhood of Nonthaburi. Taking about two hours, the monk later returned to the monastery with a full alms bowl and a large sack filled with food offerings from Buddhist laymen and laywomen. Sometimes, people would also visit the temple to offer lunch to him and other monks.

  • LIFE

    Dance, theatre and economics

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 23/06/2016

    » The title of French director and playwright Pascal Rambert's performance A (Micro) History Of World Economics, Danced (titled in Thai as Kin Yoo Kue) to be staged at Chulalongkorn University's Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts until Saturday as part of La Fête, is self-explanatory, yet also baffling.

  • LIFE

    Going through the grieving process

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 09/06/2016

    » On the Thai stage, we rarely get to see domestic scenes with nuanced emotional conflicts. No sooner does tension begin to form than it is resolved by a comedic means. In our everyday life, too, Thais prefer to avoid discussion of our emotions. Most Thais don't spend hours in therapy sessions every week. Our first instinct is not to seek out professional help to fix our psychological health.

  • LIFE

    A move westward

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 27/05/2016

    » Thai graphic artists have carved out their share of fame, and new creators keep cropping up now that they can test the popularity of their craft online. Illustrators and witty individuals begin by showcasing their works, jokes and ideas on Facebook, achieving substantial commercial success in the process. Notable success stories of the past few years include Bear Girlfriend, Jay The Rabbit, Maa Jaa (Dog Please), Manee Mee Share and Money Fighter, with each page amassing hundreds of thousands, even millions, of likes.

  • LIFE

    Cool Thailand?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/04/2016

    » It is only with reference to J-pop or K-pop that we have a clue as to what the word "T-pop" could possibly mean: an attempt at cultural export -- film, music and other forms of entertainment -- to create a "Thai brand" of cool. It's better late than never, so the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently launched a campaign, with Thai star Mario Maurer as the presenter, with the aim to boost tourism in Thailand and expand the entertainment market in China.

  • LIFE

    The sweet life

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/04/2016

    » Desserts are a form of culture. They are more than just food since they mirror history and civilisations. In some countries, desserts were even used to save cities from invaders, such as when the Chinese put secret messages for their allies inside moon cakes during wartime. In various cultures, desserts are integral to religious ceremonies, rituals and festivities and also symbolise friendship.

  • LIFE

    Scala doc to open film festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/03/2016

    » Our cinematic monument of majesty, the last palatial cinema house in town, the Scala on Siam Square stands alone in defiance and melancholy as a remnant of a different era. As its fate -- the spectre of eventual demolition -- keeps popping up in the news every few years, the movie house is now the subject of a documentary film. The Scala, directed by Aditya Assarat, is part of a pan-Asia ensemble called The Power Of Asian Cinema that will screen as the opener of the 6th Salaya International tomorrow.

  • LIFE

    Spinning a traditional yarn

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 06/04/2016

    » A blue cotton yarn hangs outside a wooden house in the small village of Ban Na Di in Sakon Nakhon province. The blue is made with khram, or indigo, in a long-lost dyeing process that was brought back to life by Praphaiphan Daengchai, 63, about two decades ago.

  • TRAVEL

    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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