Nora drama dance recognized internationally by UNESCO



The official Facebook page of UNESCO, with more than 1.7 million followers from around the world, has been displaying the image of Nora, a dance drama from southern Thailand, on its banner, with the message “We are #LivingHeritage.”

Many Thais and foreigners visiting the page have admired the image and have congratulated Thailand on having such beautiful traditions.

This will help the Nora become more recognized globally.

“Nora” is a community-based ritual and artistic form of Dance Drama with deep cultural and social significance for southern Thais, with its unique style of singing and dancing, especially with the signature long, curled metal fingernail tips.
In Thailand, the Nora drama dance has been safeguarded by praising the Nora performers and masters as national artists of Nora, as well as promoting the stages of performance, practice, and knowledge transfer of the cultural heritage for the next generation.
To date, Thailand has three elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, namely, Khon Masked Dance Drama (2018), Nuad Thai (2019), and Nora, Dance Drama (2021).

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.