Lam Phaya Performing Arts in Savannakhet Province, Laos


Author: Piyanan Nawkamdee (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Speaker: Piyanan Nawkamdee
Topic: Language Socialization
CALA 2020 General Session


Abstract

Lam Phaya performing arts have been in popularity in Laos PDR for many hundred years. Each province exhibits its own style of performance, within which singing becomes a significant component. This is the case in Savannakhet, is the second largest province in terms of population, after Vientiane. Fours styles of lam singing exist; lam ban sok, lam khon savan, lam phuthai, and lam tang wai.

For this paper, the researcher has selected lam khon savan poetries for investigation and analysis. The research thus aims to expose the structural designs of the poetry, and to discuss the semantic content of the poetry. For data, the study draws from written documents, and field works comprising of interviews and observations.

The research results indicate that the poetry is written in klon nyoen form, consisting of numbers of four line stanzas. Here, the contents cover a variety of worldly and spiritual subjects. It is here that the research looks to expose the ways in which lam poetry integrates local texts with global appropriations of these texts.

Keywords: Lam phaya, performing arts, lam khon savan, Savannakhet province, Laos PDR.