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Chhorn Chanvireak, who goes by Kru Athan, in a photo posted to his Facebook page.

Ancient Martial Art Sprouts Green Shoots Among New and Old

A l’bokator master’s wife is compiling her late husband’s writings into a book; pagodas are opening their gates to Cambodia’s ancient, spirituality-infused martial art; and officials are looking for world-heritage status and pushing a modernized version as an Olympic sport.

Srey Bandaul, co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak, stands among sculptures and paintings in a gallery, in a photo provided by Phare.

Artist, Phare School Founder Dies From Covid-19 at Age 49

Srey Bandaul, 49, one of the founders of world-renowned art school Phare Ponleu Selpak, died from Covid-19 on Wednesday evening. “He passionately believed in arts as a tool to heal. Arts healed him and made him a more peaceful person. He truly embodied the arts,” the school’s director said.