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Rekindling Khmer arts

Your article on the long lost memm, the instrument pictured on Angkorian bas reliefs

and till recently thought extinct, was excellent. As Co-President of the Board of

Directors of Cambodian Living Arts, a project of World Education, I am delighted

by your piece about the memm. It compellingly tells the story of the return of this

important instrument to traditional Khmer music after an absence of so many years.

Alas, the Post article repeatedly misstates our organization's name as "Cambodian

Master Performers Program". "CMPP," or the Masters Program as we now

call it, was our original founding project. It continues as our core program supporting

music masters who survived Pol Pot as teachers and performers, but is now only one

of over 15 projects that support a larger vision. Cambodian Living Arts' broader

mission is to help generate a lively renewal of Khmer arts, helping return the traditional

arts and new creativity to the core of Khmer identity. Cambodian Living Arts looks

ahead toward a day when the living arts, rather than the Killing Fields, will become

the international signature of Cambodia. We believe that the arts are Cambodia's

great renewable natural resource, one that can become a significant engine for economic

as well as cultural growth.

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