Earth Anthem in Cambodia 2021
Yeng Chheangly has produced this Cambodian rendition of Abhay K‘s renowned Earth Anthem.
The celebrated Indian poet, artist, and diplomat Abhay K wrote Earth Anthem to eulogize the Earth and its natural and human beauty. Earth Anthem has been translated into over 70 languages spoken across the world including all six official UN languages.
YENG CHHEANGLY translated the verse into Khmer and collaborated with friends to create this moving video. He allowed us to share his letter to Abhay K upon the completion of his project.
Then and now, it has been 6 years since brother poet Chath pierSath introduced me to you, Abhay K. And it was my third experience in translating poem from English, as ESL, into Khmer. Lately, you’ve checked with me if I would like to participate to celebrate Earth Day by reading Earth Anthem in Khmer. And why not.
I then thought of how I should simply put my phone on a tripod and read normally. Yet, I found out another idea of putting drone footages, contributed by one of my friends, plus adding some of my time-lap. But how? How could I do that?
I then thought of the moving image idea that I was learning when I met my beloved brother Tomyo Costa Ito. He is a cinema researcher and video artist who encouraged me a lot to start exploring moving images with poetry.
Therefore, I am so pleased to share my light voice in Khmer interacting with moving images as well as your beautiful Earth Anthem. I hope this small effort could be the first to celebrate Earth Day together. – Yeng Chheangly
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