Talk about “Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam”

In Professor Tran Van Khe and To Vu talk entitled “The Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam" on April 23, Professor Tran Van Khe said about the general features of gong; the differences between the gongs of Viet Nam and South East Asia countries such as Indonesia (Gamelan), Southern Philippines (Kulingtan), Lao and Thailand (Piphat), or Cambodia (Pinpiet).

This is the third proclamation of masterpiece of the Oral and the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Gong culture is said to originate in the ancient Dong Son civilization also known as the brass drum culture of South East Asia countries.

Professor Tran Van Khe(1st,L) nad artisan Duong Ngoc Tien at the talk (Photo:U.Phuong)

Professor explained why the Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam to be recognized as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity due to the special reasons: being rare, precious, likely to fall into oblivion, that is why it urgently needs to be taken care of and preserved.

To illustrate what he said, the gong-maker, artisan Duong Ngoc Tien performed the differences in the way the ethnic minority people play. Moreover, documentary films of minority people playing the gongs were shown on a big television.

Participating in the talk are Deputy Director of the Culture and Information Department, Director of the City Culture center Nguyen Van Sanh, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Youth Cultural House Nguyen Xuan Minh, and some artists and artisans. The talk was taking place at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House, 1 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1.


Links:
- The Space of Gong Culture
- Unique Female Gong Band in the Central Highland of Viet Nam
- Ceremony of receiving Space of Gong Culture Recognition Certificate
- Viet Nam Gongs- World Heritage

Reported by Uyen Phuong

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