Apsara is the most important classical dance in the Kingdom of Cambodia. It originated in Cambodia and dates back centuries. Apsara is anchored in ancient Khmer culture.

Apsaras are beautiful female spirits that rule the clouds and waters. They uniquely perform the enchanting Apsara dance. Buddhist and Hindu mythology alike believe these heavenly nymph-like creatures descend from the heavens to visit the earth.  Apsaras are messengers of peace between kings and gods.

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The Cambodian Circus or Phare in Khmer is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion incredibly choreographed and performed through a story focusing on Cambodian lives, culture and society. (more…)

Music in Cambodia comes from a variety of different cultural traditions dating back to the ancient Khmer Empire. In more recent times, Cambodian music has seen a quick westernization of the popular music scene.

Traditional Cambodian Art music has been influenced by ancient and Hindu forms. The religious dancing, many of which depict stories and ancient myths, are common in Cambodian culture. Many of the dances are accompanied by a pinpeat orchestra, which includes a ching (cymbal), roneat (bamboo xylophone), pai au (flute), sralai (oboe), chapey (bass banjo), gong (bronze gong), tro (fiddle), and different kinds of drums. Cambodia in the 1950s saw a revival in classical dance thanks in part to Queen Sisowath Kossamak Nearyrath leading the movement.

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