At first, producing the CD “Cambodian Forgotten Songs,” which is being released Saturday by the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, seemed straightforward enough: a matter of recording songs compiled by two French researchers in their 1921 book on Cambodian traditional music. The 54 songs that C. Belan and Albert Tricon published in “Chan*sons Cambodgiennes,” or Cambodian songs, nearly a century ago are no longer known in the country. “Some of them go back to a time prior to Hinduism and Bud*dhism in Cambodia,” said Pich Tum Kravel, an adviser to the Ministry of Culture and a performing arts grand
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