RAM AND RABAM: THE OPENING DANCE IN THE RATTANAKOSIN ERA (KING RAMA IX REIGN)
This research attempts to study the types of Ram and Rabam for the Opening Dances, dance components used in the dance in the Rattanakosin Era, during the IX reign. (His Majesty King Bhumipol, 19462016). The findings of the research reveal that Ram and Rabam, the opening dance performances can be classified into 2 main types as follows; the common dance and the dance which accompanies by the song with the words which depends on the events and occasions. There are seven major components of the Ram and Rabam dances: The performances are in the form of Thai theatrical dancing, Performers are grouped into five character types, Costumes ( the Yuen Khreung style costumes, the Nang Nai costumes, regional folk dance costumes from four regions of Thailand and other types of costumes) Props, Tang Soom (dancers positioned) Lyrics and melody and Occasions.