Tran Huu Trang Prize awarded for ‘Cai Luong’

The country’s most prestigious and revered award, the Tran Huu Trang Prize, was awarded for ‘Cai Luong’ (a traditional form of opera of South Vietnam) to nine winners, in a ceremony at the Ho Chi Minh City Television theatre on February 25.

Le Thanh Hai, (Ext. L) Chairman of the People’s Committee of HCMC, and Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, (Ext. R) Chairwoman of the Municipal People's Council, offer bouquets and prizes to the winners. (Photo: Sggp)

Nine Gold medals were awarded to Ngoc Quyen of the Military Zone 9 Art Troupe; Nguyen Hoai Thanh of HCMC University of Stage and Cinema; Phuong Anh of Tay Do-Can Tho Cai Luong Troupe; Vo Minh Lam of Tran Huu Trang Theatre in HCMC; Ngoc Doi of Cao Van Lau Cai Luong Troupe in Bac Lieu Province; Dao Vu Thanh of Tien Giang Province Art Troupe; Hoang Thai Hung of Huong Tram Cai Luong Troupe in Ca Mau Province; Phuong Tran and Le Thanh Thao of Tran Huu Trang Theatre in HCMC.

There were a total 21 entrants from Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces in the final round that took place at the HCMC Television theatre from February 20 to 25.

After a four-year break, the prestigious Tran Huu Trang Prize was jointly organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Stage Association and Ho Chi Minh City Television.

The closing and awards ceremony was attended by Le Thanh Hai, Chairman of the People’s Committee of HCMC, Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of the Municipal People's Council, and Le Tien Tho, Chairman of the Vietnam Stage Artists’ Association.

Quite a few big names in ‘Cai Luong’ got their first break after receiving the Tran Huu Trang Prize, among them being Vu Linh, Thanh Thanh Tam, Phuong Hang, Kim Tu Long, Thoai My and Thanh Ngan.

Besides discovering young talent, the competition aims to keep the tradition of ‘Cai Luong’ alive in the community and foster a love for folk opera among young people in the South.

By Do Hanh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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