Ca Tru Music to be Performed in Ha Noi

Concerts featuring Ca tru (Vietnamese ceremonial songs) music will be taking place at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology in Ha Noi every Sunday from February to June. The shows will provide an opportunity for both international musicologists and the general public to gain some insight into traditional Vietnamese classical music.

Ca tru performance
To preserve the form of this particular genre of music, many Ca tru clubs have been established nationwide. The style of the music has at times been described as an acquired taste, particularly for young people, so the concerts will be a good way of introducing listeners to the value of this artistic heritage.

“Ca tru music illustrates many qualities of traditional melody, harmony and rhythmic variation. “Tru” refers to the bamboo cards given to Ca tru singers (always women) by the audience which could be converted into money after the show”, explained Prof. Dr. Tran Van Khe, a master of traditional Vietnamese music.

In June, 2006, the Viet Nam Music Institute and Ministry of Culture and Information sent a proposal to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) asking that Ca tru be recognized as a cultural treasure of humanity. 

The performances are organized by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology.                   

By Le Nhi – Translated by Kim Khanh

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