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Lakhon Chatri


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A low stool is placed in the middle of the covered space. The performers are generally women, though males in supporting roles can be used sometimes.
(c) ONCC


This traditional performing art is similar to Lakhon Nok but performed without a stage or curtain.


Reasons for selection

Lakhon Chatri is a traditional performing art that is very well known among Thai people.


Area where performed

Central part of Thailand


Essential elements of the performing art

Music, Dance


Detailed explanation

This traditional performing art is similar to the Lakhon Nok but performed without a stage or curtain. A low stool is placed at the middle of the covered space, (which may have been hurriedly constructed)or other suitable place. The performers are generally women, but males in supporting roles can be used sometimes. The music accompaniment is provided by a ranat ek, a pair of klong chatri, a pair of tabs and some percussion such as ching, chab, krab. Other instruments may be added to the above ensemble.

The performers do not sing, only speak their parts. Another performer will do the singing according to the verses spoken by the script reader. The chorus of luk-ku play the krub-ku as an accompaniment. The music includes singing and phleng na-phat, similar to Likay and Lakhon Nok. The tune is the rai. Lakhon Chatri is generally performed as a means of returning a favor granted by sacred beings.


Publication and textual documentation

ONCC and Fine Arts Department, ed.
1999 Thai Performing Arts. In Thai.

YUPHO, Dhanit
1963, The Khon and Lakon.
Bangkok: The Department of Fine Arts. In English


Audio documentation

no information at present


Visual documentation

no information at present


Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

Ministry of Culture
onccthailand@yahoo.com
http://www.m-culture.go.th

Fine Arts Department
http://www.finearts.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