‘Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center’ was founded in 1979 in a bid to sustainably support and promote Thai traditional musical and dramatic arts, as well as folk arts. With steadfast efforts in this direction, the Bank has earned respect from the circle of Thai traditional musical and dramatic arts as a true supporter of the arts. The Bank has maintained long-standing good relationships with artists as well as mentors and students of Thai musical and dramatic arts. Activities initiated and maintained by Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center are as follows.
Following Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s initiative, the ‘Pralong Pleng Plaleng Mahori’, Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Youth, has organized the Thai traditional music competition since 1986. The aim is to encourage high-school students to learn, practice and develop their skills in performing Mahori, a type of Thai traditional music, which continues the classical traditions passed on from earlier generations of musicians. The competition has seen a continuous increase in the number of participating schools, with 50 schools nationwide sending their bands to compete in 2016. As part of the prize, each award-winning band was also offered an opportunity to showcase their talents to parents and people in local communities on a stage organized by the Bank.
‘Sangkeet Saranrom’ is an event which Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center organizes for artists to express their talent and creativity, and for enthusiasts to enjoy these kinds of shows, which are becoming increasingly rare. Over 30,000 people have enjoyed the shows held at Kukrit Institute located on Sathorn Soi 1, Bangkok. These classical shows have inspired young Thai people living in nearby communities to participate in Thai musical and dramatic arts classes offered free of charge to young people by the Kukrit Institute.
In addition to continuously organizing Thai music and dramatic arts shows, Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center also has a library with over 15,000 books of arts and culture, particularly relating to the performing arts, and electronic media recordings of various genres of Thai performing arts, which are available for the public to research free of charge.