|Songstress Nguyen Thi Chuc
HA NOI (VNS) — Songstress Nguyen Thi Chuc, a widely acclaimed ca tru (ceremonial singing) singer, died yesterday in Ha Noi due to old age and serious illness.
Chuc was born in 1930 in Ha Noi. She started performing ca tru at the age of 12 along with the members in her family and was well known for her talent by the age of 18.
In the 1990s, she not only taught ca tru at her native village, but also at the National Conservation of Music in efforts to preserve the traditional art form. She was bestowed the Folk Artist title by the State in 2005.
She was considered as a living treasure of ca tru, who had in-depth knowledge of many melodies of ca tru and had mastered different singing techniques, remarked To Ngoc Thanh, the president of the Viet Nam Folk Arts and Literature Association. — VNS