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      01.12.2004 06:51
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      I like two beautiful cities to be part of my memoirs---Bangkok is one of them. The other is Kathmandu. Bangkok is known as Krong Thep, there is a popular cigarette available in the market of same name. Krong Thep means city og angels. Think about the night life there, lots of angels there moving around, and in the temples and stupas...God inclines there with His power and command.
      I mest tell the story of the places where I marked my foot steps. My most visited place is the National Gallery of fine art at Chao Fa road near Sanam Luang, where I found the unique works of the His Majesty The King of bangkok. His 'Fire in the Jungle' is my most favourite along with his photographic port folio. He is a music maestro also. I like His musical composition locally known as Phoon Tak. My friend painter Suriya Tebsattra gave me the jazz audio of the His Majesty. I am loving it like McDonalds.
      In National gallery I met Madam Sukanya, Pyonjana and above all Madam Charunee. They are the dedicating staff of the gallery. One day I was present at the opening of a Singaporean art exposition where I met Mr. Pratuang Emjaroen, who is a living-legend in Thailand. He is a self taught painter and earned name and fame in Asia and Europe also. I got his retrospective album. Its a huge publication. I count Mr. Pratuang and Maqbool F Hossain are the best painters in Asia.
      In modern bangkok there are huge number of painters. But real creativity is not available in their works. Another self taught painter Ronachai Srileg has his own style of expression. He is a gem. But he is not widely exposed.
      Beside Pratuang, I liked the works of old maestroes like Chamras Khietkong and Ithipol Tenchalok. By the way, I had a chance of meeting the widow of Chamras, Kusum Khietkong. She is a lovely lady lives in the muslim area of Bangkok.
      But its a matter of great regret art criticism is not a popular chapter in Thailand. In the leading national dailies there are rare case to see art reviews. Most of the painters are unnoticed in the pages of the newspapers. I asked Ms. Monticha Khantachawana, a young and promising art-writer about the lacking of publicity of the painters. She said rama ix art foundation has taken an initiative to promote painters. But I couldn't find my friend Suriya Tebsattra and Ronachai Srileg there.
      In entire Asia, fine art is exuberant. In Bangladesh, India , Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, Laos fine art got its flavor. We have names like Amrita Sher-Gill, Shashikala Tiwari, Jubeida Aga, Collin David, Corrado Ferroci, Pratuang Enjaroen, Mohammad Kibria, M F Hossain, King Bhumibol, Mohammad Eunus, Ronachai Srileg and many. We hope in coming decades Asia will lead the world art. Bangkok will place there respectively.
      (If you read this article please send me comments at r_sulayman@yahoo.co.in)

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