Viet Nam News
ĐỒNG THÁP— Residents in the Cửu Long ( Mekong) River Delta region are encouraged to compete in the Tài Tử Miệt Vườn (Traditional music), a TV game show produced by the Đồng Tháp Radio and Television Station.
The participants will perform tài tử music and excerpts from cải lương (reformed theatre) plays, which are the most popular traditional theatre genres in the area.
The programme, which includes 16 shows featuring new talents, also offers quality performances staged by guest artists, including cải lương stars Ngọc Huyền and Thanh Hằng who have joined the jury.
Ten finalists will compete for different prizes, including the Youngest Talent and Elderly Performer.
The audiences will vote for winners of top prizes and Favourite Performer.
The organisers have invited experienced actors to train the candidates during the semi-final rounds.
The contest’s first show will air on July 15. It will be rebroadcast every Saturday at 7.10pm on THĐT1 and TTV channels.
“Our game show, Tài Tử Miệt Vườn, has attracted more than 500 contestants aged between 10 and 80,” said Bùi Thanh Hồng, director of Đồng Tháp Radio and Television and a member of the contest’s organising board.
“We hope after the show, winners will work professionally and be hired by traditional art troupes in the region.”
According to Hồng, tài tử is an art form native to southern Việt Nam, and is part of cải lương theatre.
“Although facing challenges, we have tried our best to produce the show Tài Tử Miệt Vườn because we hope to encourage people, particularly youth, to show their love and talent in traditional art." he said.
“I was a farmer before performing for the Đồng Tháp Cải Lương Troupe. I’m old but still work and offer training for young members of local tài tử clubs in the region,” said 78-year-old Lê Thành Tri, who signed to compete at the show.
“I decided to join Tài Tử Miệt Vườn because I wanted to encourage teenagers and young people, including my grandchildren, to learn about cải lương,” he said.
The contest’s closing night will air on December 2.— VNS