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International seminar on “The art of Đờn ca tài tử”

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

On January 9 an international seminar on “The art of Đờn ca tài tử and sentimental performance” was held in HCM city by the HCMC People’s Committee, Music Institute.


 


“Đờn ca tài tử “is a fading genre of folk music which developed and spread mainly in the south of Vietnam during the last century.


 


120 delegates from Germany, France, Cyprus, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore and Japan attended the seminar held in Ho Chi Minh City from January 9-11.


 

Performing don ca tai tu in Sep 23 Park in HCM city

Since April 2010, under the guidance of Vice PM Nguyen Thien Nhan, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in cooperation with HCMC People’s Committee and the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of other southern cities and provinces has been conducting research to trace the origins and systemize the theory of this form of music to present to UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage art form. Signature songs of “Đờn ca tài tử “have been compiled to submit to UNESCO by March 2011, for recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.


 


The seminar is aimed to raise the awareness of the world community on Vietnam’s “đờn ca tài tử”, which has long been one of the most-searched genres of music by foreign travelers, especially by those visiting the Mekong Delta. The seminar also encourages domestic and international preservation and development of the traditional values of “đờn ca tài tử”.


 


“Đờn ca tài tử” is worthy of representation of the southern region of Vietnam, alongside  “ca trù” and “quan họ” of the north, Hue royal court music of the central region and the gong music of Tay Nguyen, which has already been recognized as a cultural heritage by UNESCO.


 


Tran Van Khe, professor and master of Vietnamese traditional music claims that this unique art of music subtly combines both folk and scholarly features and also brings out the creativity of players as the genre is not firmly bound to any fixed formula.


 


Vinh Bao, a master musician stated during a regular music gathering held two weeks ago at the private house of professor Khe, that this art certainly has its rules but these rules are flexible to permit players to express their emotions in different tones, melodies and rhythms. He also believed that even though “đờn ca tài tử” was only 200 years old it should not be an obstruction in its effort to seek recognition as a heritage form.


 

Nguyen Vinh Bao, a master musician , who can play different don ca tai tu instruments

According to Prof Khe, UNESCO has expressed its interest in the reputation and status of “đờn ca tài tử” since 1960.   In 1963, UNESCO officially invited him and a local female singer Bach Hue to record a “đờn ca tài tử” clip entitled “Vietnam Traditions of the South” comprising of 11 tracks, which were later produced as part of a UNESCO Collection. In 1972 another “đờn ca tài tử” clip played by Professor Tran Van Khe and musician Vinh Bao playing different musical instruments was produced and publicized. In 1994, Ocora Radio France coordinated with the two masters and Hai Phuong, a female artist playing 16-chord zither, to produce two albums which became best-sellers in France during that year.


 


“Don ca tai tu” has won international acclaim and admiration, especially amongst connoisseurs of traditional music forms. South Korean expert Sheen Dae-Cheol is one such admirer who praises the charm and special characteristics of the genre. He is one of the dozens of experts who will participate in an international conference on “don ca tai tu”. Due to the influx of western and foreign music, Vietnamese traditional music genre of “don ca tai tu” has survived and not lost its unique musical flavor or aesthetics.


 


Hence it can aptly be concluded that “don ca tai tu” is a very valuable traditional music form which needs to be preserved and enjoyed for posterity. “Don ca tai tu” certainly merits its place on the world stage, notwithstanding being designated as a masterpiece of Oral and Intangible cultural and musical Heritage for all humanity.


 


 



 


Source: SGGP

Tornado leaves 70 homes toppled and roofless in Ca Mau

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Tornado with strong winds, heavy rains and high ocean tides caused much of damage for people in the southern end province of Ca Mau August 14.

Army forces help residents repair and rebuild houses after a tornado lashes Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi districts, Ca Mau Province August 14 (Photo: SGGP)

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the tornado destroyed 23 homes and blew 46 others’ roofs away while another was trucked by lightning in two coastal districts of Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi.


Meanwhile, giant waves sank Nguyen Van Xe’s fishing boat together with seven fishermen into the sea, destinies of these unlucky men have yet known. Elsewhere the border army forces saved 13 other fishermen who fell into the sea during the fierce tornado.


High ocean tides severely engulfed and sent parts of 1,500 meters of the sea dyke tumble in the westward Ca Mau Province.


The same day afternoon, a two-hour downpour inundated streets under 0.2-0.5 meters of floodwaters, causing the worst traffic jam in many years for Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Can Tho City.


Thousands of motorcycles lined up along one kilometer of the street. The downgraded drainage system together with narrow alleys along the street’s sides has been blamed for worsening the flooding.


In the Central Highlands, a tornado raged through Xuan Tho Commune in Da Lat City August 13, leaving about one billion dong in loss.


The one hour tornado, which swept through the commune’s Xuan Thanh Village, uprooted over 500 pines and crushed a truck.


It also crumpled 700 square meters of glasshouses and ravaged much of farming area. Local residents reported that was the worst ever tornado in the area.

Source: SGGP

Tornado leaves 70 homes toppled and roofless in Ca Mau

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

Tornado with strong winds, heavy rains and high ocean tides caused much of damage for people in the southern end province of Ca Mau August 14.

Army forces help residents repair and rebuild houses after a tornado lashes Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi districts, Ca Mau Province August 14 (Photo: SGGP)

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the tornado destroyed 23 homes and blew 46 others’ roofs away while another was trucked by lightning in two coastal districts of Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi.


Meanwhile, giant waves sank Nguyen Van Xe’s fishing boat together with seven fishermen into the sea, destinies of these unlucky men have yet known. Elsewhere the border army forces saved 13 other fishermen who fell into the sea during the fierce tornado.


High ocean tides severely engulfed and sent parts of 1,500 meters of the sea dyke tumble in the westward Ca Mau Province.


The same day afternoon, a two-hour downpour inundated streets under 0.2-0.5 meters of floodwaters, causing the worst traffic jam in many years for Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Can Tho City.


Thousands of motorcycles lined up along one kilometer of the street. The downgraded drainage system together with narrow alleys along the street’s sides has been blamed for worsening the flooding.


In the Central Highlands, a tornado raged through Xuan Tho Commune in Da Lat City August 13, leaving about one billion dong in loss.


The one hour tornado, which swept through the commune’s Xuan Thanh Village, uprooted over 500 pines and crushed a truck.


It also crumpled 700 square meters of glasshouses and ravaged much of farming area. Local residents reported that was the worst ever tornado in the area.

Source: SGGP

Work starts on housing project for the low-income in Ca Mau

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Work starts on housing project for the low-income in Ca Mau


QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

PANO – The southern province of Ca Mau has recently started the construction of a housing project for low-income people in the area.


The VND30 billion project, located on an area of 3,480 sq.m., consists of two six-storey blocks. The ground-floor has management, trade and services offices, a parking place and a community area, while the remainder includes 112 apartment of 36-42 sq.m. each.


The construction of the project is expected to be completed by late 2011.


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Firefighters extinguish blaze in Ca Mau forest after three days

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm




Firefighters extinguish blaze in Ca Mau forest after three days


QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out in the U Minh Ha forest in southernmost Ca Mau province’s Thoi Binh District on May 2. About 90ha of trees were destroyed in the three-day blaze.


However, the director of U Minh Ha Forestry C, Tran Thanh Su, said there was a high risk that the hot and dry weather could cause the fire to break out again from smouldering charcoal.


“Authorities have placed firefighters on 24-hour duty to extinguish any new outbreaks,” he said.


“Investigations are being carried out to find out the cause of the fire,” Su said.


According to the Department of Forest Management, eight provinces and cities nationwide have been placed on forest-fire alert because of the prolonged hot and dry weather.


An Giang, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau and Ninh Thuan provinces are on the highest fire-alert level.


Source: VNS/VOVNews


Source: QDND

Restoring the beauty of traditional Ca tru

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

Traditional culture has become more attractive in modern society, said folk music expert Nguyen Xuan Dien in a recent interview with Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper.

Ph.D. Nguyen Xuan Dien, a music expert

People enjoy time-honored folk culture because it brings them a feeling of psychological balance and a sense of peace and simplicity in today’s modern world, the expert said. That’s why traditional Vietnamese Ca tru music is still so popular, he added.


Dr. Dien is a devotee of Ca tru and works at the Institute of Chinese-transcribed Vietnamese Research in Hanoi.


“I am so happy to know that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has sent a proposal to UNESCO to recognize Vietnamese Ca tru as a masterpiece of oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity.


“The ministry and the people, especially the youth, have recently shown heightened interest in this traditional music and have established many Ca tru clubs throughout the country to restore and promote the valuable art as a Vietnamese cultural and music treasure,” he said.


Ca tru is a special cultural heritage of Vietnam because of its diversified melodies, style, and performance characteristics associated with rituals and etiquette.


The ancient art, which combines music and poetry, also serves as reminder of famous poets like Nguyen Cong Tru, Cao Ba Quat, Tan Da and others.


Modern Ca tru, with only 15-26 melodies, is very different from the old style featuring 66 melodies. Most of the significant differences are related to musical space and time and performance methods.


Experts like Dr. Dien say that transmitting an appreciation of such time-honored music to younger generations is of the utmost importance.


And encouragingly, young people are responding with enthusiasm to Ca tru. In addition to taking part in Ca tru clubs, many youth also attend traditional music festivals or share folk music information on the Internet.
Ca tru thus deserves to continue to be promoted for its significant cultural value, said Dr. Dien.


 

Source: SGGP

Ca Tru school makes debut

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

A school of Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) made its debut in Hanoi on March 18, helping preserve humanity’s intangible cultural heritage.


The Thang Long Ca Tru school is developed from the Thang Long Ca Tru club founded in August, 2006.








Two Ca Tru singers  are performing. A school of Ca Tru makes its debut in Hanoi on March 18, helping preserve humanity’s intangible cultural heritage

Among artists, researchers, musicians and audiences at the debut ceremony were Prof Tran Van Khe, who have made active contributions to promoting Ca Tru abroad, and music researcher Dang Hoanh Loan, who involved in developing documents on the ceremonial songs to submit for UNESCO’s recognition as the world cultural heritage in 2009.


Prof. Tran Van Khe described the establishment of the Thang Long Ca Tru school as an effort in making the art prosper and reviving a type of traditional art activity in former Thang Long.


Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) was listed as a cultural heritage in need of urgent protection by UNESCO at the fourth session of UNESCO inter-governmental committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage in Abu Dhabi September 30, 2009.


‘Ca Tru’, also known as “hat a dao” or “hat noi ” (ceremonial singing) which dates back to the 15th century, has also been listed among 12 intangible global cultural heritage traditions in danger of disappearing.


Ca Tru, like many old and highly developed arts, has many forms. However, the most widely known and widely performed type of ca tru involves only three performers: the female vocalist, a lute player and a spectator (who also takes part in the performance).


The female singer provides the vocals whilst playing her “phach” (small wooden sticks beaten on a small bamboo box to serve as percussion). She is accompanied by a man who plays the “dan day”, a long-necked, three-string lute used almost exclusively for the “ca tru” genre.


Last is the spectator (often a scholar or connoiseur of the art) who strikes a “trong chau” (praise drum) in praise (or disapproval) of the singer’s performance, usually with every passage of the song. The way in which he strikes the drum provides commentary on the performance, but he always does it according to the beat provided by the vocalist’s “phach” percussion.





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Ca Mau Province aims to limit impact of climate change

In Vietnam Environment on September 11, 2009 at 7:39 am

Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau has chosen to implement two project to minimize the impact of climate change and preserve biological diversity, said Pham Khoi Nguyen, Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment on September 10.








Ca Mau protective forest (Photo: Dat Mui Magazine)

Three sides of the province border the sea, which makes it vulnerable to sea-level rises due to climate change.


Climate change and sea level rises not only effect the environment and socio-economic development, it also impacts biological diversity and natural resources in the province, Mr. Nguyen said.


On the same day, the province’s Center of Environmental Technology presented two projects and hydrometeorology experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment contributed their ideas to help the center understand the impacts of sea level rises, possible disasters and flood tides.


The experts also suggested building sea level and natural resource observations to collect data.


Nguyen Xuan Cuong, deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment will direct the two projects in the province and has asked authorities to perfect them soon.


Mr Nguyen said he will continue to work with the Provincial People’s Committee to solve difficulties to help the province better manage natural resources and the environment.


Source: SGGP

Deputy PM praises Ca Mau for its efforts to help poor pupils

In Vietnam Education on September 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm

The deputy Prime Minister and Education and Training Minister, Nguyen Thien Nhan, praised the southernmost province of Ca Mau for its initiatives to help poor children get to school.








Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan (2nd, L) and Ca Mau Province officials present a bicycle to a poor pupil at the province’s Education Fair (Photo: SGGP)

At present, Ca Mau has 495 schools, with 98 percent of children going to school at their proper ages.


Ferries are the main transportation in Ca Mau, as it has many rivers and streams. Many students have quit school because their families cannot afford to give them ferry fares.


One-third of students, who have stopped going to school, have quit school for this reason.


To help poor students continue to go to school, the province has called upon organizations and individuals to contribute to a fund, which provides transport fees to 13,000 pupils, at a cost of VND20 billion per school year.


So far, 13 organizations have contributed VND26 billion to the fund for the 2009-2010 school year, among which, Him Lam Company donated VND15 billion and the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group VND5 billion.


The program is planned to last three years. During this time, Ca Mau will build rural transport systems so that pupils can go to school by other means rather than ferry.


On the occasion of the province’s education fair, beginning from August 28, Deputy PM Nhan officially recognized that the province’s education meets national standards on universalizing education.


For their endeavors, President Nguyen Minh Triet conferred a second-class Labor Medal to the Ca Mau Department of Education and Training and Thai Van Long, director of the department.
On this visit, Deputy PM Nhan awarded a Certificate of Merit to the province’s Party Committee Secretary, Nguyen Tuan Khanh, for his hard work in instructing and assisting the province’s education.


At a meeting with Ca Mau’s Party Committee and People Committee, in relation to the province’s suggestion for building a vocational school, Deputy PM Nhan said existing vocational schools had not met the country’s personnel demands.


Therefore, he said, in the coming time, the establishment of vocational schools will be approved based on the occupational demands of each area.


The Government’s investment in vocational schools will concentrate on improving students’ skills so they can be qualified to work right after graduation, he added.


Source: SGGP

Whale shark caught in Ca Mau province

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:40 pm


Ca Mau (VNA) – A large, strange-looking fish was caught off the southernmost province of Ca Mau on November 5.

The fish, 3.5m in length, 1.6m in width and weighing 350kg, was netted by local fisherman Nguyen Van Cuong.

It was later identified by the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute as a whale shark ( Phincodon typus ). The whale shark is a rare specimen that is found only in deep sea areas.-