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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thailand - Traditional Thai Puppet (3D Stamps) 2009

STAMP, 3D, JOE LOUIS, TRADITIONAL THAI PUPPET, LIMITED

Concepts of magic. Postage stamp on the Thai. Through a set of special stamps with printing techniques created three-dimensional animation (3D Motion Stamp) first. When used with small puppet theater Jo - Louis. That is one of the wonders of Thai contemporary drama that has won worldwide. This set of stamps on the enable images seem to have a virtual puppet.


Technical Details:
Issue name: Thailand Philatelic Exhibition 2009 Commemorative Stamps - Thai Puppet Shows
Issue date: 04 August 2009
Purpose: To commemorate Thailand Philatelic Exhibition 2009, held between 4-9 August 2009 at Siam Paragon Department Store, Bangkok
Design: Illustrating Thai traditional puppet performances
Perforations: 16.50mm x 16.50mm
Size: 54 x 37 mm. (Horizontal-measured from perforation to perforation)

Denomination: 25 Baht (2 designs)
Details:
Bringing Hun Lakorn Lek to Life (World Premier First 3D Motion Stamp of Thailand)
Quantity of stamps: 600,000 pieces per design
Composition: 4 stamps per sheet
Printing Process: Motion Print Multi-colour
Designer: Mayuree Narknisorn
Issue by: Thailand Post Company Limited)

Souvenir Sheet Price: 50.00 Baht
Quantity of Souvenir Sheet: 100,000 Sheets
Printer:
Outer Aspect, New Zealand

Details:

Hun Lakorn Lek, a type of traditional Thai puppetry, was developed by Kru Krae Sapthawanich on the model of the Ramayana Thai puppets originated in the court of Krom Phra Ratchawang been transmitted to the present day through the dedicated work of Kru Sakorn Youngkhiewsod, also known as "Joe Louis", and members of his family. The first public performance of Hun Lakorn Lek was given at Joe Louis Theater in 1985. H.R.H. Princess Galayani Vadhana later renamed this theater to the "Nattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek" Theater.

The major driving force behiknd the amazingly life-like performance of Hun Lakorn Lek puppetry is the puppet artists themselves who, through their expert Khon performance skills, bring these puppets to live. Three puppet artists are required to manipulate each ppuppet. To give a faultless performance all there artists must be able to fuse their throughs and mind together and perform as one person.



The story of traditional thai puppet (Jo-Louis)

Thai in 1984, Sakorn set up a booth at the annual Suan Amporn Fair in Bangkok to demonstrate the ancient art of making khon masks. He took with him to the booth the puppet of the old hermit from the Ramakian he had made. The puppet attracted attention, and when the Tourism Authority of Thailand discovered that this impoverished old man was the last living person who knows the art of theatrical puppetry, it offered him money to make more puppets and revive performances. The following year, Sakorn and his children gave a performance at the fair. He named the troupe Hun Lakorn Lek( Joe Louis), Sakorn Natasilp Troupe: Maestro Krae's Grandchildrens Lakorn Lek. The revival was welcomed but there was not enough demand for performances for it to be sustainable or viable as a livelihood.

In 1996, the Commission for National Culture nominated Sakorn for the title of National Artist (Performing Arts Category: Small Theatrical Puppetry). This nomination was made in the name of His Majesty the King, in whose name the honorific title of National Artist was bestowed. The accompanying medal was awarded by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirinthorn, daugther of His Majesty. This recognition enabled Sakorn and his children to raise enough money to open a small puppet theatre near their home in Nontaburi province. The theater was consecrated on 28th December 1999, and the first performance was given on 3rd January 2000. The theater was called the Joe Louis Theater. The revival was still not successful: the theater was rudimentary and too remote from the metropolis, and few went to see it. In May 2002, the theater was moved to its present and more central location at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar in Bangkok.

On 10th July 2002, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirinthorn, His Majesty's daughter, officially opened the theatre and unveiled the plaque. On 5th December 2004, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, sister of His Majesty the King, re-named the theater Nattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek(Joe Louis) in Thai and The Traditional Thai Puppet Theater in English. The Traditional Thai Puppet Theater Foundation is under Her Royal Highness's patronage.

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