Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi was born on January 8, 1943 as daughter to His Royal Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, and her mother Néak Phat Kanhol. HRH Princess Buppha Devi began her studies at the age of six at the Sothearos Primary School and at the same time, began her classical dance training at the school of dance of the Royal Palace. The Princess gave her first professional performance at the age of eight in honor of the King of Laos. She immediately became recognized as a distinguished artist and performed until 1970 at which point she accompanied her father the King to China. As a dancer, the Princess performed for distinguished dignitaries from France, China, the United States, Indonesia, Korea, Burma, the Soviet Union and many others.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Princess trained young dancers on the Cambodian / Thai border. Following the Paris Conference of 1991, she returned to Cambodia with her father King Sihanouk. Immediately upon her return, the Princess continued to work in the cultural domain. Following the elections of 1993, the King and the Royal Government of Cambodia bestowed on the Princess the role of Advisor in charge of the fine arts, in particular classical court dance. From 1999-2004, HRH Princess Bopha Devi served as Cambodia’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts. HRH Norodom Buppha Devi continues to choreograph, adding works to the classical repertory of the Royal Ballet. She has been instrumental in nurturing a new generation of gifted artists in close collaboration with her colleagues who survived the tumultuous period of the Khmer Rouge. The Royal Ballet that tours internationally today does so under her vigilant leadership and guidance.