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Lam Tad


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(from left)
- The leading female is singing the main verses.
- Two ram mana are played in accompaniment.
(c) ONCC


Players are divided into two groups, men and women. There are two to three persons in each group who sing a form of verse in which the last word of each second line of the stanza rhymes.


Reasons for selection

It is the traditional performing art of central Thailand.


Area where performed

Central Thailand


Essential elements of the performing art

Music, Dance


Detailed explanation

Players are divided into two groups according to sex; two to three persons in each group. They sing a form of verse in which the last word of each second line of the stanza rhymes. The verses are sung from memory or improvised which requires competence in language. The verses are extemporized with double meaning.

Another group of players, comprising three to four persons, beats the large ram mana (a small gong)in accompaniment. In addition to the Lam Tad tunes, players often incorporate other folk tunes in the course of performance, for instance, Phleng phuang malai and Phleng i-saew. The performance generally begins soon after dusk and lasts until dawn. The performers put on chong kraben and wear old style shirts with colorful flower print.

The leading male and females sing the main verses while the others sing chorus or refrain. It can be performed anywhere, but now has been developed into popular entertainment and a stage is required.


Publication and textual documentation

ONCC, ed. Folk Music and Traditional Performing Arts of Thailand. In Thai and in English.


Audio documentation

Cassette tape


Visual documentation

Video tape (ONCC)


Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

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

Office of the National Culture Commission
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

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