The Peepaataya’ Dukdumban Orchestra
Chulalongkorn University formed the Peepaataya’ Dukdumban Orchestra in 1997 when there was a celebration of the King’s 5th cycle birthday, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the University, followed by the celebration of the King’s Silver Jubilee in 1998. The Peepaataya’ Dukdumban Orchestra is considered to be the highest form of Thai musicology. Different from other kinds of traditional Thai orchestras, the Peepaataya’ Dukdumban orchestra has to consist of highly skilled and experienced musicians. Chulalongkorn University has revived and continued this musical tradition through research work and teaching and study. To publicize the Peepaataya’ Dukdumban to the general public, the University has the orchestra perform on March 26th or the day of its establishment, every year. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has not only served as Honorary Chairperson of the Peepaataya’ Dukdumban Orchestra for over 20 years but she has also attended these performances and regularly participated over the years.