Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cambodian Artists Received Medals for the Best Performances

BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

A total of 67 Cambodian artists including singers, film actors, music composers, dancers and organizers have received medal awards from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for their good performances, hard work and organization of the Khmer Visual Arts: “30 years of Survival and Development” in Cambodia.

The Medals Awarding Ceremony was celebrated at the Head Office of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and presided over by Him Chhem, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts on April 12.

The medal awarding is aiming to provide the honors to these 67 Cambodian artists for their hard work, well-preparation and performance in organizing the Khmer Visual Arts: “30 years of Survival and Development” which was held on March 3, 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The Minister said that the medals show their hard work, values and contribution to the development and conservation of the Khmer Visual Arts, traditional culture and arts in Cambodia.

“On behalf of the Royal government of Cambodia as well as the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, I am really so proud and appreciate your hard work and contributions to the development and preservation of Khmer traditional culture, Khmer visual arts and arts during your 30-years working and performing in Cambodia,” he said during his opening remarks of the awarding ceremony.


The Minister said that during the past 30 years, Khmer visual arts have also raised Cambodian profiles at the international stage and attracted foreign tourists visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia.

To promote Khmer visual arts as well as culture and traditions, his ministry will work hard, conduct research and collect the artistic achievements or visual arts for publications, he said, adding that his ministry also planned to produce more Khmer visual arts and other art performing activities in order to serve for general education and promote Khmer culture and tourism in the future.

“I would like to encourage all of you to continue your hard works and performance to preserve our Khmer culture in the future,” he said.

Yon Tum, Lakhaon Khol performer, who received a gold medal from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Art, said that he was happy to receive the gold medal from the ministry.
He added that he has been performing a Lakhaon Khol about 30 years in Cambodia.

“I am happy and it is my first time to win the gold medal from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. To preserve Khmer Visual Arts for the next generations, I will continue to perform Lakhaon Khol until I am retired,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview. /// With Picture///

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