The memorial in Phu Kiet Village was built on land belonging to Tran’s family with funding from the local authority.
VietNamNet Bridge – A memorial house in honour of celebrated cai luong composer Tran Huu Trang was inaugurated yesterday in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tien Giang
Trang, one of Viet Nam’s leading composers of cai luong (reformed theatre) was born into a farmer family in 1906. He loved music, particularly cai luong, since childhood.
He became a popular artiste since 1928 for scripts capturing the hard lives of poor people and the tragedy of women suffering the hardship and injustices of a feudalistic society.
The audience was moved to tears by Trang’s works like To Anh Nguyet, Doi Co Luu (Ms Luu’s Life) and Lan va Diep (Love Story of Lan and Diep).
Trang wrote nearly 30 scripts for cai luong dramas, all of which have been performed by well-known troupes around the country since 1930s.
He also wrote several scripts in co-operation with well-known composer Nam Chau. Compositions like Tim Hanh Phuc (In Search of Happiness) and Chi Chong Toi (My Sister-in-law) which deal with family issues have been warmly received by generations of cai luong fans.
Thirty years after his death, in 1996, the Vietnamese Government posthumously presented Trang with the Ho Chi Minh Award in recognition of his contribution to the nation’s culture. A street and a school in HCM City have also been named after him.
The city-based Tran Huu Trang Theatre is one of the country’s most well-known cai luong theatres.
The prestigious Tran Huu Trang Award to young and promising cai luong performers have been presented in HCM City every four years.