Museum of Thai Classical Music

Location: Central Audio-Visual Eduation Center, 3rd floor, Mahathirarachanusorn building
Person in Charge: Cultural Center of Chulalongkorn University

History:

Museum of Thai Classical Music is one of Chulalongkorn University projects to succeed Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Royal Scheme to conserve Thai classical music, the national heritage which embraces Thailand’s inimitable independency. This museum has efficiently utilized rich Multimedia to store and display musical information both in terms of conservation and dissemination. There are rare classical music pieces which also provide audio files of story-telling music received from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, audio files of string quintet music which has remained famous over the last 50 years, audio files from the fine arts department of Thailand, audio and video files from Chulalongkorn’s own information recording project since 1983, which has recorded music performed by several Thai music bands and music veterans under the direction of Prasit Thaworn, National Artist. These audio and video compilations of Thai classical music are essential for academic and historical study. For instance, when Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn performed in Piphat classical ensemble and other university’s recitals such as noble artist’s music performance in Chulavatitkittimasak program, Thai dancing shows and folk play activities at Ruen Thai, these performances, being carried on for over 130 times until today, have been digitally recorded into files with the length of over 100,000 minutes or 8,000 songs. The museum has also assembled a systematic service and search engine, making this museum Thailand’s first Multimedia library which has the most complete collection of Thai classical music.

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