Chamnian Thongma exposition at Gongdee Gallery
The former Chiang Mai deputy governor, Uthai Nakpreecha
presided at Gongdee Gallery Chiang Mai for the opening ceremony of the
Painting & Drawing exhibition by Chamnian Thongma. The event was also
notable for its local entertainment, such as candle lighting, umbrella
dances, ka ling kala bird dances, Thai boxing dances, and Thai instrumental
Chamnian Thongma said his paintings and drawings are
conceptual work about the past and thanked guests for their attendance.
Former deputy governor Uthai added that art is most
interesting, and Chiang Mai has many diverse art forms, even umbrella
painting which can be very beautiful.
The Chamnian’s exhibition of oil on canvas features very different
items from the artist’s past, such as old abandoned houses, shop houses,
buildings, wooden houses, roads, dogs, cats, an old man, bicycle, children,
warehouse, factory, and a food and drink shop, all most impressive. These
works reflect the past that has left only happiness, sadness, relationships,
beliefs, loneliness, isolated life and other emotions.
musicians played traditional Thai music in the background, beautiful young
women performed the time-honored umbrella dance.
at the ceremony were treated to exceptional performances.
traditional dance show was performed before the opening ceremony.
the paintings displayed at the Gongdee Gallery.
women performing traditional candlelight dances were a highlight of the
Chiang Mai deputy governor, Uthai Nakpreecha (center left) and artist
Chamnian Thongma (center right) cut the ribbon amongst honored guests and
musicians playing traditional instruments added an “ancient air” to the
Thai folk drama
performances held at CMIS
Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) was treated to a
special performance of a traditional Thai likae drama on Wednesday, October
29. The drama was presented by the Christian Communications Institute (CCI)
of Payap University, which uses traditional Thai music and dance forms to
convey messages of truth, social responsibility and Christian faith.
The colorful and often humorous likae told the story of
Soi Suksomboon (“the lane of perfect happiness”) where a poor man, not
having eaten for three days, asks for food from people who pass by. The
soi’s well-meaning residents offer to pray for the hungry man or protest
the injustice of his poverty, but fail to realize that what the man needed
most was food.
Finally a simple girl selling flowers sees the old man
and offers him food and a place to rest. Based on the Biblical story of the
“Good Samaritan,” the likae challenged society to care for the needy
with action and not just talk.
Research suggests that the likae style, which is thought
to have roots in the Jewish culture, made its way to Thailand after being
adapted and developed by Islamic cultures of South Asia, Indonesia and
Malaysia. In the mid-1800’s likae was the most popular form of
entertainment in Thailand.
The CCI production incorporated spoken dialogue,
traditional style singing and musical instruments, dancing and bright
costumes. Touches of modern Thailand were also evident in the production
(one character answers a call on his mobile phone, for example), which gave
the story a universal or timeless quality. CCI Director Rob Collins is a
parent of a student at Chiang Mai International School and was on hand to
introduce the performance and provide translation in English.
CMIS was pleased to welcome about 30 students from Nakorn
Payap International School (NIS) to this event, along with parents and
wealthy couple only talk about social change without doing anything to help.
passer-by offers to protest injustice on behalf of a hungry man, but does
not offer him any food!
offers to pray for a hungry man, but does not offer him any food!
Director (and CMIS parent) Rob Collins was on-hand to provide an English
translation of the story.
on her way to a social welfare committee meeting carries a basket of fruit
but does not think to offer any to a hungry man.
whole CCI cast after the performance.
A sparkling event crystallizes in Chiang Mai
A.C.D. Thailand presented its Crystela range
A.C.D. Thailand (Asia Crystal Decor Thailand) markets its
exclusive products in Thailand under the name Crystela. Last week at the
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai, Crystela introduced their new products to the
North with the help of Siam Royal Orchid. Josef Aigner, the MD of A.C.D.
also gave an insight into crystal manufacturing, explaining that more than
30,000 classic crystals are used daily on different pieces.
to R) Saroj Ratanavadi, MD Chiang Mai Malting and his elegant wife Ajarn
Sunanta from the Department of Fine Arts CMU; Danai Leosawathiphong,
managing director of Siam Royal Orchid, Michael Jacobsen, sales account
executive of Crystela; Josef Aigner, managing director of A.C.D. Thailand,
Mrs Arkarachinores, and her husband, Pravit Arkarachinores, Hon. Austrian
A.C.D. Thailand was the first company in the world to
adopt the Swarovski Pointiage system for its manufacture of crystal
articles, and designs unique products for individual clients or limited
batches for retail outlets. The ‘Pointiage System’ is based on new
specialized adhesives and it is now possible to place colored crystals on
almost every hard surface.
know Swarovski for its crystal animals, and one of those animals make up
another Swarovski line, unique crystal covered handicrafts like this
And that was what the evening was all about - to show
what could be done today with the former vision of Swarovski founder Daniel
more than 100 years ago. In Chiang Mai there are many artists who are eager
to design and experiment with the technique.
Thailand invented its own product range in 2000, registered as Crystela.
Pravit Arkarachinores, the Hon. Austrian Consul in Chiang
Mai, said he felt sure that A.C.D. Thailand, Crystela and the Austrian
Swarovski crystals will have a bright and sparkling future in Thailand and
could even become a new OTOP product.
Danai Leosawathiphong, MD Royal Orchid Collection, said Thailand was
chosen as a manufacturing centre as it has an aesthetic and creative base
unrivalled by other countries. The beautiful glistening temples of Thailand
are testament to this fact and he has no doubt that the culture of the north
and the knowledge of the Lanna artists will make this product an even bigger
Vice-Governor Prinya Panthong showed interest in the Crystela products and
Josef Aigner, managing director of A.C.D. Thailand, provided him with
information about Crystela and Swarovski.
shining pieces of jewelry were as beautiful and glittering as the eight
THAI links Chiang Mai to Taipei and Hong Kong
Another spoke in the aviation hub
Michael and Marion Vogt
On October 28, Thai Airways International (THAI)
inaugurated its direct route between Taipei-Hong Kong-Chiang Mai-Bangkok.
Chaiwat Chanapai, THAI’s vice president, western sales & distribution,
said that the new route has been introduced in accordance with the
government’s policy to turn Chiang Mai into the northern aviation hub of
Thailand. He was very confident that this would happen and THAI, as the flag
carrier, is proud to bring Chiang Mai to the world.
The new flight from Taipei-Hong Kong-Chiang Mai-Bangkok
will be operated three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
utilizing Airbus 330-300 aircraft.
After the first Airbus had landed the passengers were
showered with blossoms, and Suwat Tantipat, the governor of Chiang Mai
welcomed the passengers.
Governor Suwat said he spoke on behalf of the Chiang Mai
people and thanked THAI for their support in developing Chiang Mai. He said,
“THAI’s operation into Chiang Mai will help to increase the number of
tourists visiting the province and promote tourism, trade and cultural
exchange. I hope that all of you will take good memories of Chiang Mai and
Thailand back to your respective homelands and help promote our country to
THAI also plans to open new air links between Chiang Mai and major cities
in the neighboring countries of Singapore, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh,
India, and Taiwan.
were showered with blossoms on arrival.
to Chiang Mai!
at the welcoming party were treated to the renowned Chiang Mai hospitality.
Chanapai, THAI’s vice president, western sales & distribution said
that the new route should help turn Chiang Mai into the northern aviation
hub of Thailand.
(L to R)
Chaiwat Chanapai, THAI’s vice president, Suwat Tantipat, the governor of
Chiang Mai and Prakaido Hovatanakul, THAI district sales manager of the
upper northern region.
Witches and Pumpkins and Goblins, Oh My!
Prem Junior School Celebrates Halloween
Last Friday, October 31st, Prem first through fifth
graders donned their scariest costumes and marched through campus in a
lively Halloween Day Parade. Witches and vampires rubbed shoulders with
ladybugs, Spider men and even several Harry Potters.
Students and teachers started off the celebration by
singing a spooky Halloween song in the Junior School. The parade then made
its way to the cafeteria, through the Senior School and the library and then
back again. Everyone was in a festive mood and much cackling-er, or rather
laughter-could be heard throughout the campus.
Even the youngest of participants (Sarah Shadravan’s K1 & 2
classes) enjoyed themselves, bringing up the rear of the parade with a tiger
(Nicholas), two princesses (Sophie and Katinka) and even a fireman
don’t understand completely why we should dress up so scary...”
the princess and Amy, the witch. Amy seems to say: I don’t want to be
scary, I want to be beautiful!
princess and a witch, two good friends.
witches and goblins parade through the school grounds.