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Tip Sangva

Lakhon Bassac Tip Sangva Songs

These are the songs that will be used in a traditional Cambodian Opera called Lakhon Bassac. The title of the story is Tip Sangva. The show will be performed during the Cambodian Festival in September 2017. 

Story written by Ben Bao based on a legend told by word of mouth.

Music was produced by students of the university of Fine Arts, Lakhon Bassac Unit. Cambodian Community Day pays for the production. Songs lyric and dialogs are mostly written by Ben Bao. Lakhon Bassac Unit modifies some of the contents to suit the rythm of the song, but the main idea remain as in the original plan. 


Once upon a time, there were two kingdoms, one ruled by an Asura (yeak), Yeak Pinreach and his son, Yeak Veyroth; another kingdom (Ketak Champou Borey) was ruled by King Aphay Soriya and Queen Phay Somaly. They have a daugther named Tip Sangva. King Aphay Soriya had trained Tip Sangva all the fighting skills. Yeak the son Veyroth, falls in love with Tip Sangva. Yeak the father, Pinreach, had asked king Aphay Soriya's permission for his son to marry Tip Sangva. He refused. The Yeaks were not happy. They wanted to take Tip Sangva by force, but they were unable to, because King Aphay Soriya was a powerful king. So they waited for an opportunity to exist in their favor.

Times passed by. King Aphay Soriya felt gravely ill. The Yeaks learned about the news, realized that the time had come. They declared war with Ketak Champou Borey. Meanwhile, King Aphay Soriya summoned all ministers, Queen Phay Somaly and his daughter Tip Sangva to attend a meeting at the Royal Hall to discuss a way to defend the kingdom. Tip Sangva said she will lead an army to fight again the Yeaks. The cabinet members and the Queen were all against the idea, citing that Tip Sangva is a girl, and by rule, cannot lead the army to fight a war. Frustrated by the situation, king Aphay Soriya asked for prayer service to ancestors asking them to show him a way. So there was a praying ceremony. The Indra heard the prayer, responded it by send an angel with a ring which when Tip Sangva wears, she will become a young man. Tip Sangva accepted the rings from the Indra and wore it to become a fine Prince. She named herself Sangva Vong and led the army to fight the Yeaks. 

When Yeak Pinreach saw prince Sangva Vong, he looked down on him as a joke. He ordered his son Veyroth to killed Sangva Vong. Instead, Sangva Vong killed Veyroth. Then yeak Pinreach led a fight against Sangva Vong.

There was a hermit who lived in the mountain. He raised a young prince, name Chao Phirun, whom he rescued from a garuda who stole the young prince from his parent years ago. Chao Phirun learned all fighting skills and magic from the hermit. He is now a grown-up prince. He had a will to find his parent that the hermit had been telling him about. So he went to the hermit, asked permission to go and look for his parent. The hermit agreed. Chao Phirun set out a journey. 

Meanwhile, the fighting between Sangva Vong and Yeak Pinreach was still going on. Yeak Pinreach was about to kill Sangva Vong when Chao Phirun arrived and saw the whole thing. He killed Yeak Pinreach and rescued Sangva Vong.

Sangva Vong thanked Chao Phirun who asked him to be his adopted brother. Sangva Vong at one point was annoyed by the teasing of Chao Phirun, involved in a little fight. The ring came off from Sangva Vong's finger. Then appeared Tip Sangva. Chao Phirun fell for Tip Sangva's beauty, then in love. Tip Sangva returned love for him. The two went to attend her parent at the palace. Then, they proceeded to looking form Chao Phirun's parent.

Lakhon Bassac show for Cambodian Festival, September 2017

song 1: Yeak Pinreach summoned his son

song 2: Yeak Veyroth on the way to attend his father

Song 3: King Aphay Soriya call for a meeting

Song 4: Tip Sangva goes to attend the meeting

Song 5: King Aphay Soriya asks To lead the army

Song 6: Chao Phirun and Ta Eisey

Song 7: Chao Phirun journey

Song 8: The battle of yeaks and Tip Sangva

Song 9: Chao Phirun discovers Sangva Vong is Tip Sangva

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