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H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn opens Folk Life Museum

Exhibition on HM Queen Srisavarindira

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new exhibit on HM Queen Srisavarindira, the Queen Grandmother of Thailand as well as the opening of the Lanna Folk Life Museum and Chiang Mai Historical Center.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the grand opening of the Lanna Folk Life Museum and the Chiang Mai Historical Center near the 3 Kings Monument at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
Additionally, Her Royal Highness attended the opening of a new exhibit on HM Queen Srisavarindira, the Queen Grandmother of Thailand as part of the year-long celebrations in honor of the 150th anniversary of King Rama V’s Royal Consort and beloved Grandmother of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Also known as HM Queen Savang Vadhana, she passed away in 1955 at the age of 93

Local ladies greet HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Historical Center opposite 3 Kings Monument.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn received a gift of a book about the exhibition from the Director – General of the Department of Fine Arts, Mr. Sahawat Naenna, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn then briefed the Princess on the operations of both the Folk Life Museum and Historical Center and Governor Tanin Subhasaen reported on the exhibition.
HRH Highness has a deep and abiding love for history having obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History and also teaches at the History Department of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy.

Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn presents gifts on the museums to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her visit to Chiang Mai on August 13, 2013.

The Princess gave small gifts to 100 people who were waiting to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at 3 Kings Monument. The Princess then opened the exhibition at the Chiang Mai City Art & Culture Center before touring the Museum and the Historical Center. (All photos courtesy of the Chiang Mai Municipality)

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn views the wall of photos taken by Boonserm Satrabhaya., who photographed life in Chiang Mai for over 50 years.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously accepts a lovely handmade bouquet at the opening.


HM the Queen’s birthday celebrated across Chiang Mai

Mother’s Day awards presented to Best Moms in Chiang Mai

Governor Tanin Subhasaen pays his respects to HM Queen Sirikit at the ceremony held at Chiang Mai University Convention Center at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 12, 2013.

By Shana Kongmun
It was with great love and reverence that celebrations honoring the birthday of H.M. Queen Sirikit were held around Chiang Mai city with the day beginning auspiciously at the Chiang Mai University Convention Center with prayers from leading monks and local government officials gathering to honor Her Majesty on the occasion of her 81st birthday.

Dancers performed at the celebrations held at Tha Pae Gate

Celebrations honoring both HM the Queen and mothers everywhere, as August 12 also celebrates Mother’s Day, were held including performances from students from various schools and live music from the Montfort College Primary Section Orchestra Band at Kad Suan Kaew .Led by Assistant Managing Director of Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center, Tassanee Sangkerd, the gathered crowd honored Her Majesty with a candlelight ceremony.

Governor Tanin Subhasaen and his wife Inthira sign the book offering HM Queen Sirikit birthday greetings.

The Chiang Mai Municipality also held a candlelight ceremony at Tha Pae Gate honoring Her Majesty the Queen, led by Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, Member of Parliament Tassanee Buranupakorn and city officials. Community leaders paid homage to the Queen and after the ceremony; awards were presented to the Best Mother of each subdistrict in the city. Chosen by their community for their good work and good mothering, the ladies received their awards from the Mayor which was then followed by a fireworks display. As Mayor Tussanai pointed out, “It wouldn’t be a celebration in Thailand without fireworks!”

Miss Chiang Mai pins a button with the likeness of HM the Queen on Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn.

Members of the Diplomatic Community led by ranking member Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai attend the morning ceremony.

Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by winners of the Best Mother of each of the 16 subdistricts.


Chiang Mai’s Indian community celebrates Independence Day

Members of the local Indian community presented a check valued at I94,174 INR to Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal for the victims of the Uttarakhand flooding. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai’s thriving Indian community came together at the Indian Consulate on Thung Hotel Road on Thursday, August 15, 2013. Community leaders also presented a check for 194,174 rupees or over 97,000 baht that was raised to aid the victims of the severe flooding in Uttrakhand State in India. Uttarakhand was hit by devastating flashfloods and landslides from heavy rains in June, 2013 leaving more than 5700 people dead and entire villages were totally destroyed.
Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and his wife hosted the party which saw many families come to not only join in the donation but also enjoy delicious food and meet with friends, neighbors and family. Indian Independence Day commemorates the nation’s independence from British rule on August 15, 1947 and is a national holiday.
People of Indian descent celebrate the national day worldwide, with huge celebrations taking place in cities such as New York. Chiang Mai, while smaller and certainly a bit more subdued with no parades or Miss India Day, was certainly enjoyed by local residents and visitors.

Members of the local community and monks from a nearby temple join Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal at the Independence Day celebrations held on August 15, 2013 at the Indian Consulate. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

Women from the local community and abroad enjoy lunch with the Consul’s wife, Mrs. Kalpana Garbyal (3rd right).
(Photo courtesy of Mrinalini Rai)


On the Beaten Track

A half century of photographs of Highland life

Members of local highlander communities join the organizers and members of the Alliance Française for the exhibition opening.

The highlands of Northern Thailand have experienced dramatic social and economic changes over the last fifty years. Once remote and partially autonomous, they have become more thoroughly integrated with the Thai nation. Simultaneously, the cultural diversity of these regions, long considered as a problem or a threat, is now presented as a “heritage” and an asset for local development.

Community leaders, artists and musicians joined the opening.

The pictures displayed in this exhibition come from private collections of anthropologists, missionaries and development experts. Together, these images question the nature and the meaning of the changes that have occurred in the highlanders’ lives since the 1950s.
On the Beaten Track offers a glimpse on the photographic archives available at the Centre for Ethnic Studies and Development (CESD) of Chiang Mai University. This collection is unique in Thailand by its size (more than 60,000 images), its geographic and ethnographic focus (highland populations of the Northern regions) and its time span (the images cover the period between early 1950s and present). It owes its existence to the historical context of the development of anthropology in Northern Thailand as well as to the personal dedication of the researchers of the CESD and the financial and technical support they received from various institutions.
Most of the written and visual archives from this period were kept in the premises of the Tribal Research Institute (TRI), established in 1965 inside Chiang Mai University (CMU) under the Ministry of Interior and dissolved in 2002 when its archives were moved to the Tribal Museum. In 2005, the ESD researchers started to digitize this collection as a collaborative project with an anthropologist of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in France. Together, they collected new images from the same period by accessing the private archives of several anthropologists and missionaries who had worked in Thailand and added those to the existing collection. In 2013, the partners received funding from the Institut Français to organize a photograph exhibition on the highlanders of Thailand.
The exhibition, being held at CMU Art Center on Nimmanhaemin Road from August 9-25, 2013, offers a glimpse into the collection with a selection of about 40 pictures, chosen for both their scientific interest and their aesthetic quality. This event is jointly organized by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, France) and the Center for Ethnic Studies and Development (CESD, Thailand) of Chiang Mai University.

A photographic exhibition documenting 50 years of highlanders’ lives is on display at CMU Art Center.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn opens Folk Life Museum

HM the Queen’s birthday celebrated across Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s Indian community celebrates Independence Day

On the Beaten Track