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  1. 1. Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: 24 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: Email: Ca Tru Singing - Intangible Cultural HeritageFortunately, ca tru is now being restored and is more liked by the younger generation.Research scholars have traced the origins of ca tru to areas of high culture, such as theancient imperial capital of Thang Long (present-day Hanoi), Ha Tay, etc. Artists of greattalent have practiced the art, including Quach Thi Ho, Thuong Huyen, Kim Dzung, etc. Someof them are now in their seventies, but a successor generation has blossomed and holdsgreat promise.Ca tru is where poetry and music meet. People familiar with such ancient verse as luc bat(the six eight-syllable distich) and hat doi (singing tossed back and forth between groups ofyoung men and women), and who are capable of sympathizing with the sentimentsexpressed in the sound of a small drum or a two-string viol, are more likely to fully enjoy arecital of ca tru.Many famous poets of past centuries were great amateurs of ca tru who wrote beautifullines to go with its melodies. One well known instance is the poem singing the enchantmentof a pilgrimage to Chua Huong (Perfume Pagoda) by Chu Manh Trinh. Coming from the lipsof a ca tru singer, it has bewitched successive generations of pilgrims visiting the hills andstreams of the famous pagoda complex in Ha Tay Province.Ca tru music is most enjoyable when there is complete harmony between the words beingsung, the rhythm marked by a pair of small bamboo sticks held by the singer who strikes a
  2. 2. small block of wood or bamboo called phach, and, last but not least, the appreciation shownby a man among the audience beating a small drum at the appropriate moments.In short, ca tru is a refined form of art which is paradoxically appreciated and loved byaudiences of all compositions. There are those who sit in small numbers in an urbanauditorium to enjoy a recital. A Ca Tru Club has been founded in Hanoi where amateurs ofthis musical genre, young and old, local and foreign, regularly meet to enjoy its charmingmelodies.Ca tru singing is inscribed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of UrgentSafeguarding on 1st October 2009.