National Ca Tru festival 2014 to open next week

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has just announced that the national Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) festival 2014 will be taken place in Hanoi on August 25. 

         Ca Tru perfromance (Photo: VNA)

Ca tru clubs and artists from 15 provinces and cities nationwide, including Ha Noi, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ha Tinh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Phu Tho, Thanh Hoa, Thai Binh and Vinh Phuc will join the event.

Ca Tru, known as “hat a dao” or “hat noi ”, originally appeared in the early 11th century and developed in the 15th century. Ca tru singing is originated from folk music and traditional performances and dances. The folk art was known throughout the world by the voice of the artisan Quach Thi Ho (1909 - 2001).

CaTru singing has currently reached a high aesthetic level after it has gone through a series of historical vicissitudes.

Ca tru is highly appreciated for its art value in the Vietnamese culture. It  has also been listed among 12 “intangible global cultural heritage traditions in danger of disappearing” in 2009.

By Minh An – Translated by Kim Khanh

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