Lakhon nai

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Lakhon nai (Thai: ละครใน) is a performing art originating in the royal court of Thailand (formerly Siam). It features a slow choreography accompanied by a piphat ensemble. The repertoire of Lakhon Nai consists of only four epics; The Ramakian, Unarut (Aniruddha), Inao (Panji) and Dalang (a greater version of Inao).[1] A variation of this genre with male performers is called lakhon nai phu chai (ละครในผู้ชาย).


Lakhon nai is believed to be a contraction of lakhon nang nai (ละครนางใน), or 'theatre of the women of the palace.'[2] It was also known as lakhon khang nai (ละครข้างใน, lit., theatre of the inner court) and lakhon nai phra ratchathan (ละครในพระราชฐาน, lit., theatre of [belonging to] the King).[3]



  • Brandon, James R. (1967). Theatre in Southeast Asia. Harvard University Press


  1. ^ Brandon pg. 64
  2. ^ Brandon pg. 63
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