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Apsara Dancer of Cambodia

The ancient Apsaras live on in sculptures on the many temple walls in Cambodia and in the lives of the Khmer people.

The Apsara's trademark : voluptuous curves and innocent gaze can transport the viewer to this bygone era. The gestures of the Apsaras come alive through the carvings on the wall and ensure their legacy is passed on from one generation to another.

We observed that on stage when the curtain opened, the Apsara dancers stood in the same stance as the Apsara sculptures. Then they danced and at the end of which, the dancers wrapped in the same stance as the Apsara sculptures once again.

In the past, the Apsara dance was an unique form of dancing reserved only for special events and ordinary people were rarely able to watch it, but now everyone can watch the Apsara dancing live on stage (though the mediocrity has crept in into this art form)

An enduring symbol that still enchants people through the centuries and inspires some to attempt to replicate their perfection. The celestial dancers represent an undeniable window into the past- proving to be much, much more than a simple dance routine. Their skill and beauty outshines their more static stone counterparts - who they themselves strive to imitate.

I think I would have taken this shot in the split second, when she was not in dance motion. Her brooding eyes are really beautiful!

F Length = 432 mm
Hand held
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