Vietnamese National Musical Instruments featured on new stamps

July 15th, 2013

Vietnamese National Musical Instruments featured on new stamps
Vietnam post issued a set of three stamps featuring traditional Vietnamese musical instruments – Ta lu', Klong put and Goong.

The Ta lu' is a stringed instrument popular in the Van Kieu ethnic communities in the provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri of Vietnam. The instrument is made of a piece of wood, a piece of bamboo or bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo stem.

The Klong put is the Xe Dang language name of a musical instrument of the wind family, air driving-in branch. It is played by ethnic groups in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) such as the Xe Dang, Bahnar, Gia Rai, Hre, etc. A traditional Klong put consists of many large empty hornless bamboo sections. The length of each section ranges from 60 to 200 cm and a diameter ranging from 5 to 8 cm. When played, the tubes are laid horizontally and the player must either stand with her back bent or kneel while clapping her hands at a distance of about 10cm to push air into the tubes to produce sounds. Generally, each tube produces only one tone.

The Goong is a large bossed gong of the Mnong people of central Vietnam. The goong may be played in a set of 9 gongs from large to small. It is tuned by means of pegs, hit at the sides, forcing an inner frame against the membrane and thus tightening it and raising the pitch.

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