Monthly Archives: November 2013

Grabbing the Blue Tiger : a documentary on Northern Khmer musical traditions

Grabbing the Blue Tiger : The Past and Future of Northern Khmer Musical Arts
Length: 00:29:28
Language: Northern Khmer with English subtitles
Year of production: 2013

This film by Chaimongkol Chalermsukjitsri and Peter Vail documents traditional kandrim, an art form among Khmer speakers in northeastern Thailand. Kandrim features the extemporaneous production of lyrics connected to traditional meters and is regarded by its practitioners as a vital component of Northern Khmer heritage. The focus on kandrim reveals a high degree of ambivalence about the connection between literacy and heritage among Northern Khmer speakers.

The documentary is one of many research projects  of the Culture and Rights Project of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre in Bangkok. Latest news from the project can be found on their homepage.

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Framing the Sacred – Cambodian Buddhist Painting

Exhibition: Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, 20 November 2013 – 20 March 2014

Buddhist paintings in Cambodia serve in rituals, for teaching, and as a means of making space sacred. The exhibit presents works on cloth and glass from the collection of Joel Montague that embody both the religious stories and doctrines of Cambodian Buddhism and the traditions of Cambodian culture.

A very detailed catalog of the exhibit compiled by Trent Walker, including images of the paintings, translations of painting inscriptions and accompanying Khmer liturgical material, and a short introductory essay, is freely available online.

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