06:00 | 14/11/2021 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - The bamboo tree is a significant symbol in both Vietnamese culture and daily life, growing almost everywhere in the country, though mainly in rural areas.
Bamboo has many uses, one of them the making of traditional musical instruments. Simple bamboo instruments are often played at family and communal events and festivals. Vietnamese bamboo instruments produce purer, echoing sounds, are handmade and a source of national pride.
Throughout Vietnam’s history, bamboo musical instruments have been echoing people’s dreams and aspirations and connecting the people of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups with each other and with the rest of the world.
There are three kinds of bamboo instruments: wind, string, and percussion. Flutes and pan-pipes are made of bamboo trunks. Bamboo leaves can also be used to create sound. Bells, drumsticks, and castanets are made of bamboo roots. The T’rung, Dinh Tut, and Ko Ni percussion instruments of the Central Highlanders and the two-string fiddle and 16-string zither are also made of bamboo. Bamboo musical instruments vary between ethnic groups.
Almost all the ethnic groups of Vietnam, including the Kinh, Hmong, Thai, Tay, Nung, Giarai, and Ede, play bamboo instruments. The best-known Vietnamese bamboo instruments are the T’rung and the monochord, which are also played and loved in many other countries. Other lesser-known instruments are the Krong Put, Dinh Pa, and Ko Ni of the Central Highlands. Vietnamese bamboo musical instruments are handmade.
Bamboo instruments are played at performances of Vietnamese traditional music, including Xoan singing, Ca Tru ceremonial singing, Quan Ho love duet singing, Hue Royal Court music, and amateur singing, which have all been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as intangible cultural heritages of humanity.