(, January 3, 1937 - February 1, 2007, Bangkok
) was a Thai choreographer
and performer of Thai traditional dance
. Seri was considered a master khon
dancer, which is regarded as Thailand's highest performing art form. He was also an actor, playwright, director, songwriter, poet and television producer. He was named a National Artist
in 1988., The Nation
, February 2, 2007.
Early life and career
Seri was born in Bangkok
, the son of Leu and Sa-nga Wangnaitham. He was educated in the Thailand Fine Arts Department's College of Dramatic Arts, and in 1954 joined the department as a musical artist. He eventually became head of the music division. He received a scholarship to study fine arts at the University of Hawaii
from 1962 to 1965.
In 1988, he was named a National Artist
for performing arts.
Among Seri's works was the television variety show, Srisuk Nattakham
, which ran for 13 years. He also produced the educational program, Singkhuanroo Kon Doo Khon
(Things You Need to Know Before Viewing Khon
) in 1972, which served as an introduction to khon for a new generation of Thais.
He was a regular performer at important cultural events, including a khon performance by 2,526 dancers in Sanam Luang to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Rattanakosin island
Among his later works was an adaptation of Thailand's national epic
, the Ramayana