Discovering the fact among the fiction in Roland Meyer’s ‘Khmer Dancer’

Khmer Dance
An intimate look at life behind the scenes at the Royal Palace in the early 20th century, Saramani: Danseuse Khmer has been pored over by historians. New details are emerging about the protagonist, and about the man who portrayed her In February of 1904, after 43 years on the throne, Cambodia’s first King Norodom was celebrating his 70th – and, unexpectedly, last – birthday at the Royal Palace. To mark the auspicious occasion, a huge stage was erected outside, offering the public a rare oppor...
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