Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Less than idyllic

Koh Rong island off the coast of Cambodia has proved a less than idyllic venue for Koh Lanta, the French version of the Survivor TV series. One of the contestants died on the first day of filming, from a heart attack, and now the series' doctor has committed suicide because of the damage to his reputation, according to a note left behind. Koh Rong is better known for its sandy beaches and backpacker bungalows, two hours boat-time from Sihanoukville.

Don't forget the author John Shors will be at Monument Books this coming Saturday at 5pm to discuss his novels, including his latest, set in ancient Cambodia, called Temple of a Thousand Faces.

Over at Cambodian Living Arts, a new exhibition, Prethea Cha (Masters), was launched on 2 April at the CLA Gallery on Sothearos Boulevard. It showcases the work of German photographer Jessica Hetke, who spent time at the homes of three of CLA’s traditional arts teachers, with her images providing a view into their everyday lives. Sok Duch is a Master of Classical Wedding Music and was declared a “Human Living Treasure” by Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in 2008, for his unique knowledge of traditional music and musical instrument making. Pich Sarath is a young and talented teacher of long-neck 2-stringed guitar Chapei Dang Weng, who lives in a pagoda in the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Koeut Ran, who although became blind, proclaims her faith in Buddha by chanting traditional Smot poetry.

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