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Rajasthani folk artists visit Chiang Mai

The troupe of performers from Rajasthan join Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal (3rd right) and his wife Kalpana (5th right)

By Shana Kongmun
In a fantastic display of musicianship and dance, the Rajasthani performers that visited Chiang Mai at the invitation of the Indian Consulate wowed the audience at the Chiang Mai University Art Center’s theater on Friday, August 17, 2012.

Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal was thrilled by the enthusiastic response and said, “This is the first time the Indian Consulate in Chiang Mai has tried this kind of thing. I am glad everyone enjoyed it so much, I would like to do more.”

The performers had already thrilled the daytime audience of students before performing what is certainly to be exhausting dances before a full audience. The Consul’s lovely wife Kalpana was decked out in a gorgeous sari and joined by other members of the Indian community in Chiang Mai as well as U.S. Consulate General Kenneth L. Foster, British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson, Swedish Honorary Consul Supajee Nilubol and former Greek Ambassador to Thailand Dr. George Sioris and his lovely wife Dararat Shinawatra also joined the mixed group of Thai and foreign residents.

The show started out with the musicians and quickly moved into the fast paced whirlwind dances of Rajasthan including the Chari and dances of the Banjara community that are an integral part of the culture. The whirling dresses, jingling anklets and bracelets and rhythmic music and singing had the entire audience smiling and clapping along.

I am sure the Chiang Mai community will be much the richer and I hope that we see more such delightful shows as this one brought to Chiang Mai by the Indian Consulate.

The performers are joined on stage by honored guests at the end of the show.

The whirling dresses, jingling anklets and rhythmic music kept the audience enthralled with the performances.

The Chari dance shows the performers skills as she not only balances pots on her head when dancing but also perches on top of swords in bare feet.

A Very Special Concert

Silpakorn Brass ensemble to visit from Bangkok

The Silpaorn Brass Ensemble consists of Lertkiat Chongjirajitra, Sasis Jitrangsan, Pitch Tanapaisankit, Navi Hongskul, Nath Khamnak, and Poumpak Charuprakorn.

By Jai Pee
On Saturday September 8th at the Krua Siam Spa Restaurant, Sansai Luang, Chiang Mai, there will be a special concert arranged by the Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai. Their guests for the evening at this delightful large restaurant just off the old Maejo road and a stone’s throw from the main temple in Sansai Luang will be the exceptionally talented Silpakorn Brass ensemble from Bangkok. The concert will be from 7.00pm until 8.30pm when those attending may enjoy some of the fine food the restaurant has to offer, eating alongside the musicians.

The Brass Ensemble led by Lertkiat Chongjirajitra, is based in Bangkok at Silpakorn University and is comprised of top players from the Faculty and staff at the University’s College of Music. A brass quintet is a five-piece musical ensemble composed of brass instruments. The most common instrumentation is two trumpets or cornets, one horn, one trombone or euphonium/baritone horn, and one tuba or bass trombone.This particular group not only plays standard pieces but also arranges and performs original transcriptions of early music, brass band scores, jazz numbers, and traditional folk songs. Apart from entertaining, another very important goal for the group is expanding the knowledge of younger students through workshops and master-classes.

The group consists of Lertkiat Chongjirajitra, leader and trumpet; Sasis Jitrangsan, trumpet; Pitch Tanapaisankit, trumpet; Navi Hongskul, horn; Nath Khamnak, trombone and euphonium and Poumpak Charuprakorn, tuba. The group has already played recitals and concerts throughout the Kingdom. Lertkiat, however has traveled further afield - he is an international star having performed this year alone throughout western and northern Europe, the USA and south-east Asia. He is also the principal trumpet with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Assistant Dean for Music Activity, and trumpet and brass lecturer at Silpakorn University Faculty of Music, director of the Bangkok Silpakorn Wind Orchestra and a firmly established Yamaha artist in Thailand. Wow! What a line-up! This is not an evening to be missed and their repertoire on September 8th will be a wonderful mixture of classical and lighter pieces, including arrangements of works by Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, marches and pieces by George Gershwin and Ennio Morricone.

Tickets, priced 250 baht for adults but free to recognized students MUST be reserved in advance from the Friend’s Box Office manager, Khun Pom: [email protected] or by phone: 084 043 4554. When booking, please leave your email address so precise directions may be emailed to you. There is a free minivan service to and from the city (Huay Keow Road) but places are limited and must be reserved at the same time as booking. You are cordially invited to come along and make this a truly memorable musical evening. It is not often that the beautiful countryside surrounding Chiang Mai has the honor to host such talented musicians!

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Rajasthani folk artists visit Chiang Mai

A Very Special Concert