Norodom Buppha Devi Bio
Norodom Buppha Devi was a Cambodian princess and director of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia.
She was the daughter of Norodom Sihanouk and the late Neak Moneang Phat Kanthol, the elder sister of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, and a half-sibling of current King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni.
Norodom Buppha Devi Family Name and Meaning
Buppha Devi comes from Pali words puppha, meaning flower, and devi , meaning goddess. The name is also romanised as “Bopha Devi” or “Bophadevi”.
Norodom Buppha DeviBiography
She then toured the world as the principal dancer of the Royal Ballet with Queen Kossamak, performing in public. In the past the ballet had been performed only before royalty to commemorate their dynastic ancestors and to honour the gods.Buppha Devi finished her high school education at Lycée Preah Norodom in Phnom Penh. As a young princess, her grandmother, Queen Sisowath Kossamak, chose her to become a dancer early in her life. At the age of 15, she became the premiere dancer of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia. At the age of 18, she was granted the title of prima ballerina.
Buppha Devi married in 1959 at the age of fifteen, and had five children:
- Princess Sisowath Moni Kossoma (born 1960)
- Princess Sisowath Kalyan Tevi (born 1961)
- Keo Chinsita Forsinetti (born 1965)
- Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh (born 1968)
- Prince Sisowath Veakchiravuddh (born 1973)
Buppha Devi served as the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia.
Norodom Buppha Devi Death and Cause
Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, the eldest daughter of the late King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, died at the age of 76.
“Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, a Privy Counsellor to the King and a Member of the Constitutional Council, passed away on Nov. 18, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. due to illness (at a hospital in Thailand),” the Constitutional Council said in a statement.
Buppha Devi was a half-sibling of current King Norodom Sihamoni.
The Constitutional Council of Cambodia, of which he was a member, announced that he died Monday in a hospital in Thailand. The cause of death was not declared.
Buppha Devi learned to dance when he was a small child and became the main dancer of the royal company before the age of 18.
He fled Cambodia in 1975 before taking over Khmer Rouge and returned to the country in 1991 with his father.
From 1999 to 2004 she was Minister of Culture and in 2018 she directed classical dance groups for performances abroad.
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