By The Nation
Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Narirattana graciously presided over the opening of the exhibition last week. The princess was among the Silpathorn recipients last year, and was welcomed by Ittipol Khumpleum, the minister, along with senior officials.
The Silpathorn Awards have been given each year since 2004 by the Ministry of Culture and cover the visual arts, literature, music, film, performing arts, design and architecture. The Ministry of Culture in May announced the winners of the 2019 awards. They included seven outstanding contemporary artists from seven categories: Natee Utarit in the visual arts category, Assoc Professor Boonserm Premthada in the architecture category, Worapoj Panpong in the literature category, Anan Nakkong in the music category, Damkeng Thitapiyasak in the performance art category, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom in the category of movies and motion media, and Assoc Professor Dr Singh Intrachooto in the design category.
Natee said he was honoured to receive the award as he has been actively involved in the field more than 25 years and intended to dedicate his artwork so that a younger generation could learn about it. Natee was recently awarded the Art Game Changer Award 2019 from the Asia Society Institute as one of the most notable contemporary artists.
Veteran Singh is considered among the country’s leading creative figures that have made notable contributions to Thai fine arts, design and culture. He said he was delighted and deeply honoured that his decades-long work in eco-conscious design had earned this prestigious Silpathorn Award. Singh added that designers can also communicate with creativity, wit and insight in order to safeguard and restore the environment. “We can reach out to people’s hearts with our works," he said.
Anan discussed his international music, which draws on that of neighbouring countries to enable creative communication and delightful musical content that can be merged and conserved harmonically within Asean.