- The leading female is singing the main verses.
- Two ram mana are played in accompaniment.
It is the traditional performing art of central Thailand.
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.
ONCC, ed. Folk Music and Traditional Performing Arts of Thailand. In Thai and in English.
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