Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nang Yai Shadow Puppet

Nang Yai Shadow PuppetsI was lucky to see a performance last year by Wat Khanon at Phra Sumen Fort in Santichai Prakan Public Park‎ on Loy Krathong.  The stage used for Nang Yai perfromances pretty simple, consisting of a white screen held by bamboo poles on each side. The screen was trimmed in red. Behind the screen strands a strong light to reflect the shadows of the leather puppets. During the course of the show there is a Thai music band that plays music in accordance with each episode of the performance.

The video clip attached shows a very short portion of the performance.  All in all the performance was fun and i was glad to get an opportunity to see this ancient art form.

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