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The Nohra 's distinguished costume and dance movement.
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The Nohra performance has been based on the tale of Prince Sunthon and the bird maiden Manohra. The stress is more on dance movement.

Reasons for selection

Nohra is the folk performance that is most popular in the Southern Thailand.

Area where performed

Southern part of Thailand

Essential elements of the performing art

Music, Dance, Theatre

Detailed explanation

This is the most important of the Southern traditional performing arts, and has also been a mainspring of Thai dramatic art for several hundred years.
Originally, the cast were all male but now female cast have been included. The main literature of the play is Phra Suthon and Nang Manohra only excerpts of which are performed. The stress is more on dance movement and scripts than the story. Nowadays, other stories are also performed.
The Nohra is performed on a covered stage of about 4x4 or 4.5x4.5 meters. The platform is raised (originally the performance was on the ground)and curtained.

Publication and textual documentation

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

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 :

Fine Arts Department
Ministry of Culture
Na Prathat Rd., Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel : 66-2221-6534, Fax : 66-2225-9097

Office of the National Culture Commission
Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Tel : 66-2247-0013, Fax : 66-2248-5840
e-mail :

Data provider

Ms. Sudhasinee Vajrabul
Director, External Cultural Relations Division
The Office of the National Culture Commission
Address: 4 Ratchadaphisek Road, Huay-Khwang, 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