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Big hole appears on Ham Luong Bridge surface

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:48 am

A big hole with 1.5 meters diameter and 4 meters deep on October 2 suddenly appeared on the surface of the Ham Luong Bridge, which connects three islands of the southern province of Ben Tre.

The breakdown fortunately did not cause any accident for people and transport. The province transport department blocked the scene and alerted to people.

It also is investigating the cause of the breakdown.

Ham Luong Bridge was opened to traffic on April 24 this year. The 8,216-m bridge, which links Ben Tre City and Mo Cay Bac District, has a span of 150m, the longest span in Viet Nam, and four lanes in a width of 16m.

The bridge, costed at VND787 billion (US$39 million) in total was built by Vietnamese engineers.

Source: SGGP

Family artist members shine in special cai luong show

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Cai luong’s lovers will have chance to enjoy a special program of the Southern traditional music performed by five generations of famous actors and actresses of the Minh To troupe.

Cai luong veteran actress Bach Le (L) and People’s Artist Thanh Tong. (Photo: Sggp)

The program titled, “Gin vang giu ngoc” (Keeping valuable treasure of traditional music), introduces two well-known cai luong classical plays to audiences: Cau tho yen ngua and Dieu Tam Xuan bao phu cuu (Dieu Tam Xuan takes a revenge of her husband) or Tram Trinh An (Beheading military general Trinh An).

Onstage, veteran couples Thanh Bach and Bach Le, Dien Thanh and Bach Luu, People’s Artist Thanh Tong, Truong Son, Thanh Loan, Bach Long, dramatic actor Thanh Loc and young actresses Tu Suong, Trinh Trinh and Que Tran will perform.

The Minh To troupe is regarded as a cai luong family with many talents, who always have done their best to restore and preserve the family tradition.

Director Vu Minh, who has a great love for cai luong, persuaded the Minh To Troupe to organize a special program to commemorate the traditional career of their family. Thanh Bach and Bach Le from France and Dien Thanh and Bach Luu from Australia were planning to visit their mother, the artist Huynh Mai, in Ho Chi Minh City, making the show possible. 

It is also a chance for family members to gather onstage.

The cai luong show will take place at Ben Thanh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City from July 23 to 25 and 30 to 31.

Source: SGGP

Father of modern cai luong finds rest place in homeland

In Vietnam Culture on October 1, 2009 at 10:01 am

The very first historical and cultural memorial erected to late musician Cao Van Lau has been opened for public view in the Mekong province of Bac Lieu on September 30.

Ribbon cutting to inaugurate the memorial on September 30 (Photo: Lao Dong Newspaper)
The moemorial, located on three hectares of Ward 2 of Bac Lieu town cost approximately VND6.3 billion (US$350,000).
The monument includes the tomb of the late artiste and a house featuring his discography, personal items and details about the birth of the immortal song “Da co hoai lang”. The song is about a wife, who hears a far-off battle drum late at night and becomes tormented with missing her husband, who is away at war.
The song is widely accepted as the most important development of modern vong co and cai luong (Southern traditional music)
On the occasion of the inauguration, the Cao Van Lau cai luong troupe paid a visit to the monument and hosted an anniversary of the late artiste with plenty of activities, such as a drum performance, carrying a thurible, offering tea and rice wine to the artiste and some musical performances.
The province also presented the Cao Van Lau Awards to ten musicians and composers who have made great contributions to the development of Southern cai luong.
Cao Van Lau, 1892-1976, is considered the father of modern vong co and cai luong and one of Vietnam’s best musicians. He started composing at the age of 20 after four years tutelage by the popular local musician Le Tai Khi.

After three years of marriage to his wife, there was still no child, Lau was forced to send his wife back to her family in accordance with local customs at the time. This hurt came to inspire Lau to compose his best-known love-song, “Da co hoai lang,” which later had great influence on cai luong and vong co music.

Source: SGGP

Festival commemorates cai luong composer

In Vietnam Culture on September 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm

More than 3,000 people, together with cai luong singers and playwrights from Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces, took part in the opening ceremony of a cai luong festival at Bac Lieu Province Convention Center September 29.

Artists receive flowers and certificates of merit from the organization board in the opening ceremony of the cai luong festival on September 29. (Photo:TTO)
The event features many cultural activities, such as a special performance celebrating the anniversary of the ancestor of cai luong by Cao Van Lau cai luong troupe; national professional cai luong theater festival with attendance of 19 cai luong troupes; releasing lanterns in Bac Lieu River, visiting the grave of the late cai luong composer Cao Van Lau; and presenting the Cao Van Lau Award for contributions to art and literature.

There are also seminars and an exhibition of the life and career of Cao Van Lau, as well as a trade and tourism fair.

The festival aims to praise the beauty of Bac Lieu, honor the late cai luong composer Cao Van Lau and describe his life and career, as well as commemorate the 90-year-old cai luong song “Da co hoai lang” (Missing husband whilst hearing drumbeat at midnight).

The cai luong composer Cao Van Lau was born in December 22, 1892 in Long An Province and moved to Bac Lieu at the age of four, and died in 1976.

He wrote the immortal cai luong piece “Da co hoai lang” in 1919, which tells the story of a wife who waits for her husband to return from the battlefield.

The song is the most popular of cai luong works and is regarded as an invaluable spiritual property of the nation’s musical history and Southern people.

The festival will run until October 3.

Related article:
Delta province set to hold cai luong festival

Source: SGGP

City marks cai luong traditional day

In Vietnam Culture on September 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm

A special performance to commemorate anniversary of the ancestor of cai luong will be held at the Hung Dao Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on September 29.

Cai luong actress Bach Tuyet and actor Minh Vuong perform in a scene of the play titled Doi co Luu (Mrs.Luu’s life)  (Photo: Vnexpress)

More than 100 stalwarts and young actors and dancers like People’s Artist Thanh Tong, Meritorious Artist Bach Tuyet, Thoai Mieu, Minh Vuong, Vu Linh, Thanh Kim Hue, Phuong Loan, Kim Tu Long, Thoai My, Chau Thanh, Vu Luan, Tu Suong, Trinh Trinh, Khanh Tuan, and others will take part.

The traditional day was previously organized in the traditional theater house at 133 Co Bac Street in District 1 by the artists’ mutual assistance board under the HCMC Stage Association’s in the morning of September 29.

Another performance of cai luong and music will be also held in Dam Sen Park by Nu Cuoi Moi (New Smile) Theater and comedian Hoai Linh in the evening of September 29.

A celebration featuring traditional rites will be organized by the HCM City Hat Boi (classical opera) Art Theater on September 30.

In addition, a cai luong festival Da co hoai lang (Missing husband whilst hearing drumbeat) will be held from September 29 to October 3 in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. The festival is named after the old song written by Cao Van Lau and improved into vong co– a major structure of traditional music in cai luong.

Source: SGGP

Cai luong stalwart passes away

In Vietnam Culture on September 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Veteran cai luong actress Thanh Thanh Hoa died in Ho Chi Minh City on September 20 at the age of 67.

Veteran cai luong actress Thanh Thanh Hoa

Ms. Hoa, real name Nguyen Thi Anh, was born in 1943 in Sai Gon, as HCMC was then known. She was introduced to cai luong at age of 12.

She was well-known for her roles in plays like Cat Dung Phuong Tu, Cay quat lua hong (Pink silk fan), Tieng trong sang canh (Announced drumbeat of time), and won cai luong‘s most prestigious honor, the Thanh Tam golden medal, in 1961.

She spent the last years of her life in peace and quiet, taking care of her grandchildren and ornamental plants, said her daughter and meritorious cai luong actress, Thanh Thanh Tam.

Her body is being kept at Truong Thanh Pagoda in HCMC’s District 1 and a burial ceremony will be held at the Artists’ Pagoda in Go Vap District on September 22.


Source: SGGP