Portrait of Pichet Klunchun

Pichet Klunchun

Pichet Klunchun bridges Thai Classical Dance language with contemporary sensibilities – while keeping the heart and wisdom of the tradition. He has earned domestic notoriety for his efforts in contemporising Khon.

Pichet has received many honorary awards, including the 2008 ‘Routes’ ECF Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity from the European Cultural Foundation – an award that honours artists and thinkers in the field of cultural diversity, for helping to combat fear and disrespect of the other.

In 2012, he received the Chevalier of the French Arts and Literature Order from the French Ministry of Culture for his contribution to the influence of Culture in France, in Thailand and around the world. In 2014, Pichet was awarded the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award by the Asian Cultural Council for a significant contribution to the international understanding, practice, or study of the visual or performing arts of Asia.