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Google Doodle celebrates Vietnam’s Đờn Ca Tài Tử musical art form

Google Doodle paid tribute to the art form ‘Art of Đờn Ca Tài Tử’ through a special doodle whose reach spans the region of Vietnam.

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UNESCO recognised the Vietnamese art form as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 5 in the year 2013. Đờn Ca Tài Tử is a prevalent art form from Vietnam that has been in  practice since late 19th century. This artwork’s origin can be traced to ceremonial and Hue Royal Court music. 

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This form of music is primarily practiced in the Southern region. This musical artwork entails harmonious blend of different instruments. Đờn Ca Tài Tử involves a captivating fusion of various instruments, including zither, stork, lute, concave guitar, song loan, flute, pipa, violin and pliers along with a singer. Typically performed as a group, this musical ensemble uses these instruments together to produce a harmonious and beautiful melody.

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An extensive repertoire of nearly 100 traditional songs serves as a base for now composition for lyricists who create new songs while finding inspiration in traditional songs, including ancient and original (Ancestral) songs. 

Mastery of the instruments is nurtured by knowledgeable teachers who specialise in ancient songs, while another master teaches chanting and singing. When these individuals join forces, they create enchanting music that glorifies Vietnamese culture.

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Đờn Ca Tài Tử holds a special place in Vietnamese society. It is an integral part of various occasions such as anniversaries, weddings, Tết (Vietnamese New Year), birthdays, and other gatherings. It serves as a unifying force, connecting communities through a shared appreciation for culture, art and music. 

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Updated: 05 Dec 2023, 07:25 AM IST

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