Update: 20:09 | 05/09/2019
(BGO) – The year 2019 marks 10 year period UNESCO recognized Quan ho (love duet folk singing) as the intangible cultural heritage of the humanity. For a decade, Bac Giang province has achieved positive results in preserving and promoting the value of Quan ho. The artisans or “the living treasures” have dramatic contribution to the general achievement, including the People’s artisan Hoac Cong Cho.
Trung Dong village, Van Trung commune (Viet Yen district) is one of the ancient Quan ho villages in the northern province of Bac Giang which is considered as a “village of Quan ho artisans” with 4 Meritorious Artisans honored in the first period in 2015.
Artisan Hoac Cong Cho.
Particularly Hoac Cong Cho (born in 1936) is awarded the title of the People’s Artisan and called “master of the artisans”.
Born in the Quan ho’s cradle in the northern bank of Cau river, the 7 year old boy followed his mother to watch the duet love performances in the communal house. The sweet Quan ho melodies at that time gradually absorbed into his soul.
Singing the love duet folk songs from early childhood, Hoac Cong Cho becomes a well known male singer in the region thanks to his perfect performing technique, inspiring and sonorous voice.
In 1962, Cho set up Trung Dong Quan ho singing team to awake the passion for Quan ho singing among the locals, perform for the lovers of this folk melodies and preserve the cultural value of the traditional art form. It was till 2017 he was in charge of “rowing” the singing team with full enthusiasm though the previous singing team has been much developed and turned into Quan ho singing club.
Apart from performing Quan ho and organizing the club’s activities, artisan Cho is always interested in researching, writing and collecting the ancient love duet songs of Trung Dong village.
The performing method in Trung Dong village is different from other localities that indicates the rustic simplicity and closeness, he said. Meanwhile, the local Quan ho singing strictly requires the singers to combine the melodies and performance.
Cho has visited Bac Ninh province to search for master to widen and receive the knowledge and new melodies of Quan ho from other province for many times. After that, he shares and teaches all the knowledge about Quan ho as well as singing technique to the people with the same passion, especially the young generation.
It is the reason why he has taken regular performances and exchanges in many villages in the district such as Tho Ha (Van Ha commune), Trai Doi (Minh Duc commune), Noi Ninh, Huu Nghi (Ninh Son commune) …for more than half of century.
Artisan Hoac Cong Cho guides members of Trung Dong Quan ho singing club.
Now, he has guided the technique to sing the ancient Trung Dong Quan ho songs to almost all members of Trung Dong Quan ho singing club (nearly 40 people) such as Vu Thi Huong, Hoac Thi Kiem.
83 years old with over 70 years signing the love duet folk songs, artisan Hoac Cong Cho has enrich the leading knowledge, basic technique and Quan ho culture in Bac Giang province. He is able to remember and preserve more than 100 ancient Quan ho melodies that could be find no where but Trung Dong village.
Hoac Cong Cho was honored as the People’s Artisan in March 2019 by the President. The old age makes his voice weaker but can not stop him following his passion for Quan ho.
The artisan always bears in mind that he is so lucky to be born in a cradle of the sweet ancient Quan ho melodies, thus all generations must be responsible for preserving and passing to the future.