Ajarn Prasit Pinkaew
KHON PROJECT: MASTER (LING/MONKEY)
Born on 13 November 1941, the 67-year-old artist in his younger days was very impressed by the monkey dancer in the Khon performance that he saw at a temple fair. Later when he went to study at the Dramatic Art School, his only passion was to play the monkey in the Khon. His talent in performing arts was acknowledged and further enhanced by Khru (Master) Kree Worasarin. After graduating with a certificate in advanced performing arts, he joined the government service as an artist in the Music and Drama Division, Department of Fine Arts and progressed in his career to eventually become the director of the Dramatic Arts College. Ajarn Prasit is a real expert in the monkey part in the Khon dance. He has invariably been assigned to play Hanuman and other leading monkey characters, such as Chui-chai Hanuman, Sukrip, Pali, Ong-khot, and Ninlanon.He has performed the Khon mask dance at national and international functions. In addition, he created more gestures and movements for the monkey part in the Ramakian mask dance that the Department of Fine Arts performed at a royal cremation. He directed a number of Khon performances at the National Theater, taught the monkey part for the Khon dance, and gave public lectures at various education institutes. Ajarn Prasit is an artist who cherishes and carries on the tradition of Khon mask performances, especially the monkey part in Ramakian. Currently, he is an expert teaching Thai dramatic arts at Bunditpatanasilpa Institute, Dramatic Arts College, Department of Fine Arts.Mr. Prasit Pinkaew was honoured as a national artist in performing arts (dramatic arts-Khon) in 2008.