Nang Talung or Shadow play
Shadow play is one of the South Regional. The story of the tie is fabulous. Proceed with verse and chorus is a local accent. Shadow arts is a popular one for a long time. Especially in the era before electricity used in every village today. Shadow displayed either in a religious ceremony and burial. Therefore, a funeral or celebration that has so often come to watch the shadow play with it, Nang Talung or Shadow play (Thai: Nang Talung) was one form of public entertainment in the south of Thailand. It is still very popular at village festivals, temple fairs and celebrations such as marriages, etc. Its characters are made from intricately cut – out and articulated shapes of leather. They are delicately coloured, but this does not show during a performance as the puppets appear only in shadow against a white sheet, with light shining through from behind. They are manipulated with rods control movements of the arms.
Puppets are not colorful, but they really do not have to be because you will see a black shadow. In the second picture you see someone holding. Normally you can see a shadow only in the third. Performances may have a religious theme or be an episode from the Ramayana epic which contains dozens of individual stories. They may also be specially written to include up-to-the minute reflections, songs, and poems about local events and matters of current interest in the district or country.
There are hundreds of different characters each with a distinctive silhouette, but the show will almost always include a clown, funny old man, scatter – brained old woman or rather stupid yokel, who are all great favourites with the fun – loving audiences.
Nakhon Si Thammarat province has one of the town’s most popular shadow puppeteers named Mr. Suchart Sapsin. Like all good Nang Talung puppet masters, he is a man of many talents. He is not only expert in the craft of making the puppets but is also an award – winning writer and poet. He is narrator, speaking or singing all the parts using different voices, and is a superb mimic. And he does all this as he manipulates the characters from behind the illuminated screen. Suchat is one of the National artists.
How to go there: Suchart Nang Talung
From Wat Phra Mahathat Turn right onto Soi. Sariang at the intersection, turn left onto the Si Thammasok Road away found Soi Si Thammasok 3 and right turn into the distance. Suchart movie house on the left.
In Shadow home also sells a variety of patterns, delicate beauty and want to buy a gift or keep it as a souvenir.