Illustrative image -- File photo
Illustrative image -- File photo
|Firefighters stamp out a fire in HCM City. There is a high risk of fire and explosions during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, according to the Department of Fire Prevention and Control, Rescue and Salvage. — Photo baotainguyenmoitruong.vn|
Son was one of southern Viet Nam’s most famous songwriters and continues to be admired and revered. He composed several anti-war collections including Ca Khuc Da Vang (Yellow-Skinned People’s Songs), Kinh Viet Nam (Vietnamese Prayer) and Ta Phai Thay Mat Troi (We Must See the Sunlight).
The songs in these collections were highly popular among students and young people in then-Sai Gon (now HCM City) in the 1960s and 1970s as the Vietnamese people fought to liberate the country from the Americans.
His songs, such as Noi Vong Tay Lon (Joining Hands/Circle of Unity), Cho Que Huong Sang Choi (Waiting for the Country’s Brighter Future) and Dong Dao Hoa Binh (Children’s Song for Peace), were written between 1967 and 1968 and bring his sense of peace.
After 1975 Son continued to write songs and enjoyed great success with both his lyrics and melodies.
His songs in praise of post-war life, such as Huyen Thoai Me (Mother’s Legend), Em Ra Nong Truong, Anh Ra Bien Gioi (Girls to Farms, Boys to the Border) and Sai Gon Mua Xuan (Sai Gon in Spring), continue to move and inspire millions.
The songwriter died in HCM City on April 1, 2001 after a prolonged illness.
|Water puppetry is a unique folk art of Vietnam, favored by foreign tourists.|
|The audience cannot see the face of the artists. They only see the wooden puppets on the water. The artists always hide themselves behind the bamboo screen.|
|But they still have to do make-up before each show to appear before the audience to bow for several seconds. These photos were taken behind the screen at the Thang Long Water Puppetry Theatre (57 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi).|
|The theatre serves over 1,000 foreign visitors each day.|
|The theatre has about 40 artists, divided into two groups. During the shows, artists have to stand in the water so they wear protective clothes and rubber gloves.|
|Previously, artists did not have rubber clothes so they had to dip their bodies into water, even in winter.|
|Ms. Vo Thuy Dung, 28, said she followed her mother, who has retired, to work at the theatre. She is seven months pregnant but she still works.|
|The theatre chooses 14 popular plays to perform every day. These players are selected from over 400 folk plays.|
|“Artists must have both control techniques and know how to transfer emotions into puppets,” an artist said.|
|The theatre has participated in many international art festivals in more than 20 countries.|
|Behind the screen during a performance.|
|When the show ends, the artists quickly remove the rubber outfits to dress traditional costumes to appear on the state to greet the audience.|
|The 20-minute break between each show is the time for the artists to learn from experience.|
|Some actors find a place to take a nap to prepare for the next show.|
|This is a puppet repair man named Le Quang Minh, 49. He has worked for the theatre for more than 22 years.|
Thang Long Puppetry Theatre was founded in 1969 with the first name Kim Dong puppet troupe. It was renamed Thang Long – Hanoi Puppetry Theatre in 1975. From a group of nine artists and poor facilities, the theatre now has 22 artists, 15 musicians and 5 technicians.