The Embassy of Thailand and National Council for Culture Arts and Letters organized Thai Cultural Nights on Tuesday 4th February at Dasma Theatre and Wednesday 5th February at National Museum Theatre. Yesterday, we had the wonderful opportunity to see a splendid performance by the Thai Cultural Troupe of Bunditpattanasilapa Institute, Ministry of Culture Thailand. The program lasted for an hour, and I must say, we enjoyed every moment of it. Outside the auditorium, was a Thai handcrafts demonstration that displayed Praewa silk, fruit and vegetable carving called Chang Khruang Sot and hand made and hand painted bamboo umbrellas besides a lot of handcrafts from Thailand. As we were leaving, I was given a carved and sculpted orange melon that looked like a big rose.
The performances included:
Khon : Episode of Rama in Pursuit of a Golden Deer, Abduction of Sita followed by episode, Royal Combat
Fon Phang : Performers held a pair of candles while dancing
Long-Tai : meaning 'to travel southwards' that highlighted southern culture, traditions, lifestyle and professions.
Fon Pootai : Local dance of the ethnic minority group of Pootai
Dung Krong Dung Sak : Rain dance from the north eastern province of Roi Et
Short Stick Fighting : a form of Thai martial arts
Serng Pong Lang : dance performance to the lively music, Ponglang