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Hailing the Hero

Concert celebrates the centennial of Prasidh Silapabanleng who crucially forged the link between Thai and Western music

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Next month Thailand will mark the centenary of the birth of its most celebrated composer, Prasidh Silapabanleng (1912-1999), best remembered for forging the crucial link between Thai and Western classical music, with a concert at Chulalongkorn University. 

A promotion poster for ‘Siamese Classics’ features the late national artist Prasidh Silapabanleng as a ranad maestro and conductor.

The son of Thai classical maestro Luang Pradit Phairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng, 1881-1954), Prasidh initially trained as a pianist before studying Western music composition at a university in Japan, the first Thai to do so.

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