Ethnomusicologist honored with PM's Certificate of Merit

Ethnomusicologist and master of don ca tai tu Nam bo (southern amateur music), Nguyen Vinh Bao received the Prime Minister's Certificate of Merit for outstanding contribution in preserving and promoting the form of art as well as conserving traditional culture.

Nguyen Vinh Bao receives the Prime Minister's Certificate of Merit for outstanding contribution in preserving and promoting southern amateur music.  (Photo: Sggp)

Mr. Bao, 96, was born in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap. He is the first person who introduces the traditional music to audience. He could play various folk musical instruments by age 10.

He is one of the founders of the National Music School (now known as Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music) and taught music here for 10 years from 1956 to 1966.

He is the only remaining master of don ca tai tu Nam bo to teach foreigners in English, French, Cambodian, Japanese, Chinese and other languages.

The musician has spent several years in trying to improve and perfect Dan Tranh , the Vietnamese 16-string zither. The common 16-stringed Dan Tranh had disappeared since the appearance of 17, 19 and 21 stringed instruments, which were Nguyen Vinh Bao's innovation in 1950.

By Thuy Binh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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