H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn opens Folk Life Museum
Exhibition on HM Queen Srisavarindira
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
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
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.
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,
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)
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn views the wall of photos taken by Boonserm
Satrabhaya., who photographed life in Chiang Mai for over 50 years.
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously accepts a lovely handmade bouquet at the
HM the Queen’s birthday celebrated across Chiang Mai
Mother’s Day awards presented to Best Moms in Chiang Mai
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,
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.
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.
Tanin Subhasaen and his wife Inthira sign the book offering HM Queen Sirikit
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
Mai pins a button with the likeness of HM the Queen on Mayor Tussanai
the Diplomatic Community led by ranking member Chinese Consul General Zhang
Weicai attend the morning ceremony.
Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by winners of the Best Mother of each of the
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.
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!)
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
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.
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.
photographic exhibition documenting 50 years of highlanders’ lives is on
display at CMU Art Center.