Jintara Poonlarp

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Jintara Poonlarp
Jintara Poonlarb Kaapelitehdas Helsinki Finland 26 05 2007.jpg
Jintara in Helsinki, Finland in May 2007.
Background information
Birth name Tongbai Janlueang
Born (1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 46)
Amphoe Kaset Wisai, Roi Et Province, Thailand
Genres Mor lam, Luk thung, String (Thai pop)
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Instruments Singer
Years active 1980s–present
Labels GMM Grammy, Master Tape
Associated acts Thongchai McIntyre
Website www.jintarafanclub.com

Jintara Poonlarp (Thai: จินตหรา พูนลาภ, rtgsChintara Phunlap) b. March 12, 1971 in Kaset Wisai District, Roi Et Province, Thailand) is a Thai mor lam, luk thung and pop music singer. She is one of the most popular and prolific of the artists in the mor lam (Thai country) and luk thung (Thai pop-country) genres, having released 40 original albums as well as many compilations. She records roughly equal amounts of mor lam and luk thung, but two of her best-known songs are the string (Thai pop) hits "Ma Tammai" and "Faen Ja," recorded with Thongchai McIntyre. She is also sometimes known by her nickname Jin or the epithet sao siang pin (Thai: สาวเสียงพิณ, meaning "lute-voiced girl"). She graduate bachelor's degree of Public Administration from Suan Sunandha



Born in Thailand's Isan region, Jintara's birth name was Tongbai Janlueang but this changed to Tongbai Poonlarp when her parents registered their marriage. Jintara is her stage name. Although March 12 is commonly given as her birth date she celebrates her birthday on March 6, and this is the date of birth on her ID card. On her Facebook page the year she was born is given as 1969. Her mother could not remember the exact date she was born, not uncommon in rural Thailand in previous decades.

She began performing in her early teens. She made 20 audio-only recordings for GMM Grammy and later a further five for the Master Tape record label. She has since made a further series of recordings for Master Tape, variously entitled Luk tung sa on and Mor lam sa on, each on VCD, CD and audio tape formats ("sa on" in the Isan language meaning roughly "enjoyable").

A number of greatest hits collections have also been issued, some of which contain videos of songs from the first audio-only series. Her first five albums included only luk thung, but since then most have combined luk thung, mor lam and sometimes string (Thai pop). Her most famous string songs are "Ma Tammai" and "Faen Ja," both in collaboration with Thongchai McIntyre. She tours with a live show from September to May each year and has made several appearances in Europe and North America.

Voice and image[edit]

Among her best-known songs is "Sǎo Isǎan plát tìn" [Thai: สาวอีสานพลัดถิ่น] ("Isan girl separated from her home," album 9), which incorporates the typical Thai country themes of poverty, homesickness and an unfaithful lover. "Arlai World Trade" ("Mourning the World Trade Center," album Luk tung sa on 6) aroused comment in Thailand's English-language press for the way it addressed the September 11, 2001 attacks: "the reigning Morlam superstar of Thailand laments the attacks of September 11 while young, bare-midriffed Thai girls gyrate in front of a surging American flag".[1]

In 2003, the Thai Ministry of Culture proposed banning one of her songs, "Tears of a Lieutenant's Wife" ("Namta mia nairoi") on state-run media.[2]

In 2004, she began studying for a degree in political science at Rajabhat Institute Suan Sunandha, Bangkok, from which she was due to graduate in 2006. Newspaper reports suggested that she was considering standing as an MP for the Chart Thai (Thai Nation) party, but would not be able to do so until she had graduated;[3] she did not stand in the 2005 election. She was awarded an honorary degree by the Rajabhat Institute of Roi Et in October 2004.

By February 2006, she had released 38 original albums plus numerous compilations.

Film and television[edit]

In 2001, Jintara played her first role television role in the series Nai Hoy Tamin, about the life of rural people in Isan in historical times. She co-starred in the 2006 action film, Chai Lai (Dangerous Flowers), portraying a member of a top-secret team of female crimefighters.


Original albums[edit]

Series number Title song (Thai) Title song (Romanised) Release date
GMM Grammy
1 ถูกหลอกออกโรงเรียน Tuk lawk awk rongrian 1989
2 วานเพื่อนเขียนจดหมาย Wan puean kian jotmai 1989
3 โสดบริสุทธิ์ Sot borisut
4 สาวเวียงหนุ่มไทย Sao Wiang num Thai
5 แรงงานข้าวเหนียว Raengngan khaoniao
6 พลังรัก Palang rak
7 ตามใจน้ำตา Tamjai namta
8 สาวไร่มัน Sao rai man April 1990
9 สาวอีสานพลัดถิ่น Sao Isan plat tin August 1990
10 ขอเป็นคนสุดท้าย Kaw pen khon sut tai February 1991
11 จดหมายหลายฉบับ Jotmai lai chabap July 1991
12 อำนาจรัก Amnat rak December 1991
13 คอยรักต่างแดน Khoi rak tangdaen August 1992
14 ลำ 3 แบบ 3 สไตล์ Lam sam baep sam style January 1993
15 ไร่อ้อยคอยรัก Rai oi khoi rak April 1993
16 เจ้าบ่าวหาย Jao bao hai August 1993
Master Tape
17 สิ้นหวังที่วังตะไคร้ Sin wang ti wang takhrai 1994
18 สงสารหัวใจ Songsan huajai August 1995
19 อวยพรให้เพื่อน Uaipon hai puean 1995
20 ขอรักฝ่ายเดียว Khaw rak fai diao 1996
21 รักซ้อนรัก Rak son rak 1996
22 รอพี่ที่ บ.ข.ส. Raw pi ti Baw Khaw Saw January 1997
23 ดื่มเพื่อลืมเศร้า Duem puea luem sao 1997
24 รักโผล่โสนแย้ม Rak plo sano yaem November 1997
25 ผู้หนีช้ำ Pu ni cham June 1998
Mor lam sa on 1 รักสลายดอกฝ้ายบาน Rak salai dawk fai ban January 1999
Luk tung sa on 2 น้ำตาสาววาริน Namta sao Warin September 1999
Mor lam sa on 3 น้ำตาหล่นบนเถียงนา Namta lon bon tiang na 14 June 2000
Luk tung sa on 4 สาวน้ำฟองสะอื้น Sao nam fong sa uern 10 January 2001
Mor lam sa on 5 แตงโมจินตหรา Dtaengmo Jintara 10 July 2001
Luk tung sa on 6 ถ้วยป่นหลุดมือ Tuay pon loot mue 21 December 2001
Mor lam sa on 7 นัดรอบ่พ้ออ้าย Nat raw baw paw ai 1 July 2002
Jin ma leaw ja 1 ชังบ่าวเจ้าชู้ Chang bao jaochu 3 March 2003
Mor lam sa on 8 รูปหล่อหลายเมีย Ruplaw lai mia 9 September 2003
Luk tung sa on 9 สาวชุมแพแพ้รัก Sao choom pae pae rak 2 April 2004
Rock mor lam sa on 10 พญานาคฝากรัก Payanak fak rak 12 October 2004
Luk tung sa on 11 คนนำทางใจ Khon nam tang jai 24 June 2005
Mor lam sa on 12 ฮัลโหลโทรผิด Hello tor pit 7 February 2006
Mor lam sa on 13 ห่วงแฟนแดนชุมนุม Huang faen daen chum num 31 October 2006
Sao tung dawkjan สาวทุ่งดอกจาน Sao tung dawkjan 25 March 2007
Jintara Krob Krueng 1 จินตหราแอ๊บแบ๊ว Jintara ab baew 28 November 2007
Jintara Krob Krueng 2 อยู่ข้างเธอเสมอ Yoo karng ter samuer 25 June 2008
Jintara Krob Krueng 3 มิสซิสเหี่ยน Miss sis hien 28 January 2009
Jintara Krob Krueng 4 ชีวิตฉันขาดเธอไม่ได้ Chewit chun kard ter mai dai 10 February 2010
Jintara Krob Krueng 5 ฝากคำขอโทษ Fark kum kor tode 15 December 2010
Jintara Krob Krueng 6 ขอใจฉันคืน Koh Jai Chan Khun 24 December 2011
Jintara Krob Krueng 7 เคยรักกันบ้างไหม Koey Rak Kan Bang Mhai 28 February 2013
Jintara Krob Krueng 8 อยากเป็นฉันในอ้อมกอดเธอ Yark Pen Chun Nai Aom Kord Ter 26 March 2014
Jintara Krob Krueng 9 เมียหลวงทวงสิทธิ์ Mia Luang Tuang Sith 1 December 2015

Compilations and live albums[edit]

Title (English) Title (Thai) Title (Romanised) Release date
1-2-3-4 รวมฮิต 1-2-3-4 Ruam hits 1-2-3-4 1989
Ramphan lumplearn รวมฮิต รำพัน-ลำเพลิน Ruam hits Ramphan lumplearn 1991
Pure Luk Thung Ten Golden Years ลูกทุ่งล้วน ล้วน 10 ปีทอง Luk tung luanluan 10 pi tawng October 1997
Love Songs from Jintara 1 เพลงรักจากจินตหรา ชุดที่ 1 Plaeng rak jak Jintara 1 1996
Love Songs from Jintara 2 เพลงรักจากจินตหรา ชุดที่ 2 Plaeng rak jak Jintara 2 1997
Love Songs from Jintara 3 เพลงรักจากจินตหรา ชุดที่ 3 Plaeng rak jak Jintara 3 1998
Twelve Lam Verses 12 กลอนลำ 12 Glawn lam October 1998
Luk Thung Mor Lam ลูกทุ่งหมอลำ Luk tung mor lam September 1999
Hit Songs เพลงเด่นกลอนดัง Plaeng den glawn dang 6 December 2000
Jintara on Love จินตหราบอกรัก Jintara bawk rak 26 October 2001
14 Golden Years 14 ปีทอง 14 Pi tawng 14 March 2002
Fun สนุกสนาน Sanuk sanan 16 December 2002
Lute-voiced Girl Jintara Poonlarp 1 (Live album) สาวเสียงพิณ จินตหรา พูนลาภ ชุดที่ 1 Sao siang pin Jintara Poonlarp 1 3 March 2003
Jintara's Fans แฟนจินตหรา Faen Jintara 11 December 2003
Isan Girls' Love Stories ตำนานรักสาวอีสาน Tamnan rak sao Isan 7 December 2004
Luk Thung Mor Lam 2 ลูกทุ่งหมอลำ 2 Luk tung mor lam 2 11 March 2005
Collected Hits 19 Golden Years Volume 1 รวมฮิต 19 ปีทอง ชุด 1 Ruam hit 19 pi tawng chut 1 2006
Collected Hits 19 Golden Years Volume 2 รวมฮิต 19 ปีทอง ชุด 2 Ruam hit 19 pi tawng chut 2 2006
Master Hits 1 มาสเตอร์ฮิต ชุดที่ 1 Master hit chut 1 February 2007
Master Hits 2 มาสเตอร์ฮิต ชุดที่ 2 Master hit chut 2 February 2007



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