via Bangkok Post, 15 December 2018: A friend from Unesco Bangkok pens this opinion piece about the inscription of the masked Khon dances from Cambodia and Thailand into the Intagible Cultural Heritage list.
That said, what is most interesting in the value of masked dance about Ramayana is not how beautiful they are as art forms, or how they are made prize possessions of countries in the nomination process. Instead, they are most interesting as local traditions that are still viable to many different communities across the region, so all of them practise and pass on the skills and passion to the next generation. These masked dance variations have survived until today, thanks to the stewardship of local community
Source: Intangible heritage stands up to scrutiny | Bangkok Post: opinion
via Bangkok Post, 29 November 2018: Along with Cambodia, Thailand’s Khon dance is also listed in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Source: Bangkok Post, 29 November 2018
Unesco has listed Thai khon as intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage agreed to officially list Thailand’s khon masked dance drama as intangible cultural heritage on Thursday.
Mr Vira credited the success to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s contribution to preserve and improve the art.
Source: Unesco lists ‘khon’ as cultural heritage | Bangkok Post: lifestyle
via Khmer Times, 29 November 2018: Cambodia’s Lkhon Khol is listed in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Thailand also intends to list its version of the dance.
Lkhon Khol. Source: Khmer Times, 20181129
Unesco yesterday added Cambodia’s Lkhon Khol on its list of “intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding” during an annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the island nation of Mauritius.
Prime Minister Hun Sen then praised the move on Facebook.
“The decision by the committee is a big national pride,” Mr Hun Sen said. “It happened because of efforts by the government, local artists, civil society and encouragement from the public, which brought us successful results.”
Source: Unesco recognises Lkhon Khol – Khmer Times