To mark the passage of 50 days since the death of National Artist Angkarn Kalayanapong, an all-day tribute to the late poet and painter is being organised tomorrow complete with merit making, performances of traditional music and a discussion on Angkarn's poetry. The event, dubbed Sewana Sara Tasanajorn, will take place at Wat Thong Noppakul, Klong San district, Thon Buri, beginning at 10am.
It is being hosted by the Angkarn Kalayanapong Fund, Silpa Wattanatham (Art and Culture) magazine and the Centre for Urban Design and Development.
The highlight should be a talk led by writer/historian Sujit Wongthes who will be sharing his views on the literary style in Lao-Thai poetry which was pioneered by Angkarn. A traditional pipe ensemble will also play a funeral dirge.
Angkarn died on Aug 25 after a long struggle with heart disease and chronic diabetes. He was 86.
He began writing professionally in the late 1950s and his work is considered as the epitome of modern Thai poetry since he did not allow his choice of words or mode of expression to be restricted by traditional poetic patterns.
The style he spearheaded initially came in for a great deal of criticism for veering away from poetic conventions and because of his fondness for plain, unadorned language.
The tribute is open to members of the public free of charge.
For more information, call 086-763-6644.