Comprehensive foreign media reported that on November 18, the Cambodian royal family released a sad news – at 12:30 noon that day, the eldest princess Norodom pahadawi died in Thailand hospital at the age of 76, which caused a storm on the Internet.
Pahadevi is the daughter of Norodom Sihanouk, the old king of Cambodia, and princess paganto, the first wife. She is the same father as Sihamoni, the current king.
She was a well-known dancer and politician in Cambodia before her death. She changed the world’s perception of Cambodia with her graceful dancing posture, and saved the Cambodian classical dance that was on the verge of extinction with her own efforts. She is known as the symbol of Cambodian classical dance.
After the news of pahadevi’s death, Cambodian people published some old photos and dancing videos of her on the Internet to mourn her. King Sihamoni also expressed his grief through social media, and Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia directly declared November 20 as the national mourning day and lowered the flag at half mast.
It is reported that pahadevi was born in January 1943, when her grandfather, Norodom suramarith, the king of her mother country, and queen gothmann niarri were still alive. Influenced by her grandmother, niarri, pahadevi began to learn Cambodian classical Palace dance from the age of 5.
The dance has a history of 1000 years in Cambodia and is famous for its gorgeous decoration, slow and beautiful body movements and changeable gestures.
When she studied the dance, she showed amazing talent. As a teenager, she was the chief dancer of Royal Cambodian Dance Troupe, often leading the troupe to tour around the world and promote Cambodian culture.
During this period, she relied on this identity and played an important role in her father Sihanouk’s diplomatic activities. For example, in 1964, at the age of 21, she went to France with Sihanouk to perform Cambodian classical dance at the Paris Opera House, which was widely reported by the French media and praised by French President Dai LEGO at that time.
Milton Osborne, a biographer of Sihanouk, once described the dance of paludavi in this way. “In fact, Sihanouk’s main female dancer is her beautiful daughter, pahadevi, which adds a special charm to these performances.”
He said that it wasn’t just dalegogh who was fascinated by the dance of paludavi. Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Margaret also spoke highly of her.
It is understood that in the 1970s, the inheritance of Cambodian classical dance was severely damaged. In order to let this traditional culture be passed on, in recent decades, pahua Dawei has rarely performed in public, turning from the stage to the background, focusing on training dance talents and promoting the dance.
Thanks to her efforts, Cambodian classical dance has been successfully passed down to this day and has long been listed as the intangible cultural heritage of mankind.
Because of her outstanding contributions to Cambodian art and culture, she has an irreplaceable position in the hearts of Cambodian people.
“For everyone in Cambodia, it’s a star. She is the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. ” Said a founder of the dance academy.
And now even if pavadevi is gone, some things will not disappear. As Prince sisowa tomoniko, a member of the Cambodian royal family, said: “Cambodia will remember that Cambodian classical dance has been listed as a part of the world heritage because of Princess Napa huadai Wei.”
It is said that the body of pahadevi will soon return to Cambodia.