My village is quite small, very poor and extremely isolated yet it does have one claim to fame.
ต่าย อรทัย Tai Orathai is an extremely famous singer in Thailand. Huge hits, many awards and a large following all around Thailand especially from North Eastern Thailand (Issan). She was born and grew up right here in our humble little village. Seerung remembers her at school and her Grandma still lives about 200m away from my house. Tai returns home quite often to visit her Grandma who raised her. Normally she returns home by herself but her last trip back she brought her band with her and had a get together at her Grandmas house. All the school kids attended as well as most of the village. I was really disappointed I wasn’t able to attend but Seerung took a few photos.
Tai is second from the right. On the left you will see a pile of blankets that were handed out to people in need.
Sorry about the quality of this photo but it was the only close up shot she took of the superstar.
*new edit* here is a link to a story that Thai TV channel 3 did when she recently returned home to the village. There is some great footage of her at the school and I even recognise my niece in it. Check it out here.
Here is a video of her in action singing her hit song Gin Kao Ler Yang.