The Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts recently celebrated the Chapey Festival at Chaktomuk Hall. The event welcomed chapey dang veng Master Kong Nay home from Japan, where he received the Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize, and to close the National Chapey and One String [the kse diev] Contest.
The chapey dang veng and one string are traditional Khmer stringed instruments.
According to the department’s director, Buth Channa, “The aim of preserving and promoting the chapey dang veng as part of Cambodia’s intangible cultural heritage, and also to increase awareness among
young people of the name means “one string” The art of playing one string is in danger of
The 76 entrants from 25 cities and towns entered the contest in the one string category alone. The top five ranked players on each instrument received prizes: $500 for first and $250 for fifth.