Khon is one of the most influential traditional performing arts of Thailand and has survived to this very day side by side with a variety of other traditional Eastern theatre practices, such as Noh theatre, Beijing Opera and Kathakali drama. These Eastern theatre traditions have inspired many internationally renowned artists such as Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine and Eugenio Barba to develop their own unique style and innovative theatrical vocabulary at the international level. Most Khon performances feature episodes from the Hindu Ramayana, the epic tale of Prince Rama and his wife Sita, and the struggle between good and evil. Current Khon performances present episodes from the Ramakian, the Thai version of Ramayana that was composed by the court poet of King Rama I in 1798. To create his version, King Rama I collected sources from all the available materials that had survived since the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767.
Hun Lakorn Lek (Thai Puppet) is an imitation of Hun Yai (The Great Puppet) figure in all configurations and aspects such as size, shape, and decoration. It differs from Hun Yai merely in the way the puppeteers control the puppet and movement styles of the puppeteers. Hun Lakorn Lek is a newly created performing art by Master Krae Sapthavanich. He had left behind 30 puppets which are now on display at the open museum of Muang Boran in Samut Prakarn. Hun Lakorn Lek’s fate had been enriched again when Master Sakorn Youngkhiewsod, widely known as Joe Louis, and his troupe bring it back to life.
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