Fans morn passing of famous cai luong artist

Minh Phung (R) is on the stage. (Photo: SGGP)

Minh Phung, a famous cai luong artist, died yesterday at Cho Ray hospital. Minh Phung, real name Ngo Van Thieu, came from My Tho, a city west of Ho Chi Minh City. He fell in love with vong co and cai luong (Vietnamese folk opera) and decided to follow his heart to become a performer. He was one of three famous Vietnamese folk singers and actors. Alongside Minh Vuong and Minh Canh, Minh Phung became famous in the 1960s and 70s. Having a beautiful singing voice and handsome looks Minh Phung … [Read more...]

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Cai Luong Impressario Passes Away

Actress Kim Chung

Actress Kim Chung, an impresario of cai luong folk theater, passed away on April 8 in Ho Chi Minh City at the age of 85 after a long illness. The Kim Chung cai luong troupe was famous in the 1950s and 1970s. Cai luong, or "renovated opera," is a genre of Vietnamese folk theater. Born in 1932 in Ha Noi, the actress was introduced to cai luong when she joined a children's music troupe called Nhat Tan at the age of 10. Later, she acted for the To Nu troupe and caught the attention of … [Read more...]

Renewing cai luong (Vietnamese folk opera)

As part of an art project launched by the local Ho Chi Minh City Television to renew and revive cai luong (a modern folk opera indigenous to south Vietnam), the famous ancient play Ben cau det lua will be performed on October 7 at the HCMC Opera House. Cai luong artists Thanh Ngan (L) and Trong Phuc will perform in Ben cau det lua on October 7 at Ho Chi Minh City Opera House. The play, Ben cau det lua (literally 'Silk weaving by the bridge'), written by the late playwright The Chau and first … [Read more...]

Foreigners get a taste of Cai luong

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Several foreign visitors to the Hanoi Cai Luong Theater wore head sets the other night to watch the company's first ever cai luong opera translated into English, at Chuong Vang Theater on August 13. According to theater director Tran Quang Hung, the opera, Menh de vuong (King's Fate), was an effort to gauge foreign audiences' interest in cai luong, a form of traditional Vietnamese folk opera which has its roots in the Mekong Delta. … [Read more...]

From Italy with amore

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An Italian artist aims to be the man behind a successful Vietnamese woman Italian artist Richard di San Marzano at home with his paintings. … [Read more...]

Japanese-Vietnamese concert to take place in Hanoi

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Japanese and Vietnamese artists will collaborate to present a concert in Hanoi next month. Karin and the Quartet from Japan will perform in Hanoi December 8-9, 2010 … [Read more...]

Unique orchestral instruments from coconut timber

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Le Van, a musician and craftsman, and his close friend Vo Van Ba, 69, also a craftsman in Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta, have been so busy these days. Both are trying to make and perfect orchestral instruments from coconut timber for the upcoming traditional music performance in April. Ba (right) and Van are playing with two orchestral instruments that are made of coconut timberPhoto: Tuoi Tre Their plan has received strong support from the provincial … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 30/8

The nonverbal language of cinematography Vietnamese film director Viet Linh, famous for many award-winning films, had a friendly meeting Friday with Ho Chi Minh City movie buffs and press at Hoa Sen University at 93 Cao Thang, District 3. At the event titled "The language of cinematography," the director said she wished to share her knowledge of how to enjoy a movie through its expressive language with the participants. The meeting opened with the screening of Cannes 2001 winner, "The son's … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 18/8

Tradition of pack-horse races in northeast Vietnam Bac Ha District in the mountain province of Lao Cai in northeastern Vietnam is famous for its specialty food as well as its tradition of racing pack-horses. Participants in the horse-racing are the local farmers. Although they aren't professional horsemen, they are experienced in the art and select good horses and care for them as they prepare for the races. Thao Seo Lenh, who has participated four times, said that any rider expecting to … [Read more...]

Cai luong male artiste to perform with all female cast

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The 'Meritorious Artist' Vu Linh is in a hurry to complete final preparations for his show 'Nhat long - luc phung' ('One dragon-Six phoenixes') at Hung Dao Theatre, district 5, February 20. He is performing together with six female colleagues. The 'Meritorious Artist' Vu Linh (Photo: Tuoi Tre Newspaper) The idea came to Vu Linh when he thought of a show in which he can meet and perform together with all his female colleagues. The idea became came into fruition after he received word from … [Read more...]

Preview concerts to heat up Mai Vang Awards 2008

Phuong Thanh rocks the show at Linh Trung 1 Industrial Zone in city (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper)

Before rocking the stage of Hoa Binh Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City on January 18, the Mai Vang (Golden Apricot) Awards 2008 has held a series of preview concerts. The annual Mai Vang Award 2008 will stage four preview concerts for university students and three shows for workers, from this month, at venues throughout Vietnam. Artists who have confirmed their appearance in the preview shows include singers Dam Vinh Hung, Quang Dung, Dan Truong, Phuong Thanh, Ho Quynh Huong, Ho Ngoc Ha, Cam Ly, … [Read more...]

Milk prices stable after price limit takes effect

HA NOI (VNS) - Milk prices have stabilised after the Finance Ministry applied a ceiling price in June on milk products consumed by children under six in the domestic market. The ceiling on prices came after a long period of irregular prices being applied on milk products. The ministry would promote further price stabilisation in the near future. In June, there were 25 milk product lines on which the ceiling price was applied. However, many enterprises have changed the commercial name of their … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 7/3

Three people died yesterday after a crane they were on, hit a commune culture house's gate that fell on a vehicle in the central province of Nghe An's Yen Thanh District.

Crane hits cement gate, three die The accident took place after a local, Dinh Quang Nang, forgot to lower the crane, which later crashed on the gate. Witnesses recalled that the brick-and-cement gate, which weighed around 8 to 10 tonnes, fell on the crane, deforming it and killing Nang, his son, and an other man. The local authority has supported the deceased's families by holding memorial services. The case is under investigation. Forest fires engulf Hoang Lien National Park Raging … [Read more...]

Market hotting up on women’s day

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(VOV) -In the lead up to International Women's Day (March 8), retailers and boutiques across the nation are launching promotional discounts on a wide variety of gifts for women. Gift-giving marks International Women's Day (March 8) Men typically purchase beautiful flower arrangements and sentimental gifts for their beloved on this special day, while children most often find something special to give to their mothers and female teachers. Sales promotions launched In the final days … [Read more...]

Prices of some products rise before Tet

Dong Nghi According to many beer sellers in HCMC, the prices of some beer products have gone up by VND10,000-20,000 per carton to VND380,000-385,000 for Heineken beer, VND290,000-295,000 for Tiger and VND295,000-300,000 for Saigon Special. The owner of a big grocery store on Tran Xuan Soan Street in HCMC's District 7 said that beer prices normally rose in the lead to the Lunar New Year holiday. As the supply is limited, beer agents are asking for higher prices, she added. Meanwhile, … [Read more...]

Illegal medicines danger to health

HCM CITY (VNS)— Nguyen Minh Tam (not real name) of District 7 gained weight and began to develop stretch marks all over her body after taking a traditional medicine dose for acute sinusitis without a doctor's prescription. Tam has suffered from sinusitis for years because of contact with dust in her daily work. After hearing a friend's advice, she brought a package of traditional medicine tablets without a label of origin, but the sinusitis actually became worse. Like Tam, many people in HCM … [Read more...]

In pictures: Highest tide in Saigon in 61 years

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VietNamNet Bridge - The tide in the evening of October 21 at Phu An station on Saigon River reached 1.68 meters, exceeding last year's historic peak of 6 cm, making severe floods in HCM City. Tide is forecast to remain at 1.65 m this afternoon,. On the evening of October 21, rising water in the Saigon River combined with heavy rain caused floods and traffic disturbances in many roads in HCM City. In the lower areas, water spilled over into houses, disturbing the lives of people. Many families … [Read more...]

Princes and paupers

Artist Xuan Dieu helps his wife clean their rented room in Ho Chi Minh City's District 7 Thanh Xuan is delighted that the doors of the rented rooms next to hers have been locked for a few days.

It means that the occupants, who hail from different parts of the country and are cai luong (a form of modern folk opera in southern Vietnam) artists like Xuan and her husband, are not around. "They're on tour," says Xuan, who lives in Quarter 3 on Tran Xuan Soan Street of Tan Hung Ward in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. She and her husband have lived in the area since 2003. "It upsets me when these doors are open, especially at night as it means they are unemployed," she says. Unlike … [Read more...]

Male hospital assistants make big money during Tet

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Hospitals are struggling to find sufficient numbers of male assistants, particularly as Tet nears. Mrs. Xuan who is looking for a man to take care of her father-in-law staying at Vietnam National Institute of Gerontology in Hanoi said the number of people gathering at Huu Nghi, Viet Duc and Bach Mai Hospitals to work as patient assistants had sharply decreased because many of them have left to return home for Tet. Last year, she hired a woman to care for her father-in-law, but it … [Read more...]

Featherweight earnings from heavy loads for migrant porters

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There is no paperwork, no contract, no bonus, and no fixed working hours. A porter receives a wooden stick before he enters the ferry with a 50-kg fertilizer bag on his back. … [Read more...]