Khon – A traditional Thai masked drama – is to be performed at Cicada Market from July to December to honor and extol His Majesty the King and celebrate his 84th birthday anniversary on the 5th of December this year.
According to Mr. Chanat Pongtharathik, the marketing director of Cicada Market, this performance aims not only to express gratitude to the beloved king of Thai people who has for a long time constantly dedicated time to develop the country, but also preserve national performing art and make it famous among younger generations.
One of the most exquisite performing art of Thailand, Khon usually alludes the Indian mythology named, ‘Ramayana,’ of which the story revolves around the great battle between Phra Ram, a Brahman god in disguise as a human being, and Thossakan, a giant monster who has ten faces and twenty hands. This story symbolizes the fight between good and bad, in which the former always wins the latter.
Lasting for almost 6 months, the event in September will take place on the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th and feature the episode of Hanuman – a clever monkey soldier of Phra Ram – who fools Thossakan by working for him. On the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of October, there will be the episode on Thossakan casting Phiphek – his brother – away from his kingdom. The episode on Hanuman’s volunteering will be performed on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of November. The last episode – Hanuman derides Thossakan by showing his heart case – will take place on the 4th of December. All episodes, which are free for everyone, will start at 7 p.m.
Visitors can go to Cicada Market and enjoy the traditional dramatic performance of Thailand according to the schedule above. For further information, please contact 032 536 606 or 081 880 4004.