Hanoi (VNA) – Khen (panpine) has played an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of the Mong people in the northernmost province of Ha Giang. traditional musical instrument indispensable in their daily life, has created a unique feature of the local culture.
Panpine gourds are usually made of pine wood, kim giao (Nageia fleuryi) and po mu (Chamaecyparis hodginsii). Preserving the craft
Born in 1985, Mua Mi Tua started playing the panpine when he was 14, and is currently the youngest in Sung Trai commune who knows how to play the instrument. bamboo tubes to tell of their sorrows for the death of their parents and the loss of their love. Thereafter, the Mong people started to compose touching melodies to show their sentiments toward their ancestors.
Despite changes in society, the Mong have preserved the Khen as the soul of their culture. Many men continue to make the instrument and pass on the techniques to younger people.
The panpine gained the national intangible heritage status from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2015./.
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