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