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.