THAI CHILDREN LEARN TO PLAY MORIN KHUUR AND PERFORM CONCERT

On 4 August 2017, students from grades 1-11 of Roong Aroon School in Bangkok performed a concert for their parents, teachers and fellow schoolchildren, showing their skills of playing Mongolian traditional musical instrument – Morin Khuur, which was registered by UNESCO as one of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The programme of their performance included Mongolian folksongs, classical music pieces by Beethoven and Mozart as well as songs by famous Mongolian and Thai composers. The concert was concluded by playing the Royal Anthem of Thailand on Morin Khuur.

Roong Aroon schoolchildren have been taught to play Morin Khuur by Mongolian artist, lecturer of the University of Arts and Culture of Mongolia, Mr. Munkhjin Purevkhuu. During his stay in Thailand, besides Bangkok Mr. Munkhjin visited Chiang Mai, Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Khon Khaen provinces where he introduced Morin Khuur and held training seminars for university students.

The project to introduce and promote Morin Khuur to Thai public was initiated by Mr. Vilit Tejapaibul, who in 2015 and 2016 with the participation of the Embassy of Mongolia in the Kingdom of Thailand organized Khaan Khuur quartet and Naiman Sharga Morin Khuur Orchestra concerts in Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre and Rangsit University.