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Kimsor performs in a traditional Cambodian opera, or lakhorn yike. KT/Srey Kumneth

Theng Kimsor, 27, who recently graduated with a degree in production from the Royal University of Fine Arts, played the main role of “Tom” in a performance of the traditional Cambodian opera “Tom Teav” at CJCC last week. The traditional art form is known as lakhorn yike in Khmer.

“When I was young, I fell passionately in love with the classical arts and lakhorn, and got totally engaged with it. I didn’t know anything about lakhorn yike before I started studying it. I fell in love with it and the many disciplines it involves: dancing, singing, and performing,” Mr Kimsor said.

He has studied three forms of drama: lakhorn yike, Bassac and lakhorn niyeay. He also studied the basics of dancing.

Before he applied scholarship to  Cambodian Living Arts in 2008, Mr. Kimsor had already been studying lakhorn niyeay for two years. He hopes that in the future, knowledge of lakhorn and all of the traditional Khmer arts will spread around the globe. Most importantly, he wants Cambodians to be taught and understand more about lakhorn yike.

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