Posted on: 25th February 2016
Nang Talung is Thailand’s most loved folk entertainment and is an ancient form of storytelling where opaque objects are used to create an illusion of moving shadows by skilled use of light and sound.
Shadow play house of Suchat Sapsin is the very first shadow play museum in Thailand, where full-fledged story recitals are organized and the story is conveyed through shadows; many of these story recitals make use of stories some of which are as old as 100 years.
Here the story is recited in the common dialect of the Thai region and the words are matched by the shadow play figures.
It is a place that keeps alive the old concept of shadow play and also hosts demonstrations where creation of shadow play is shown to the general public. No wonder it got Thailand’s National tourism award for best cultural and historic site in 1996 for its unique contribution in keeping alive an age-old legacy and fondly loved tradition of shadow play.
It is interesting to note that all the tasks related to the shadow play or Nang Talung is mainly done by the puppeteer- recital of the story in verses, usually in the form of the song as well as the movement of puppets on the screen. The main equipments used by the puppeteer are screen, light and music equipments. However the range of puppets is varied ranging from gods to demons, the hero , heroine, deities and a comedian. Though Nang Talung is entertaining, the degree of its entertainment depends upon the skill and fluency of the puppeteer to engage the audience.
Opening Time: This play house museum remains open daily from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.
Admission Fee: No fee is charged, donations are accepted
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