The new recording of the Thailand Royal Anthem has been released, a little more than three weeks after hundreds of thousands of Thais gathered in Bangkok’s Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace to sing in memory of their beloved late King, Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX), who died on October 13, 2016. (See: End Of Days: Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej Dead)
Written in 1913, the Thailand Royal Anthem, known as Sansoen Phra Barami, was the national anthem up until the 1932 Siam revolution which ended absolute monarchy honours the presiding monarch, with the current version honouring King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Thailand Royal Anthem recording #2 begins with six minutes of historic photos and video (converted from film) of the early years of King Adulyadej’s reign, and highlight his and the queen dowager, Queen Sirikit’s work travelling throughout the country helping to identify and implement projects to improve the lives of the rural population. Overlaying the early photos and video is a scratchy radio recording of his national address on December 31, 1976.
The nine-minute-long mass Thailand Royal Anthem recording featuring the 200-person Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, and 150 professional choral singers backed by more than an estimated 200,000 Thai citizens (See: 200,000 Thais Turn Out to Sing Royal Anthem For King Bhumibol Adulyadej), will be played in movie theatres, on aircraft, and on television across Thailand until the coronation of a new monarch in about one year’s time.
Feature video Thai PBS News