The official program of events for the annual celebrations will start on Sunday, but the re-enactment of the historic battle at Thalang Victory Memorial Field doesn’t begin until March 13.
Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha announced that about 6 million baht was spent in preparation for the event.
Phuket Provincial Administration Organization Chief of Administration Manop Leelasuthanont said, “The bravery of the two heroines must be passed down generation to generation.
“This event is to celebrate the great year of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th birthday; HM Queen Sirikit 80th birthday; HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn 60th birthday; and the bravery of Thao Thepkrasattri and Thao Srisoonthorn heroines,” he added.
Rajabhat University, Art and cultural office director Dr Sawit Pongwat explained, “In the time of King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I), on March 13, 1785, the two heroines fought wisely against the Burmese army and won. So the day is marked as Thalang’s victory day.”
For the re-enactment of the battle, 12 scenes will be set with 1,200 performers, he explained.
“The performers are from Rajabhat University, as well as students from Phuket and Phang Nga schools. Phuket Governor Tri Augkarasdacha will be an honorary performer and play the part of King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I),” Dr Sawit said.
— Chutharat Plerin
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