Ca tru

16/04/2018 21:45

Ca tru has many names, depending on the locality, each time that ca tru singing also called hat a dao, singing house, singing the right, singing her head, singing silk house, singing house and singing songs. This is a type of art that has long been unique and unique in the Vietnamese music treasure, associated with festivals, customs, beliefs, literature, music, thought, philosophy. life of the Vietnamese.


Ca tru has been assessed by UNESCO Heritage Assessment Council as follows:

Ca tru has undergone a process of development at least since the 15th century to date, performed in diverse cultural spaces attached, in various historical periods. Ca Tru expresses a sense of identity and continuity in the performing arts, is creative, is transferred from one generation to the next through educational organizations. These churches have maintained intimate communities, which are characteristic of ca tru. Although experiencing many historical and social changes, ca tru still has its own vitality because of its artistic value to Vietnamese culture.


Ca tru unique in the space of private art, musical instruments and separate poetry. According to the folk artisans, ca tru has 56 different forms or tunes, each of which is called  cachet . The technique of singing is very delicate, elaborate as a singer who is shaping, refining each word. The instrument was streamlined with a musical contrast that honored the beauty of each participant in the ensemble.

Participating in Ca tru performances with at least 3 people:

  • A singer who is always female (called "peach" or "lady") sing along the way and knock on the beat (a beat is a musical instrument made of wood or bamboo, is taped with 2 sticks).
  • A male musician (called "double") for the chorus. Bottom is an ancient, long, three strands of silk and 10 strings of strings.
  • In addition, there is a drummer or drummer (called an "official", usually a songwriter). The appreciation that "the officer" gives to the singer, or the song is shown by the drumming. "Officer" hit the drum several times expressing the spot. If not satisfied with the singer, "official" hit two beats.


Singing on the mats in the middle. Double and the officer sit on either side. Ca tru show space is relatively small and audience participation is very necessary.

Ca tru singing is the art of singing poetry, there is a rich set of rules for each singing style, singing and singing contest. Words, lyrics of ca tru erudite, little words that many meanings, rich poetry, many emotions, deep thought, deep. Ca luu has enough genres from romance to heroic epics, philosophical teaching ... has attracted the participation in the creation, experience the talents of many writers and intellectuals. Understanding the content and art of words in the songs with the subtle expression of the female singer in the harmony with the finger, suffering ... to see all the beauty and value of art forms. This.

According to researchers' statistics, by mid 2009, there were about 769 people (including 513 dugouts and 256 dancers and drummers) in 14 provinces and cities (Ha Noi, Phu Tho , Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Ho Chi Minh City). plan to train ca tru. However, artisans who can sing 10 or more tunes are rare. At the Institute of Music has stored 7 ca tru dance and 42 songs tru. The texts on ca tru are 26 copies and about 25 books on ca tru.


Ca tru is recognized as having a great contribution to Vietnamese culture. From Ca tru, a unique form of poetry was born and became a prominent position in the literature of the Nom script of the nation. It is a poetic form of singing that has been favored over the centuries. In addition, Day and Pho have become the instrumental music of ca tru, contributing to bring ca tru become a classic vocal music of Vietnam. With its history, depth of art and distinct national identity, ca tru has affirmed its position not only in Vietnam but also in the world.

With the consensus, voluntary and full understanding of the ca tru singing community, along with the plans of action, responsibility, commitment, support and support of state agencies for the protection The heritage has contributed to ensuring the vitality of ca tru. And with its superior characteristics, after four years of waiting, since the government's decision to submit to UNESCO for approval, the ca tru of Vietnam has been listed on the list of intangible cultural heritage that needs to be protected. was launched on 1 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Ca Tru Thang Long

Time: 08:00 hours to 21:00 hours
Address: Quan De Temple

28, Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

   Ticket price From  270.000 VND
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