International Thai Boxing held to celebrate Yi Peng
The Rajabhat Institute of Chiang Mai was the venue for
the 6th annual Thai Boxing contests. This show also marked the celebration
of the 80th Anniversary of Rajabhat of Chiang Mai.
Sabudhcai (victory) drum and gongs called the competitors forward to do
(Photo by Phitsanu Thepthong)
The Thai Boxing was not the only entertainment on the
bill, as there was the Thai cultural festival, with the highlight being a
huge Thai hot-air balloon.
The main event was a bout in the 72-73 kg class between
Ram Bongs’ Pimnimit Sitaran and Canadian Alex Richy, who won the title on
Bong (right) and Alex Richy (left) go at it in the ring during the Rajabhat
Institute 6th annual Thai Boxing contests. (Photo by Phitsanu Thepthong)
Other bouts were held between Akhom Dejpunrij and Wong Cheng Yo (from
China), Pornsawan Kiet-Bussaba vs. Jonathan Rudolf (Slovania), Yodchat Veva
Sport Gyms vs. Bleck Tomlinson (New Zealand), and Lom Esan P.M.C. Gyms vs. J
4th Nimmanhaeminda Art and Design Promenade
December 4 -7
As in previous years, the highly
successful Nimmanhaeminda Art and Design Promenade will take place in the
lane adjacent to Chiang Mai’s longest-established first class property,
the Amari Rincome Hotel, from December 4 -7.
Probably the smallest but arguably the best-loved local
fair in Northern Thailand, this effervescent four-day offering of arts,
crafts and entertainment attracts Thais and foreigners in equal measure, and
is aptly described in the words of a Canadian visitor to last year’s
event: “I bought many lovely locally made articles here I had never seen
on sale elsewhere and I did all my shopping and gift buying in a delightful
ambience of local culture, friendly people, and fascinating
participants and helpers after the press conference for this year’s Art
& Design Promenade.
Sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai
Airways International, Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiangmai Mail, Passport
to Suvannaphoum Magazine and Sean Kahm Terrace, around 80 beautifully
decorated booths will line both sides of the small lane, displaying an
alluring array of hand-made high quality products, including ceramics,
furniture, silks, textiles, rattan, bamboo, candles, lamps, jewelry,
paintings, carvings, paper, batik, leather, pewter, silver, and many items
not normally found in traditional tourist outlets.
The annual fair therefore allows visitors to experience
the unique craftsmanship of a large number of Chiang Mai’s small shops,
studios, potteries, galleries and workshops all within a leafy lane less
than 200 meters long, and enhanced by numerous cultural presentations,
fashion shows and concerts.
of the models showing a sample of the upcoming costume jewelry fashion show,
directed by Dr. Troy (Dent. Nawapoomin Chaichompoo) - a breathtaking
Local and international artists give performances that
include dance, drama, puppetry, and piano. Generous prizes add to the
excitement, including free round-trip tickets on THAI Airways to Yangon
(Rangoon) and Luang Prabang.
The opening ceremony, presided over by TAT Governor
Juthamart Siriwan, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday December 4, and
include an exotic Lanna-style show, plus an impressive procession of Buddha
On subsequent days, the fair will operate from 10 a.m. -
10 p.m. until closing on December 7. Adding further to the enjoyment, the
Nimmanhaeminda Art and Design Promenade coincides with the local
celebrations of H.M. the King’s birthday on December 5.
Entrance is free, and the fair is suitable for all ages
and nationalities. Because of the variety of goods for sale, and the high
standard of entertainment, many people enjoy making repeated visits during
the four days of fun-filled festivities.
Muang-Muang Photographic exhibition presented
at Central Airport Plaza
The photographic section of the Faculty of Fine Arts,
Chiang Mai University (CMU) with the cooperation of Central Airport Plaza,
is promoting an exhibition of images to allow viewers to have an opportunity
to appreciate some aspects of Thai arts and culture, with images of Chiang
Mai City, hence the title, Muang-Muang. The display is in the Northern
Village Center of the Central Airport Plaza.
Jirathiwat (3rd right) and Assoc. Prof. Thada Martin (2nd left); the vice
president for Finance and Assets, CMU at the inauguration ceremony of the
Today, the role of photographic art has evolved into our daily life. The
photographs in the exhibition are recording the stories from the past as
well as the present, especially in the context of Chiang Mai City, which has
its own character in art and culture as well as being a tourist center in
the northern area.
Bupa Blue Cross introduces Clinical Excellence Award
CMU garners top award
A team project to improve neonatal results and develop
mother-baby relationships has been honored by a BUPA Blue Cross award. A
pediatric team from the special care medical service center, Chiang Mai
University, won the top sponsorship award of B. 150,000 for their project
which developed management guidelines for mother and baby from pre-marital
counseling to post-natal care. Their work resulted in fewer complications
during childbirth, and enhancing mother and child relationships.
Andrew Vallance-Owen (left) presents the 1st prize award to Dr. Wicharn
Laowittaya, director of special medical service, Chiang Mai University.
The 2nd place award of B. 100,000 was presented to
Theptarin Hospital which developed a diabetes camp to help patients and
their families manage diabetes.
3rd place and winning B 50,000 was Samitivej Srinakarin
Hospital for its project: “Multi-disciplinary approaches to the management
of childhood obesity”.
The money must be used to develop these projects further.
The winners are also expected to share their results with other hospitals
and medical schools in the kingdom.
At the award presentations, Dr. Andrew Vallance-Owen,
BUPA Group medical director, said he was delighted that a complete,
professional roll call of clinical disciplines were participants in this
first ever event in Thailand. He added how happy he was to know that the
panel had chosen such a worthy Thai government teaching hospital this year.
Concluding the ceremony, he said that he believed that
the number of medical institutions entering the Bupa Blue Cross Excellence
Award would grow substantially each year, as Thailand continues to promote
the finest health care possible for its citizens.
Japan takes over Gong Dee Studio
Chiang Mai turned out in force
Chiang Mai has had the privilege to welcome two
world-class musicians, Atsuko Watanabe (violin) and Naoko Kato (piano),
performing at Vichit’s treasure cove (Gong Dee Studio). The organizers
were indeed pleasantly surprised that almost all seats were taken. Speaking
on their behalf, Hagen Dirksen, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of
Germany, expressed his delight over Chiang Mai’s response to the sometimes
ambitious undertakings to organize a not so mainstream event.
Hikotaro Yazaki, conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and honorary
conductor at the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, his wife Atsuko, and Naoko
after the successful concert.
In his opening address, Japanese Consul Saburo Sato said
how proud he was that two musicians from his own country had found their way
to Chiang Mai, after having enjoyed praise for their recent concert in
Bangkok, which was honored by the presence of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana.
Violinist Atsuko Watanabe is a graduate from the Tokyo
National University of Fine Arts and Music, and a member of numerous
national orchestras world-wide. Besides her classical and romantic
repertoires, she also introduces a number of Japanese and French
contemporary works in her concerts and recitals, and she is noted for her
incredibly full and rich sound, which seems as if she is playing more than
Pianist Naoko Kato received a Bachelor’s degree in
Japan, and her Masters degree in Chicago, both in Piano Performance. She is
an accomplished performer and one can enjoy her presentations at the Bangkok
Opera, as well as the Bangkok Community Theater.
Together, they have established a reputation of being
totally synchronized, which was immediately obvious from the first piece of
the evening. Japanese composers were also featured, including Tore Takemitsu
and Tokuhide Niimi.
The evening ended with Hon. Consul Hagen Dirksen presenting a donation of
60,000 baht to Nareumol Panthong, wife of Chiang Mai’s vice governor,
which included the proceeds and private donations towards the Center for
Mentally Retarded Children.
Music in the garden Sunday matinee
Floating the flautist concept
Ajarn Xavier Pitijet Vichitporn, music
director, and Duangtida Dilokwutisit, the GM of Baan Chulasai announced
regular Sunday Music in the Garden matinees. Baan Chulasai is situated in
the middle of the city, with a huge garden and a teakwood house over 80
Xavier Pitijet Vichitporn, music director at Baan Chulasai and Ajarn Annette
George from the music department of Payap University during their flute
The first Sunday matinee performance was a flute duet
performed by Ajarn Xavier and his special guest, Ajarn Annette George from
the Music Department at Payap University who played pieces by Heinrich
These music matinees are reaching out to the community
who enjoy art, culture and music as a pleasant way to spend Sunday
afternoons. 10 percent of the 180 baht admission fee (which includes tea,
coffee, sandwiches and brownies) will be donated to scholarships for
deprived or handicapped children to allow them to study at Baan Chualasai.
Some may feel with external influences and technology,
that the making of traditional crafts has been lost or forgotten in the rush
to meet world market demands. Not so, as many Thai talents are proving
design leadership sanctioned by watchful world eyes.
While some Asian countries are concentrating on
mass-producing trinkets, Thailand is rapidly becoming known worldwide for
its strength in well-designed, distinctive products. Vision and tradition
are brilliantly blended in contemporary concepts at many Thai companies. The
contemporary relies on traditional skills, while established skills are
enhanced by modern interpretations.
Gallery & Tea Room - trendy stoneware.
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s major northern city and area,
boasts an amazing amount of gifted craftspeople. In days of yore, the old
capitol of Lanna (land of one million rice fields) remained in isolation due
to its hilly terrain. Even after access by railroad appeared in 1921, the
long journey seemed prohibitive to many travellers from Bangkok and other
points southward. Western and urban influences were minimal and villages
such as Sankampaeng noted for its celadon and Ban Tawai woodcarvers and
furniture makers continued their traditions of fine craftsmanship as they
had known it.
Locally found clay fashioned water jugs with simple
decoration, homespun cottons woven into basic blankets and clothing coloured
with natural dyes were produced by craftspeople with little thought of
artistic value, prefacing function before form. These traditions still hold
true today. Made also as souvenirs, supplementary income results, preserving
traditions of rural life in contemporary times.
Glass - glassware for modern living.
“Despite the immensity and magnetism of Bangkok,
despite the phenomenal growth of provincial capitals in recent years, modern
Thailand remains predominantly a country of rural villages, where the great
majority of its 60 million people derive a living from some form of
agriculture. There are regional differences, of course, some of them
significant, but it is at this level that one discovers the essential Thai
social values and also its most enduring crafts,” states William Warren
and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni aptly in their book Arts and Crafts of Thailand.
Add to the already concisely sorted time-honoured
crafting techniques - younger trendy minds, having experienced urban life,
design schools or perhaps time abroad observing Western wants, and behold -
explosive cutting edge designs. Still functional but fresh - the emergence
of craft as art. Absolutely astonishingly endless ideas.
Retail, wholesale and export shoppers can choose from
traditional handicrafts to an ever-changing, expanding array of skilfully
crafted contemporary pieces including ceramics, textiles, clothing, soft
furnishings, basketry, jewellery, furniture, metal ware and paper. All
suitable for home, office and gift giving. It is a world constantly
awakening to finely designed and executed works of art.
Time-honoured heritage and innovation brought together -
balanced in their own strengths of beauty and style. Traditionally
contemporary, perfectly blended.
For further information, contact Serendipity Designs Co.,
Ltd., the publisher of Art & Culture - South, Art & Culture - Lanna
and coming soon - Art & Culture - Bangkok. The definitive guides to
studios, shops and special places. Chiang Mai Branch: Art & Culture,
Serendipity Designs Co., Ltd., Micro Genesis Building, 14/1 Soi 17, 3rd
Floor, Nimmanhaemin Road, T. Suthep, Muang Chiang Mai 50200, tel. 053 894
910, fax: 053 894 911, Tew: 09 866 4012, Sasikarn (Mam), email:
Website: ArtandCulture Asia.com