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Phin Pia

Phin Phia, Pia, Phia

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The musician is playing Phin Pia.
(c) ONCC


Phin pia is a kind of plucked string instrument. The musician moves the instrument away from his bare chest or holds it tightly in order to produce different tones of sound.


Reasons for selection

Phin pia is a distinguished performance of Northern Thailand. Nowadays there are few musicians playing this instrument.


Area where performed

Northern part of Thailand


Essential elements of the performing art

Music


Detailed explanation

Phin pia or phin phia, also known as pia or phia, is a kind of plucked string instrument. The body is made of coconut shell. When an instrument is played, the open part of the coconut is held against the bare chest of the player who may have it away from his chest or hold it tightly, depending upon the tone of sound desired.

In the old days, it was played by young men who wandered about the village in the evening courting girls. Nowadays there are few musicians playing this instrument.


Publication and textual documentation

ONCC, ed. Exhibition on Thai Musical Instruments.
Bangkok: ONCC. In Thai and in English.


Audio documentation

no information at present


Visual documentation

no information at present


Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

Ministry of Culture
Somdej Phra Pin Klao Road, Bangplad, Bangkok 10700, Thailand, Tel: 66-2248-5850, Fax: 66-2248-5841
E-mail: onccthailand@yahoo.com
http://www.m-culture.go.th

Office of the National Culture Commission
Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Tel : 66-2247-0013, Fax : 66-2248-5840
e-mail: onccthailand@yahoo.com
http://www.culture.go.th


Data provider

Ms. Sudhasinee Vajrabul
Director, External Cultural Relations Division
The Office of the National Culture Commission
Address: 4 Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320, Thailand

(Revised in July 2004)
Ms. Darunee Thamapodol
External Relations Division, Ministry of Culture
4th Floor, ONCC Bldg., Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand