Ms. Jiraphon revealed that OR has recognized the importance of preserving cultural heritages of traditional Thai dancing and Thai classical music to ensure their continuity in the modern Thai society, especially Khon, which is a valuable heritage of the country that should be protected and sustained. As the effort reflects the vision "Empowering All Toward Inclusive Growth," OR is determined to fund the foundation at 3 million baht annually for a period of 5 years (i.e., from 2022 to 2026), or 15 million baht in total. In this regard, the fund will contribute to the learning courses of Thai classical music and traditional dance, which are offered, free of charge, to youths who reside in the surrounding communities such as those in the areas of Thung Maha Mek, Suan Phlu, Sathon, as well as the general public. These courses will encourage youths to spend their free time productively, shape a quality future, and empower them to access healthy hygiene.
The Kukrit 80 Foundation under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has established the Kukrit Institute Performing Arts Center with an intention to disseminate Thai heritage and cultural knowledge. At present, there are 11 learning courses available, including Khon - Heroes, Khon - Ogres, Khon - Monkeys, Thai traditional dancing performance, narration, and singing. For Thai classical instruments, the institute offers a variety of programs, consisting of Khlui (flute), Khim (hammered dulcimer), Saw (traditional fiddle), Chakhe (fretted floor zither), and Ranat (Thai keyboard percussion). On the whole, this sponsorship of OR will certainly help continue and preserve the cultural heritages for posterity.
Source: PTT Oil and Retail Business Public Company Limited