Khmer Opera Pamina Devi performed by Sophiline Arts Ensemble (AUDIO)

Pamina Devi is a Khmer new written opera performed by Sophiline Arts Ensemble.

Story summarize:

Pamina Devi is the daughter of the King Preah Arun Tipadey and the queen Sayon Reachny. Preah Arun Tipadey rule the power at Daytime kingdom where people are men, while Sayon Reachny rule the power at Nighttime kingdom where all people are woman. But their daughter live with Sayon Reachny. One day, her father want Pamina Devi come to his kingdom because he feel that at Nighttime kingdom all people are woman and cannot teach his daughter what man could do or to strong enough to rule the kingdom in the future. After this, his father send solider to kidnap Pamina Devi to his kingdom.

One day, a man named Preah Chhapoan is fighting with a Garuda. the queen Sayon Reachny the queen come to survive Preah Chhapoan and ask him to be her adopted child and live in her kingdom. Preah Chhapoan often see the queen Sayon Reachny sadness and he come to ask why. The queen said her daughter was kidnapped to her husband’s kingdom and she miss her so much. Preah Chhapoan promised to bring back Pamina Devi from the King Preah Arun Tipadey of Daytime kingdom. On the way to Daytime kingdom, he meet a hunter and asked to go to Daytime kingdom. Hunter agreed and free all hunted animal except a bird in the cage then carry the bird on the shoulder.

Preah Chhapoan meet Pamina Devi at Daytime kingdom and fall in love with her. The King Preah Arun Tipadey get annoyed when knew this and send soldier to kill Preah Chhapoan. Pamina Devi beg his father not to kill. The king has two options for Preah Chhapoan: to concentrate without speak any word for a period of time then come to meet Pamina Devi or to fight. Preah Chhapoan choose the first option.

Lonely Pamina Devi during Preah Chhapoan’s concentration. The queen Sayon Reachny send her spirit to meet Pamina Devi and left a knife by advice her to kill the king to release Preah Chhapoan; otherwise, she will no longer being her mother. Pamina Devi more and more sad because she not clear whether to choose Preah Chhapoan or her father. She came to discuss with Preah Chhapoan. Preah Chhapoan must respect the rule which not allow to talk just one word during concentration. Just like talk to the stone with no answer. Pamina Devi cry and sad in front of Preah Chhapoan. Preah Chhapoan see the sadness then he decided to stop concentration and break the rule to cheer Pamina Devi. The soldier of Daytime kingdom come to see then fight with Preah Chhapoan. The Nighttime also send soldier come to fight at that time. The hunter, who come with Preah Chhapoan, he don’t want to see the fight. He knock his magic bell to cease the fight. Everyone stop the fight and back to their position. The king and the queen agreed to marry Preah Chhapoan to Pamina Devi but they two must live at Daytime kingdom.

Talk about the hunter after peace, he start feeling lonely. He release the bird in the cage. Then the bird become a very pretty woman. The hunter love and woman and live happy ending.

 

 

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