(KPL) Animation film Ramavatar: Murals Brought to Life was screened at the National Cultural Hall in Vientiane, on May 29 marking the launch of ASEAN Cultural Year 2019 in Laos.
ASEAN Cultural Year 2019 � a cultural plan of action proposed by Thailand as one of the main activities during Thailand’s ASEAN chairmanship, was warmly welcomed and adopted at the 8th Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Art (AMCA), in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in October 2018.
The film screening event saw the presence of Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara, and Thailand’s Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat.
The two countries are closely bonded through the similarities of cultural identities: language, costume, festivals, rituals as well as many artistic representations. It is these similarities that bind the people of the two countries together with mutual love and amity, said Ambassador of Thailand to the Lao PDR Kiattikhun Chartprasert.
Thai Ramakian and Laos’ Phra Lak Phra Ram are literary works originally derived from India’s well-known Hindu epic, Ramayana.
As for Thai Ramakian, the work has been interpreted into many forms of arts, ranging from performing arts, which include shadow play or Nang Yai and mask dance drama or Khon; to crafts and artisanship, which include the mural paintings on the inner wall of the gallery of Wat Phra Sri Rattana Sasadaram, dated back to the reign of King Rama I, who invited the renowned artists of that era to paint 178 mural images, measured two kilometers in length.
The ASEAN Cultural Year 2019 is a platform where the ASEAN Member States can co-operatively promote the use of culture for deepening the understanding, and raising the awareness and pride towards ASEAN cultural identities, while fostering unity and harmony, and enhancing relations in ASEAN through the foundation of shared cultures.
As a celebration of the ASEAN Cultural Year 2019, the Thai government and the Ministry of Culture of Thailand are launching Ramavatar: Murals Brought to Life � an animation film based on the renowned mural paintings of Ramayana, from the mural gallery of Wat Phra Sri Rattana Sasadaram.
The characters are now animated and brought to life, with addition of entertaining contemporary elements which allow audiences to be more attuned to the opening storyline of Ramayana epic �Vishnu’s avatar as ‘Rama’ to suppress the evil of Ravana.
Source: Lao News Agency