On the occasion of the 16th Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23, 2005 – November 23, 2021), the Ho Chi Minh City Museum held the opening of the thematic exhibition “Tran Van Khe – One Hundred Years of Remains”. forever” introduces more than 200 documents, artifacts, pictures about the life and career of Professor, Dr. Tran Van Khe, showing respect and honoring the contributions of Professor, Dr. country music background; contribute to propagating and educating the people, especially the young generation, in preserving and promoting the nation’s traditional cultural values.
Thematic exhibition consists of three parts:
Homeland and family
Professor, Dr. Tran Van Khe was born on July 24, 1921 in Vinh Kim village, My Tho province (now Tien Giang province), from a family rich in traditional folk music.
His father is Tran Quang Chieu (Seven Trieu), who is knowledgeable about musical instruments, but most especially the Doc Huyen (dan bau) and pliers (dan Nguyet). His mother, Nguyen Thi Dich (Tam Dich), was a revolutionary activist and joined the Communist Party of Vietnam in 1930.
From a young age, Tran Van Khe showed his intelligence, studied very well, actively participated in cultural activities while still in school. In 1942, Tran Van Khe went to Hanoi to study medicine, he actively participated in activities within the framework of the General Student Union. The movement “Planting the pen to the side” broke out, Tran Van Khe returned to Saigon and joined the “Youth Pioneers” movement, set up a singing troupe to raise funds to buy rice to support the North. In 1946, the French invaded and occupied the southern province of Cochinchina, he taught at private schools, wrote newspapers and joined the resistance group in the citadel led by architect Huynh Tan Phat, then Mai Van Bo.
Tran Van Khe – A life of fire transmission
In 1949, Tran Van Khe went to France to study and study at the Paris Institute of Political Science, starting a journey of more than 50 years of studying, researching and working abroad.
In 1951, Tran Van Khe graduated in Political Science. At the end of 1954, he studied and did a doctoral thesis in Music Science at the Sorbonne University (Paris) with the topic “Vietnamese traditional music”. From here, he started his first steps on the path of researching, teaching and promoting Vietnamese traditional music. With talent, enthusiasm and love of national music, Professor and Doctor Tran Van Khe has built a high reputation in the world music research world and became a member of many international music organizations. : member of the French Academy of Sciences, Correspondent of the European Academy of Arts and Letters, Vice President of the International Council of Unesco Music, Chairman of the Forum’s International Selection Committee Asian music…
In 2006, Professor, Dr. Tran Van Khe returned to Vietnam after more than 50 years of research and teaching in France. He continues to devote, inspire and continue his career of researching, sharing, introducing and promoting Vietnamese traditional music to the public through many musical activities and events.
Professor, Dr. Tran Van Khe is the first Vietnamese person to be enrolled in the “World Music Dictionary”. He also received many medals, honorary degrees, noble and prestigious awards from state agencies, prestigious organizations at home and abroad to honor and recognize his contributions and dedication to the country. music industry.
The legacy that Professor, Dr. Tran Van Khe left behind is not only valuable research works, a treasure trove of profound knowledge about music, but also a noble living personality, full of love for music. and people, who are teachers of teachers.
Thematic exhibition is open to welcome visitors from November 23, 2021 at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, 65 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Some pictures at the Exhibition: