Play celebrates 600th anniversary of Lanna King Tilokarat
Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai, center,
President of the Chiang Mai Cultural Council, presides over the opening
ceremony of the play to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Lanna King
Tilokarat and the 45th anniversary of the Faculty of Humanities at Chiang
Mai University. The ceremony was held at Wat Ched Yod on November 13 and the
production will be shown from December 10-12, at the Faculty of Humanities
Building on the main campus of Chiang Mai University.
Together with the Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Humanities,
Chiang Mai city is producing a play based on the life of King Tilokarat in
celebration of the 600th anniversary of his reign and the 45th anniversary
of the Humanities Department. King Tilokarat was the strongest of the Lanna
Kings, expanding the Kingdom, and building and restoring many notable
temples. In 1477, he called a Buddhist Council or the Great International
Tripitaka Council at Photharamma havihan’s temple (Wat Jed Yod).
The production will be shown from December 10-12 and tickets are available
at The Center of Academic Services of Humanities Chiang Mai University,
053-942308. Or Robinson department store, 053-203640-59.
Actors, in costume, take part in a ceremony in
honor of King Tilokarat
in front of the pagoda that contains one of his relics.
(Left) The actors from the play based on the
life of King Tilokarat. The play is being held to celebrate the 600th
anniversary of his reign and Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Humanities
45th anniversary and will run from December 10 to 12.
Time to get out your binoculars!
Bird Watching in Chiang Mai
by Mike Gilman
By way of self introduction and in expectation of future
bird-watching forays, some personal background knowledge might be of
interest for Chiang Mai Mail readers to more fully understand and perhaps
share my deep rooted interest in the pleasurable, naturalistic pursuit of
bird-watching, of which Thailand has much to offer.
out your binoculars for bird watching in Chiang Mai
Tucked away in North Staffordshire, England, is the quiet and rural
landscaped village of Stockton Brook. Set in a green wooded valley and
surrounded by hilly farm land, the area has changed little in recent years.
It’s once busy railway station and single line track are sadly no longer
used. In the 17th century horse drawn long boats carrying coal, ceramics and
other commodities used the James Brindley canal, which was cut through the
heart of the village. Today, walkers, artists,anglers and pleasure boats
enjoy the waterway’s romantic locations.
The word ‘Brook’, in the village name derives from a stony stream which
divides the 1st, and 18th holes on the local golf course. Errant shots
usually roll into the clear, silent brook, with unplayable lies. Yet another
score-card ruined. This tranquil arena and wild life habitat was my
backyard, the place where my two brothers and I were born, and enjoyed a
most happy childhood.
My parents home had gardens which backed onto the golf course, brook and
canal, it’s location realised an abundance of bird life. As well as everyday
garden species, Herons, Hawks, Kingfishers and Woodpeckers were
commonplace. Their ornithological knowledge and enthusiasm whet my novice
birding appetite, which in due course formed an ingrained rooted interest.
rendering of a white throated kingfisher
My father, a businessman, and my mother, an accomplished ballerina, had a
passion for music. They also loved the outdoors, and often took us walking,
both locally and further afield. The volumes of books in our home can best
be remembered as the ‘classics’, and ‘naturalistic’. Whether digesting
Tolstoy, Kipling, Hardy, or the diverse ornithology collection, they all
made good reading, especially the latter ones, with their many coloured bird
From an early age the Hoopoe (nok ga rang hua kwaan) (’#0#2+1'’2’)
bird has always stayed in my memory. This unique species,with its’ pink
colour and head crest shape, always reminded me of the Native Americans’
feathered headdresses. For the first time, and by good fortune, this bird
was seen feeding several times by my wife and I at Hua Hin, four months ago.
Simply amazing, and unforgettable.
The Welsh island of Anglesey was a favourite family holiday destination.
This island boasts a famous lighthouse, South Stack, completed in 1809. Here
sheer cliffs and huge swells are a bird watchers paradise. More than four
hundred steps take visitors down to a narrow bridge, which, providing the
winds are not too strong, enable them to more closely photograph the birds,
and the vertical beamed-flashing tower.
This outdoor pursuit is a wonderful legacy from my parents, their foresight
cannot be understated. Indeed, my twin brother and I still use the
binoculars as given by them, on the occasion of our 21st birthdays.
Coming to the present day, the bird depicted within the title’s artwork is
a species of the Kingfisher family. It seems appropriate to conclude this
article by telling you about the White Throated Kingfisher. (nok kra
ten ock kow) (’#[email protected]’-2')
Our daily route takes us alongside paddy fields and an assortment of ponds.
Whilst Thailand boasts up to 14 species of Kingfisher, to date we have only
seen three. The Common,(nok kra ten noy tam ma
daa) (’#[email protected]”I-”‘##!—2), Blue Eared, (nok kra ten noy lang cee nam
ngun) (’#[email protected]”I-”+%1*5’[email protected]’), and the White Throated. Of these, the
most frequently seen and heard is the 27cm long White Throated. It’s
chocolate coloured head and neck contrast well with it’s white throat and
breast. In good light the long, strong, red bill is clearly seen. This tool
is put to expert use on it’s fishing sprees, when it becomes a lethal
weapon. To avoid the aquatic snack from getting stuck in it’s throat, fish
are swallowed head first, one of nature’s wonders. The voice is a piercing
staccato laugh, which can be heard at a distance, and in flight the
turquoise / blue plumage easily identifies the family.
Enjoy the gifts of nature.