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    Thai Khon now listed with UNESCO as ‘intangible heritage of humanity’



    Thai khon drama, or the ‘masked dance’ drama, is now listed as an ‘intangible heritage of humanity’ by UNESSCO.
    On the ceremony yesterday, UNESCO also listed Cambodia’s khon drama as an intangible heritage of humanity.
    Reacting to UNESCO’s decision, Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha posted in his Facebook page that he was pleased with the decision and he credited this achievement to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit for her contributions to preserve and promote this traditional art form.
    Cultural Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said UNESCO’s 13th session of Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage had decided to officially list the Thai khon masked dance drama as intangible cultural heritage.
    To celebrate this success, the Culture Ministry planned to hold a special khon drama performance on December 3-4 at the National Cultural Centre of Thailand. Khon performances are also planned in other parts of the country to honor HM the Queen for her contributions to the cultural art.
    Other plans in the ministry’s pipeline include an animation picture of the Ramaya epic’s Ramavatan episode to be shown in theatres across the country and dissemination of information on various aspects of khon drama as well as publication of a book on khon and exhibition of the crafting of the masks by artisans.
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    Thailand’s masked dance drama ‘Khol’ now on UNESCO cultural heritage list

    Lakhon Khol was recently listed by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency, as an intangible cultural heritage, along with neighbouring Thailand’s version of the dance, known as Khon.


    Cambodia’s centuries-old tradition of masked dance Lakhon Khol was nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge’s “Killing Fields” regime but a handful of artists managed to keep it alive and are now working to pass it along to a new generation. (Reuters)

    Lakhon Khol was recently listed by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency, as an intangible cultural heritage, along with neighbouring Thailand’s version of the dance, known as Khon. (Reuters)

    There are different variations in Southeast Asia, all featuring dancers wearing elaborate painted masks depicting the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic poem in which a prince rescues his wife from a demon with help from an army of monkeys. (Reuters)


    But in Cambodia, the art form is still struggling to recover from the Khmer Rouge, under whose genocidal 1975-79 rule at least 1.7 million people, including artists, dancers and writers, died, mostly from starvation, overwork, disease, execution or torture. (Reuters)

    Thailand’s version of the dance has fared better than its neighbour’s, but practitioners still depend on recruiting a new generation of performers. (Reuters)

    Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Phoeurng Sackona, said that the dance needed immediate preservation and urged all people to get involved. (Reuters)


    Each mask takes a month to produce, from moulding the plaster to drawing the intricate details. (Reuters)

    Ahead of a recent rehearsal, students stretched their legs and hands at the troupe’s a newly built theatre at Wat Svay Andet, a Buddhist temple outside the capital, Phnom Penh. (Reuters)

    Thailand’s Khon tradition, originally centred on the royal court, is now taught by many schools and universities. (Reuters)



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