Bosba Panh has been performing on stage since the age of 7. She continued to perform in front of Cambodian audiences, culminating in a huge show inside Angkor Wat in 2011. Now 16, she last year moved to the United States, to study music at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Mass. In an interview with VOA Khmer, she said one of her goals is to bring Cambodian music into the international spotlight. (Poch Reasey, Massachusetts)
Cambodia’s Royal Ballet performed in New York earlier this month for the first time in decades. The performance, part of the Season of Cambodia arts festival, was not just a pleasure for Americans to see, however. It also brought pride to many Cambodians who fled their home country and ended up as far as Canada and the United States. VOA Khmer’s Poch Reasey reports from New York.
An estimated 80 percent of Cambodia’s artists were among some two million victims of the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s; their skills and knowledge were lost since Cambodian culture is still largely oral. But in the last two decades, a new generation of Cambodian artists has sought to revive those classical arts and invent new forms. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports on New York's “Season of Cambodia”, a festival designed to help further that revival.