Happy mood with Thai dance & food
By Arun Ranjit
Gaining inspiration from the grand success of previous years’ Thai cultural and food events in Nepal, the Royal Thai Embassy has once again brought a Thai cultural troupe and food to Nepal.
The event that was focused on traditional dance and Thai food cooking demonstration was attended by dignitaries including members of the diplomatic corps in Nepal, leading business groups’ CEOs and people from other walks of life Friday evening at Yak and Yeti Hotel.
The Thai product programme was a mixed of culture and food. Culture side was featured with various Thai and Nepalese traditional dances that included of Ram Farang Ku, Kinmnaree and Kinnara, North Lamp, No Ra, I-san and Miniature Puppetry with delicate costumes portraying the distinct history of Thailand. Nepali dances Aarati, Bhairav Kali and Jhangad were also performed.
The Thai Food Gala was organized in accordance to the Royal Thai Government’s policy “Thai Kitchen to the World,” aiming to provide a genuine experience of Thai food and culture to the friends all over the world including Nepali friends, said Ambassador of Thailand to Nepal Bhakavat Tanskul.
“We strongly believe that the taste of our authentic Thai cuisine and the original touch of our cultural performance gained popularity worldwide will allow the guests to feel more Thainess and know a little more about Thailand,” ambassador Tanskul informed.
“Thai food is like playing chess. It is the unique blend and balance of tastes consisting of spiciness, saltiness, sourness, and sweetness emphasized by all the fresh and aromatic Thai ingredients. Also, the combination of Thai herbs and bird’s eye chili, really makes all of the Thai dishes delectable and beneficial for our health,” envoy said.
5 Thai dishes have been ranked among the World’s 50 Best Foods by CNN Travel readers on its Facebook poll. All of these Thai dishes are testaments of the intricacy, attention to detail, texture, color, aroma, and combined tastes of Thai cuisine which attracts the taste buds of people from everywhere in the world, envoy informed.
Those who tastes Thai food and witness traditional Thai cultural activities will know Thailand in real and feel Thainess and will become a Friend of Thailand, envoy believes.
The classical folk dance comprises of graceful movements, brilliant colours, soft rhythms and a radiating presence were the highlight of the event. The culture of Thailand incorporates cultural beliefs and characteristics indigenous to the area known as modern-day Thailand coupled with influences from ancient India, China, Cambodia, along with other neighbouring pre-historic cultures of Southeast Asia. It is influenced primarily by Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, as well as by later migrations from China, and southern India.
The Thai artistes enthralled the audiences with traditional dances representing both Southern and Northern parts of the country wearing traditional Thai attire from the ancient Thai culture reflect the message of folklores from Ramayana and other ancient Thailand tales had enthralled the audience. The performers did prove their mettle. They involved the audience in their acts, who were seen clapping and swaying with the rhythms of traditional music within moments of the start of the show.
Thai food includes different kinds of savory soups and the sugary delights. But coconut is an essential ingredient in all almost Thai curries. Assuring that every dish will provide authentic Thai taste, Thai people used to say that “eat like Thai people eat” so that they can enjoy it to the fullest.
The traditional Thai dance is symbolic of the Thai character itself. The art form is very strict, employing 108 basic movements and keeping the body upright from the neck to the hips, moving up and down using only the knees, and stretching to the rhythm of the music. A great deal of symbolism is displayed in complex and beautifully executed finger and hand movements. Sometimes specially designed finger nails add to the effect and complement the splendour of the spectacularly ornate costumes. All of it blending to produce a hypnotic and memorable experience.
Cross-cultural activities in the 21st century should incubate new trends of culture emerging from changes. The advent of the globalization era heightens the importance to learn from the uniqueness and diversity of various cultures as well as to enhance the cultural symbiosis. The cuisine of a country reflects the culture of that nation also. Thus, realizing the need of exchanges of cross-cultural activities the Embassy of Thailand in Kathmandu organized Thai Food Gala in capital.
As Nepal and Thailand enjoy an excellent bilateral on mutual trust, respect, goodwill and understanding there are similarities between Nepalese and Thai people in terms of lightheartedness, love of beauty, reverence for tradition, sense of freedom and devotion to their creeds. Both Thai and Nepalese are being an Asian, both the people love to see their friends enjoying all the time sharing certain values and sentiments in traditional art, culture and cuisine.