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Friday, August 10, 2012

SIENG Vanthy, “Younger Sister of SIENG Dy and Singer from the Late 1960s”

SIENG Vanthy

SIENG Vanthy was born on January 08, 1948 in Prey Veng Province. Her father, SO Chin, was a former comedian and her mother, EM Somrith, was a former Lakhorn Bassac Performer. She has 4 sisters and a brother; she was a fourth child and her sister, SIENG Dy, was a famous singer since the mid 1950s. SIENG Vanthy attended the singing contest in early 1960 and got a first rank for female singers with the song “Kyol Kompul Phnom”, original singer KEO Montha. Then she started studying at Fine Arts School (Sala Phoumin Vichet Silapak) and graduated in 1968. Later, she joined with her sister to sing for SKD Singing Group in Russey Keo. She married POV Som On in 1970 giving birth to a son, POV Monireth. In 1972, she left SKD Singing Group for Kong Pul Toch Thmeu Cherng Ti 13 Singing Group until the fall of Khmer Republic. She was forced to leave Phnom Penh for countryside on April 17, 1975 with her son and husband. They were ordered to work hard in the rice field as other citizens having only porridge and hiding all information from Khmer Rouge officers. In 1979, she returned to Phnom Penh being a singer again. Later, she got divorce with her husband in 1980 because of the jealousy. Her singing career continued well and in 1983 without marriage she lived with her new husband, OUK Synareth, who was a former husband of ROS Sereysorphorn died in Pol Pot Regime with ROS Sereysothea in Kompong Speu Province. Living with OUK Synareth, SIENG Vanthy gave birth to a daughter and a son, RETH Thida (Called TA TA) and RETH Thidona. She gave up her singing career after her husband died in 1995 and took career as a tailor. She died at 13:45 on December 09, 2009 in the Khmer-Soviet Hospital because of serious illness. “Loving Cambodia, never leaving even though a hard time came and gone later!”

By: POK Panhavuth