Ca tru is a Vietnamese music genre unique to North Vietnam dating back to the 15th century played for ceremonies and entertainment in the Vietnamese court. It nearly died out in the late 19th & 20th century.
Ca tru is now performed in an intimate setting seating 25 people in a traditional house in the Old Quarter (87 Ma May St). The concert is very relaxing and peaceful. (A respite from the hectic traffic outside.) An explanation of Ca tru is provided (along with an English language translation) during interval, people are encouraged to play the instruments (fantastic for children interested in music) and tea is served.
In September 2009 Ca tru was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Urgent Need of Safeguarding.
If you are interested in Vietnamese culture I recommend you make the effort to attend the performance.
Check their web site for concert times.
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