The success of Luk Thung Molam music has been credited with making Isaan culture popular all across Thailand. But the genre has also been reflecting the changing lives of Isaan people. “What really shines through is their pride, more than before, in being Isaan-Lao,” says Panis Phosriwangchai who studied popular Isaan music.
Worakron “Mod” Kongsuk didn’t know how to play a phin nor did he listen to molam. Today, he makes some of the finest electric phin in the country. He talks about his craft and the future of molam instruments.
The Isaan Record03/24/2020
Maha Sarakham was once known as the capital of molam. Dozens of molam agents were once busy taking booking requests from people from all across the region seeking molam troupes for festivals, temple fairs, weddings, and funerals. Today only two molam agencies are left in the city.
A talk with Arthit “Fai” Mulsarn, the manager of the Molam Mobile Bus Project about the challenges of curating a molam exhibition and the political history of the genre.