Last week, we were saddened to hear of the death of Lokru Srey Bandaul, co-founder of social circus Phare Ponleu Selpak. CircusTalk would like to extend our condolences to Srey Bandaul’s friends and family, the entirety of Phare Circus, and everyone else whose life he touched. Srey Bandaul was a great proponent of the arts and spread hope to many of his students. Executive director of Phare, Osman Phareps, leaves us with the following letter.
Last night, our hearts shattered with the news our beloved Lokru Srey Bandaul had passed, succumbing to COVID-19. The entire arts community of Cambodia and beyond is devastated, losing such a beautiful soul way too soon. Bandaul co-founded Phare Ponleu Selpak with his friends and their teacher, to bring light into the lives of those traumatized by the war. He shared his love for art with hundreds of children, mentoring many who went on to become great artists, carrying his spirit forward. Lokru, or teacher as we all lovingly called him, truly believed in the power of arts to heal. He carried with him a beautiful energy, a constant light of hope and gentle determination. Srey Bandaul played an important role in restoring the visual arts to Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge tragedy. We will always remember Lokru as the kindest, gentlest and most big-hearted soul, who was always ready to help anyone in need. Bandaul is irreplaceable and will be forever missed. Everyo...
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