Cultural Night

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cultural Night is one of the big opportunities for international students to be representatives of their remarkable cultures. Over twelve countries prepare their own programs to show to over a 1,000 attendees from the OSU and Stillwater communities. This year, the Thai Student Association has sent the crew to perform in a small group performance, which called

Cultural Night is one of the big opportunities for international students to be representatives of their remarkable cultures. Over twelve countries prepare their own programs to show to over a 1,000 attendees from the OSU and Stillwater communities. This year, the Thai Student Association has sent the crew to perform in a small group performance, which called “Serng Kala”.
Serng Kala, or Serng Krapo (Coconut shells Dance) - Krapo (Kala) is the word for coconut in the Northeast dialect. The dance illustrates the activities of a group of nubile girls from the southern part of the region, known as I-San. The dancers hold two coconut shells, with which they execute complex choreographic movements, shaking them, tossing them or tapping them lightly. This dance is often accompanied by the sound of the pong lang, a kind of upright xylophone, made of strips of wood arranged according to the musical scale. Additionally, this kind of dance is for couple. Thai people believe that if any couples crack the coconut shells during the dance, they will get married.