Prayoon Yomyiam: Google Doodle remembers the Thai singer on what would have been her 85th birthday
Prayoon Yomyiam, the legendary Thai singer, has been honoured in the Google Doodle on what would have been her 85th birthday.
Also affectionately known as Mae Prayoon, or Mother Prayoon, she began singing at the age of 15 in a style that is traditional to Thailand, called Lam Tad.
According to the Google Doodle, this form of folk singing usually involved groups of men and women who take turns to mock each other with humourous lyrics. But who was Prayoon Yomyiam?
Born on August 30, 1933, Prayoon Yomyiam started singing in the traditional folk music style known as Lam Tad at the age of 15, according to Time.
After her cassette recordings were circulated and her music heard all over the country, she rose to game and by 1994, was recognised as a National Artist of Thailand.
Prayoon was known as a notable artist and one who worked to promote and popularise the Lam Tad tradition, which had almost faded before the singer introduced it back into popular culture on television.
In addition to helping the music make a comeback, Prayoon also introduced the folk music to other countries as part of Thailand’s state-sponsored tourism campaign.
Mae Prayoon died in 2010, but her legacy lives on and she is regularly celebrated, as she has been with the Google Doodle for today.
A Google Doodle is a temporary change to the homepage logo on the Google website to reflect a significant birthday, event, accomplishment or individual.
First introduced back in 1998 to celebrate Burning Man festival, Google Doodles were created by the tech giant's cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.