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Episode of Hanuman, Khon performance at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater

by / Wednesday, 19 February 2014 / Published in Entertainment
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Episode of Hanuman, Khon performance at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater of Bangkok

Khon Sala Chalermkrung performance in the episode of Hanuman has been organised to glorify [His Majesty the King] and to propagate Thai high dancing art. It is a long-run performance that shows on every Thursday and Friday at 7.30 p.m. at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre in Bangkok.

Experience the ancient drama smell, help inherit the mores and maintain Thai identity with ‘Khon’, the super-high performing art. Watch Khon Sala Chalermkrung performance in the ‘episode of Hanuman’ directed by Mr Supachai Chansuwan, a national artist. The music is played by Rohitajol band. This episode captures the legend of Hanuman since the deity Vayu delivered Siva’s divine power into the mouth of Sawaha, who was tugging a tree branch. Hanuman was born to her as a result. Hanuman helped Rama in the battle against Tosakanth (Ravana) and led it to victory. Hanuman was appointed to be Phaya Anuchit Chakkrit Pipatpongsa and sent to rule Nopburi City. The legend is concisely told via this fine, pleasing and beautiful performance with ancient tunes, recitation and dialogues as well as the blended special effects to especially create this fine, beautifully adorned and hard-to-find performance for this occasion. Focuses are placed on the creation of new image for Khon Sala Chalermkrung in the episode of Hanuman so that it is more contemporary while completely maintaining its original identity. Hanuman serves as the leading character that brings the audience into Ramayana story. Enjoy and have fun with his story. Witness the captivity of Uma garden and a beautifully adorned underwater scene. Have fun with Hanuman’s moves to catch Suphanmasha the Fish Queen. Be excited with his might in the fight against Sahaskuman. Be thrilled by Rama’s miraculous army.

Khon Sala Chalermkrung has continuously been showing since 2005 at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre with a cast of over 100 students from various leading institutes, who possess Khon dancing art skills and have been trained in and practised high dancing art under the supervision of teachers and experts from The College of Dramatic Arts, Bunditpatanasilpa Institue, for this grand performance at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre.

Synopsis

Siva demanded that the deity Vayu deliver Siva’s divine power and weapons into the mouth of Sawaha, who had been cursed by her mother, Anjana, to stand on one foot and to consume the wind on Phanomchakrawan Hill until giving birth to a monkey to be Rama’s soldier named Hanuman. On a Tuesday in the third month of the year of the tiger, Sawaha then gave birth to Hanuman, a white monkey, who had four faces, eight hands, earrings, diamond body hair and crystal fangs, and yawned out moons and stars. She ordered him to become a loyal servant of anyone who would see his earrings, diamond hair and crystal fangs for that person would be the God Vishnu being born as Rama. Hanuman wandered in the air and saw Uma garden, where he feasted. Uma got angry and cursed him to lose his might, to become weak, and to be released from the curse and regain his power only after Rama found and stroked him from top to tail three times.

Hanuman became Rama’s soldier and volunteered to find a way to Lanka. Rama gave him a shawl and a ring to present to Sita. If she would not believe Hanuman as she did not know him, he was to tell a secret about the time Rama and she met the eyes when Rama was lifting the great bow Moli. Hanuman found her about to hang herself. He saved her and offered to carry her on his palm back to Rama. She refused as it would be an insult to her to be abducted by a demon and rescued by a monkey. She, therefore, told Hanuman to invite Rama to cross the ocean to rescue her. Hanuman agreed. Before departing, he killed all Tosakanth’s 1,000 offspings so-called Sahaskuman.

Hanuman volunteered Rama to deceive Tosakanth to get the heart Tosakanth had put in the care of Khobutr the ascetic. Hanuman asked the ascetic to recommend him to Tosakanth. The ascetic was under spell, and thus gave Tosakanth’s heart casket to Hanuman and made the recommendation. Being doomed, Tosakanth fell for it and adopted Hanuman. At the battle, Rama aimed to kill Tosakanth with the bow Phrommas, and Hanuman then crushed and destroyed Tosakanth’s heart. Rama, therefore, won the battle and appointed Hanuman to be Phaya Anuchit Chakkrit Pipatpongsa to rule Nopburi City.

Acts in Khon Sala Chalermkrung: Hanuman Chankamhaeng

Act 1: The Birth of Hanuman Chankamhaeng

The deity Vayu receives Siva’s order to deliver his divine power and weapons, namely chakra, baton and trident, into the mouth of Sawaha, who has been cursed by Anjana to stand on one foot and to consume the wind on Phanomchakrawan Hill until giving birth to a mighty monkey to be Rama’s soldier named Hanuman. Hanuman is born by escaping through Sawaha’s mouth. She then orders him to become a loyal servant of anyone who can see his earrings, diamond hair and crystal fangs for that person will be the God Vishnu being born as Rama.

Act 2: The Cursed and Weak Monkey

After saying goodbye to his mother, Hanuman wanders in the air with his might and sees Uma garden, in which he takes and feasts on the fruit and plays as a child. Uma sees that, gets angry and curses him to become weak. When he knows that it is Uma garden, he apologises. Uma feels sorry for him and alleviates the curse in that he will regain his might after meeting Vishnu being born as Rama and being stroked from top to tail three times.

Act 3: Chief Warrior to Navigate

After being with Rama as instructed by the mother and regaining his might as spoken by Uma, Hanuman volunteers Rama to find a way to Lanka.

Act 4: Rescues Sita (Eliminates Sahaskuman)

Upon arrival in Lanka, Hanuman encounters a lady about to hang herself. When he learns that she is Sita, he saves her and offers to carry her back on his palm. She refuses as it would be an insult to her to be abducted by a demon and rescued by a monkey. She, therefore, tells Hanuman to invite Rama to come across the ocean to collect her. Before departing, Hanuman destroys the garden there and kills all Tosakanth’s offsprings so-called Sahaskuman.

Act 5: Causeway-Building (Catches the Fish Queen)

Rama orders his soldiers to fill the water and build a roadway to cross to Lanka. No matter how many stones are used, the water does not disappear, and the roadway cannot be built. Hanuman then goes and checks under the water. He finds Suphanmasha commanding her fish followers to mouth and dispose of the stones as instructed by Tosakanth in an attempt to block this roadway building. Hanuman catches and makes her his wife. He then tells her to order her followers to return the stones. Rama’s army, therefore, successfully crosses to Lanka.

Act 6: Deceives to Get the Heart of Tosakanth

Hanuman volunteers Rama to practise deception in order to get Tosakanth’s heart that is in the care of Khobutr the ascetic. Hanuman deceives the ascetic into recommending him to Tosakanth and persuades Tosakanth to fight Rama in the battlefield.

Act 7: Hanuman Defeats Tosakanth

During the battle, Hanuman flies up, as previously arranged with Ongkhot, to deliver the heart casket obtained from the deception. Tosakanth, realising that he has been tricked by Hanuman, is both angry and embarrassed. Tosakanth and his army retreat to Lanka with the determination to fight to the death some day.

Act 8: Chief Warrior to Rule the City

After Lanka battle, Hanuman is appointed by Rama to be Phaya Anuchit Chakkrit Pipatpongsa to rule half of Ayutthaya. However, ruling Ayutthaya is of too high rank. Hanuman returns it. Rama, therefore, gives Nopburi City to Hanuman.

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