The Ca Tru (Ceremonial singing) Night was held at the Hanoi Opera House on June 19 with the participation of artists from 16 provinces and cities nationwide.
This was part of activities to prepare for submission of documents to UNESCO to recognise Vietnamese Ca Tru as a world oral and intangible heritage of humankind.
Present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Minister of Culture and Information Pham Quang Nghi and many domestic and foreign cultural researchers.
The Night highlighted the ancient unique characteristics of Ca Tru, a traditional singing genre in northern and central regions.
Among audiences who had enjoyed performances by famous elderly artists were Nguyen Phu De (84 years old), Tran Van Hai (96 years old), Nguyen Thi Kim (80 years old) and Do Thi Di (94 years old). Many young talented artists joined with the elderly in their performances.
Ca Tru originally appeared in northern Vietnam in the 15-16th century. It first served royal rituals and was sung at royal places. Later it was passed down to ordinary people and used in religious ceremonies, banquets, weddings and friendly meetings.
Ca Tru songs have beautiful tunes and words and a unique manner of performance. The typical stage to sing Ca Tru is a flower-patterned mat, where Ca Tru artist perform mainly in the style of singing-reciting.
Meanwhile, an international seminar on Ca Tru took place in Hanoi on June 20.
VOV - (21/06/2006)