Manusya, Journal of Humanities

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Associated with the religious, animistic, and ritual aspects in everyone's lifestyle, entertainment culture has evolved to meet the audience's changing preferences and different social status in each era. Whether for the royal court or the commoners, both forms of entertainment were found complementing each other, resulting in its legacy and creation of a new variety. Economic growth not only conveyed wealth to people but also produced an increase in entertainment has witnessed significant changes from sacredness to publicity, while the theme have been based so much on daily life activities that performing artists could really earn their own livings using their skills and diversity the forms of performances more than in the past. The critical change in entertainment culture occurred during the reign of King Rama V, when the general public began to be able to select and pay for its entertainment. Consumer behavior has dictated the creation of the modern musical and performing arts. The royal court and high dignitaries played an important role in assimilating European culture in Thai performances, resulting in lakorn duk-damban (song and dance drama with soft music) and piphat duk-damban (orchestra with pipes). The standard practice of royal court entertainment was established and handed down.

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