By Chris Baker and Pasuk PhongpaichitThis is a blog about the Thai epic, The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen, our English translation published by Silkworm Books in November 2010, the history of the tale, and related matters. The blog was started in 2010, but went missing in late 2013. Here we are restoring the site. Posts here dated October 2016 originally appeared in 2012-3. The restored versions are sometimes slightly modified.
Category Archives: Performances
In May 2012, an adapted version of the exhibition for our KCKP launch was installed in the National Museum in Suphanburi, the cradle of the poem. To launch the expedition, the museum held a whole-day event. I was asked to … Continue reading
We have been to several academic events related to KCKP. They all have one thing in common: there is some serious academic stuff, and then there is some fun. I don’t think there is another Thai literary work where this … Continue reading
For the launch, we had an exhibition at the Jim Thompson Gallery. We we’re grandly described as the “curators” of this rather lovely event.
On 11 June 2011, Noppakhun Sudprasert from the College of Dramatic Arts, Mahidol University, gave a sepha recitation at the Jim Thompson Art Center, helped by his colleague, Watit Duriangkul, and a team of three dancers.
In oral tradition, where a story is recited for entertainment and passed on by word of mouth, performers constantly adjust the story to give their own slant and to please the audience. When Prince Damrong published a standard edition of … Continue reading
On 4-6 February 2011, Walailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat hosted a series of events themed on KCKP, masterminded by Professor Cholthira Satyawadhna, dean of arts. I doubt if anything similar has happened earlier, or will ever happen again.