Fine Arts Department sets up khon institute

Thanks to Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit, the Fine Arts Department has established an institute devoted to khon – a Thai classical mask dance.

Her Majesty has expressed immense interest in the art. Under her auspices, new costumes and props have been created for khon performances.

The Queen is determined to pass on the khon art, including mask-making techniques, to the younger generations.

“In response to Her Majesty’s intention of conserving this art, we have set up the Institute of Khon,” Fine Arts Department director-general Kriangkrai Sampatchalit said at a press conference Thursday.