The Cambodian Buddhist Society Podcast

No CommentsMarch 24, 2011 by John

Listen to the entire interview with the Cambodian Buddhist Society, conducted by noted ethnomusicologist Mark Puryear.

Part 1:

Stage/facilities manager Songthareth Omkar talks about why he got involved with the Cambodian Buddhist Society, about its significance and its evolution. (4:54)

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Part 2:

Songthareth Omkar discusses his personal highlights with the Cambodian Buddhist Society. (4:20)

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Part 3:

Dancer/teacher Puthyrith Sek talks about how he arrived in Montgomery County from Cambodia with a Khmer classical dance troupe. He also talks about the importance of keeping the Khmer classical dance tradition alive. (4:59)

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Part 4:

Puthyrith Sek talk about the changes at the Cambodian Buddhist Society and about challenges of retaining students, teachers and members. Co-Art Director Masady Mani recalls her Khmer classical dance teachers in Cambodia and how she arrived in the United States. (4:51)

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Part 5:

Masady Mani discusses her position at the Cambodian Buddhist Society and the challenges of conveying the significance of preserving a culture to the students. (6:04)

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Part 6:

Masady Mani talks about the challenges of keeping former students interested and involved with preserving Cambodian culture. Dancer/teacher Viphas Heng talks about the role of the Monkey in Khmer classical dance. (8:03)

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John Murph is a renowned music/arts journalist and multimedia/interactive web producer.