“Magical Night”: Staring the values of Viet Nam – India culture interface

As part of the Viet Nam Days in India 2022 program, the Magical Night Vietnamese Art Performance has introduced to international friends the values of cultural connection between Viet Nam and India through a series of special ethnic art performances.

Shining moment of Vietnamese culture in friend’s country

Coming to the “Magical Night”, the public in India has the opportunity to enjoy the unique ethnic arts and culture of Viet Nam such as: Cham dance, Tac Sinh (San Chay community); Then singing (Tay, Nung, Thai), Lon Sluong (Nung ethnic group), Lon Coi (Tay ethnic group)…

The performances imbued with national identity were performed by the art troupe of the Viet Bac Folk Music Theater. For many Indian audiences, Vietnamese folk dances and songs are new and exciting. “Magical Night” is likened to a “train” carrying colorful Vietnamese culture and art, taking viewers through the emotional levels that lyrics and singing bring.

At the beginning of the program, the audience seemed to be immersed in the festive atmosphere of the Nung people through the Luon Sluong tune in the performance “Love”. This is a typical folk song of the Nung ethnic group, with the meaning of couples’ connection in love.

Right after that, the audience listened to the happy couple’s wishes for a lifetime of happiness through the Lun Coi tune in the performance “Call me”. This is an important element in the traditional music of the Tay people, stressed on expression as well as expressing the love between people and people, between people and nature of the Tay ethnic community.

As an integral part of the spiritual life of the Tay, Nung and Thai people in Viet Nam, practicing Then – one of the representative intangible cultural heritages of humanity inscribed by UNESCO in 2019, was selected to perform in the program. The Then singing performance “Hin Xuan” received a tremendous response from the audience, becoming one of the memorable highlights of the “Magical Night”.

Photo: The concert and Then singing performance “Hin Xuan” 

The performance also brought unique traditional melodies of the Vietnamese ethnic groups through a series of performances such as: singing and dancing “Tho Cam”; dance “My homeland Viet Nam”; dance “Red flowers of the forest” – a dance introducing the cultural colors of the Pa Then people with colorful and typical costumes; “Tac Xinh” dance – an important spiritual folk performance art in the Cau Season festival, always goes hand in hand with the process of forming and developing the San Chay community in Viet Nam…

The night of the cultural interference of thousands of years Viet Nam – India

Beside the performances imbued with Vietnamese cultural identity, the dance performance “Moon night” and the solo lute “Indian dance” are two performance acts that brought a lot of special emotions because of the moment of interference between art and music of Viet Nam and India.

“Moon Night” is a Cham dance performance – an art form that plays an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of the Cham people. Cham dance is associated with folk festivals and is often performed in sacred spaces.

History of Viet Nam has witnessed the exchange and contact of Indian culture from the 5th to the 3rd century BC, reflected in many fields such as architecture, art, religion…  as a clear result of this cultural exchange and acculturation fully converges in Champa culture in Viet Nam. Thanks to the similarities in expression, melody and rhythm, the performance “Moon night” has received a warm response from a large Indian audience.

Photo: the dance performance “Moon night”

In addition, the solo performance of the lute “Indian Dance” brought a unique and impressive combination. On the background of rich musical nuances but soft and lyrical of the Vietnamese lute, Indian dances that are flexible and pulsating are strangely harmonious. Music and art seem to have erased distances and borders, leaving only moments of cohesion and friendship.

Photo: the solo performance of the lute “Indian Dance”

As one of the earliest guests present at the program, Mr. Ashok Munshi, a former Indian soldier, said that he loves Vietnamese culture and often participates in performances of dance troupes music from Vietnam at every chance.

“Through the melodies and lyrics that the artists bring to the show, we Indians will understand more about Vietnamese culture and the country of Viet Nam,” said Mr. Munshi.

Opportunities to promote Viet Nam – India cooperation relationship

The Magical Night Performing Arts program was attended by Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong; Vietnamese Ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Hai; Secretary of State of India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vellamvelly Muraleedharan; Saurabh Kumar, Deputy Minister in charge of Eastern Affairs, Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of diplomatic missions, friends of India, the Vietnamese community in India…

Speaking at the program, Mr. Hoang Dao Cuong – Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism emphasized: “This art program is a vivid proof of cultural exchange between Viet Nam and India. On this occasion, Indian audiences have the opportunity to enjoy the unique ethnic art forms of Viet Nam, including those that have been inscribed by UNESCO as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. I believe that this meaningful cultural event will contribute to consolidating and further promoting the friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and India.”

Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, Secretary of State Vellamvelly Muraleedharan also affirmed: “India and Viet Nam share connections in history and civilization, through the common heritage of Buddhism and Champa culture. We look forward to working with Viet Nam to further strengthen cultural cooperation between the two sides in line with the Common Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People, set out by the Leaders of the two countries in December 2020”.