Oum Dara, A Famous Violinist and Music Composer in the 1960s and 70s​


A photo of Mr. Oun Dara, a violinist, composer and songwriter. | Photo: Oum Dara Violin

Oum Dara is a music composer and a talented violinist since early 1960. He has composed many famous songs for former famous singers, such as Sin Sisamuth, Ros Serey Sothea, Meas Hokseng, and others.

His most famous songs are “Lolok Nhi Chmol (A Couple of Doves)” sung by Meas Hokseng, “Chhub Sne Oun Tov (Please Stop Loving Me )” by Ros Serey Sothea, “Roub Oun Neng Hery (That's You, My Dear)” and "Ors Song Khoem" (Hopeless) by Sin Sisamuth. 

In addition to these songs, he also composed many other songs for Sin Sisamuth, Ros Serey Sothea, Meas Hokseng, Ung Nary, and others. 

According to Phnom Penh Post, when Mr. Dara was 14 years old, his father hired a French violinist to teach him to play the violin. After knowing it well, he went to work as a music and lyric composer for the national theater. 

Then, he went to work in the National Radio of Cambodia and was very well-known as a music composer of Lolok Nhi Chmol (A Couple of Doves)” sung by Meas Hok Seng in 1966.

During the Khmer Rouge regime, he was forced to work as a violinist. Because of his professional, Mr. Dara was able to escape killing, starvation, and even hard labour. 

Source: Chanbokeo | By: Moeun Kimyan

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