Kon Tum opens class to teach how to beat out gong for students

Students in the highlands province of Kon Tum will be taught how to beat out rhythm on a gong and the traditional Vietnamese dance genre of Xoang, said Head of the Bureau of Culture-Sports in Kon Tum province’s Dak Ha District Nguyen Thi Tham yesterday.

Students in Lam Dong will be taught how to beat up gong rhythm (Photo: SGGP)

Students in Lam Dong will be taught how to beat up gong rhythm (Photo: SGGP)

As per the plan, the bureau and local administration in seven communes will open nine classes in summer vacation to teach students aged from nine to 14 how to beat out rhythm on a gong and how to perform Xoang dance.
Classes will start from June to September each having 20-25 students.
Students are taught about the area's ancient gong culture in an effort to preserve and promote traditional value by local senior artists.
Ms. Tham said that this activity offers healthy playground for students in summer vacation and encourage young generations to protect their own culture. Students are quick to catch the lesson because they hear the rhythm of gong all day; they can perform as many as different gong rhytm.
The gongs are intertwined with the daily life of each individual, family and community in the region. It is through the beating of the gongs and its sounds that the local people pray for their souls and sends their wishes to their deities and ancestors, as well as pray for good harvests, health and happiness.

By HUU PHUC – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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