There are interesting facts about Thailand but very few knew about this unique dance form “Khon”. It is a much older dance form influenced by Indian Mythology that depicts Thailand culture. The act is an attraction for its masked dance drama. With a history of over 400 years, it narrates the glory of Rama (the hero of Hindu Mythology Ramayana) and incarnation of the god Vishnu, who brings order and justice to the world. What makes this dance form different from others is that to learn Khon, the performers have to study at the age of around six.
They can't appear on the stage without more than ten years' of study and practice. The costumes Khon actors wear are gorgeous and costly. It takes months and even half a year to finish one piece of the costumes which costs over 1,600 U.S. dollars. It is designed in a way that reflects the Thailand aesthetic and national heritage. Traditionally, all the actors have to wear masks which cover the whole face. Today, however, masks are no longer a must for certain characters as make-up can be applied to show beauty, color and personality. The Khon actors do not speak their lines, there are background talents who do the narration and singing for the artists.
The actors only enact their characters on stage by using expressive gestures and the whole range of Thai classical dance. Khon involves over a hundred actors, narrators, singers, an orchestra and a chorus. The Khon was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018.
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