Mrs. Thonglor Tamlethong (Tabtim),
a national artist (in Pleng Pheun Ban) of the year 2529 B.E., was
Mae Pleng Chan Khru. She could sing Pleng Choi, Pleng Song Kreung
and folk songs. She was born on Saturday, the third month of Lunar
Calendar in the Year of Pig. Her hometown was a house near Wat Bang
Khun Tib, U-Thai District, Ayutthaya Province. Her grandmother could
play Pleng Prob Gai. Her father was Mr. Ploy and her mother was Mrs.
When she was a child, she did
not attend school but hid under the monkís cell listening and memorizing
what the monk taught to the boys.
When she did not learn in school,
she had a lot of time so she liked to listen to songs and would like
to practice singing. Her father requested Khru Tim and his wife, Khru
Pad from Ban Rong Nai to teach her at home during the night with other
childrem of the same age. Khru Taum and Khru Chum taught her to perform
Lakhon Ram. When she herself could perform, she and her friends performed
Pleng Choi and Pleng Song Kreung at many fairs by getting the payment
for one saleung (25 satang) or two saleung (50 satang).
During the flood season, she
took a boat to Tod Ga Thin, Tod Pha Pa and sang Pleng Reu. During
Songkran Festival, she performed Pleng Pissathan in the monastery
and sang Pleng Paung Malai, Pleng Songkran. She loved melodies.
When she grew up, she did not
marry at a young age like her friends. Even though some men tried
to woo her, she did not pay any attention because she loved songs
When she was 25, she married
Mr. Thong-u Samangsong, a leegei, and had two children. Later on they
were separated and she went to Bangkok at the age of 33 in 2475 B.E.
(the time of celebration Sapan Putthayaodfah). She got a job and sold
rice and curry to earn money for her own life. One day someone she
know asked her to sing songs with Khun Samransamitmuk (Od Tamprahas),
who was a clown in the royal palace of King Rama VI, in the funeral
ceremony. By this, she met a lot of others and sang songs with them
until she was very old. Her friends were Mrs. Taun, Mr. Tom, Mr. Tum
and Mr. Phrom Aiamchao.
Mrs. Thonglor was very diligent.
Besides singing she was also a merchant such as when she lived with
Mr. Pui Panpeuy, a railway worker at Nopawong. She cooked pickled
fish for sale and sometimes she sold fruits, rice and curry. After
that she lived with Mr. Saiyud Tamlethong, a sailor and a preacher,
until he died in 2521 B.E.
After 2500 B.E. folk songs
became unpopular and Por Pleng Mae Pleng was too old to sing. Then
there was a revival of the folk songs around 2520 B.E. Mrs. Thonglor
Tamlethong returned to be the main person in passing on folk songs
to a new generation. Her voice was very clear and sweet even though
she was very old.
In 2525 B.E. she was honored
as an outstanding local artist of the Central region by the Board
of National Culture. In 2529 BE., he recieved an honor as a national
artist as Mae Pleng Chan Khru at the age of 87.
She died at her sonís house
in Petchaboon Province on Sunday, April 4, 2536 B.E. at the age of
94. She received a royal cremation at Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok Noi
on July 17, 2536 B.E.