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Indian lecturer’s photo of Vietnam’s solidarity during COVID-19 battle wins two contests



A photo showing Vietnam’s national pride and solidarity during the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic taken by an Indian lecturer living in Hanoi has recently won top prizes at two photography contests.

The photo by Prabu Mohan capturing a building in Hanoi festooned with national flags, a sign of solidarity when Vietnam was combating the pandemic in April, claimed the A award at a photo contest held by the Ministry of Health to celebrate country’s impression during the pandemic.

According to the ministry’s website, the contest was aimed at reflecting pandemic developments as well as the efforts of the people and authorities at all levels to fight against the virus.

It also looked for photos depicting Vietnamese people’s determination to overcome the pandemic.

Within two months of launching, the contest received 1,300 entries from 136 photographers who were Vietnamese living in Vietnam and abroad as well as foreigners.

Prabu Mohan is seen receiving his award at the ceremony of a photo contest held by the Ministry of Health to celebrate Vietnam’s impression during COVID-19 on October 23, 2020 in Hanoi in this photo published on the ministry’s website.

Prabu Mohan is seen receiving his award at a photo contest held by the Ministry of Health to celebrate Vietnam’s impression during COVID-19 battles on October 23, 2020 in Hanoi in this photo published on the ministry’s website.

Earlier, Mohan’s photo also won the first prize in the ‘World in Lockdown’ subject of the Editorial category at the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards.

“One of the ways to show your support in difficult times,” the Indian man captioned the photo now entitled ‘We Are In It Together’ on the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards’ website.

“It is an apartment building near my home,” he added.

“The residents hang the Vietnam national flags in support of those who are fighting against the novel coronavirus in the front lines.”

A screenshot taken from the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards’ website shows Prabu Mohan's photo titled 'We Are in It Together' winning the first prize at the 'World in Lockdown' category

A screenshot taken from the 2020 Aerial Photography Awards’ website shows Prabu Mohan’s photo titled ‘We Are In It Together,’ which won the first prize in the ‘World in Lockdown’ subject.

Talking with Tuoi Tre News on Sunday, Mohan expressed his appreciation toward the awards he had received.

“I’m very happy to hear about both awards in the very same week,” he recalled.

“Also, I’m really glad that I was able to share the picture about Vietnam’s fight against [the novel] coronavirus to a bigger audience by participating in and winning the aerial photo contest under the ‘World in Lockdown’ category.”

In April, Mohan took the photo, cropped it a bit, and posted it on a Facebook group whose thousands of members were expats and locals living in the capital city of Vietnam.

The cropped version of Mohan's awarding photo which goes viral in Vietnam in April

This image shows the cropped version of Prabu Mohan’s photo, which went viral in Vietnam in April 2020.

His post had since been flooded with positive comments from the members before it was shared all over social networks by both expats and Vietnamese netizens.

Mohan also recalled the scene on his Instagram handle @the_prabster.

“It’s an apartment building near my place with the Vietnam flags to show that we are all in it together to win the fight against COVID-19,” he wrote in the description of the Instagram post.

He went on to explain to his followers, “It’s been always like this in Vietnam, whether the country wins a football [game] or [deals with a] difficult time like this.”

Mohan said he is a senior lecturer of mathematics at British University Vietnam, and photography is his hobby.

The COVID-19’s tally of Vietnam on Monday morning stood at 1,168, with 1,057 recoveries and 35 deaths.

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‘Blood Moon Party’ among three historic Vietnamese box office hits



'Blood Moon Party' among three historic Vietnamese box office hits

A still cut from “Blood Moon Party.” Photo courtesy of “Blood Moon Party.”

“Tiec Trang Mau” (Blood Moon Party) beat “Em Chua 18” (Jailbait) to become one of the top three highest grossing movies in domestic cinema history.

Five weeks after its release, the film has grossed VND177 billion ($7.6 million), beating “Em Chua 18” (Jailbait), released in 2017 and directed by Le Thanh Son, once having earned a record VND172 billion ($7.4 million).

“Blood Moon Party” is currently ranked below “Cua Lai Vo Bau” (Win My Baby Back), grossing VND193 billion, and “Mat Biec” (Dreamy eyes), grossing VND180 billion.

The movie ranked second in the box office chart during the last three days of the past week, led by “The Croods 2”, an animation about prehistoric people setting off on an expedition in the modern world. Box Office Vietnam reports “The Croods 2” has raked in over VND8 billion at its premiere on November 27.

Director Quang Dung revealed his decision to make “Blood Moon Party” relied on his admiration for the Italian original, shot on a limited set, with a smart screenplay, intense plot, and relatable content. At first, the team had intended to include details more familiar to local audiences such as spam messaging or real estate cold calling, but later decided to stick to the original scenario.

“Blood Moon Party” revolves around four childhood friends growing up to work in different jobs, including journalism, plastic surgery and teaching. They reunite at a housewarming party and play a game of sharing texts and calls that spill a lot of secrets.

The plot sticks close to the South Korean movie, which is itself a remake of Italian movie “Perfect Strangers,” released in 2016, and directed by Paolo Genovese. This movie is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most remade in the history of cinema with a total of 18 remakes across the globe.


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HCM City guitarists to perform in Đà Nẵng



Guitarist Nguyễn Thanh Huy from HCM City will play at the annual Đà Nẵng Guitar Concert 2020 on December 5. Photo courtesy Đà Nẵng Festival and Event Organisation Centre 

ĐÀ NẴNG – A group of guitarists from HCM City will have a one-night performance at the annual Đà Nẵng Guitar Concert 2020 – entitled: Around the World – at the Nguyễn Hiễn Dĩnh Theatre on Saturday (December 5).

The city’s festival and event organisation centre said Saigonese guitarists will play solo, duo, trio, duo guitar and flute with melodies and rythms composed by authors from Italy, France, Russia, Canada and Spain.

Trio Thanh Huy-Ngọc Niền-Quang Huy will introduce O trio Magico of Roland Dyens and Baiao de Gude of Paulo Bellinati on the opening night.

Lê Ngọc Niền will play solo with Un Sueno en la floresta of Agustin Barrios Mangore, while Nguyễn Thanh Huy will do his own performance with Lulla&Pushkin Waltz of Yuri Smirnov; Cancion y Danza No.1 of Antonio Ruiz Pipó and Zapateado by R. Sainz de la Maza.

Quartet performances including Ngọc Niền, Lê Công Nam Anh, Quang Huy and Đình Quang will play Around the World by Patrick Roux; Tango del Sol (Hommage to the Sun); Ama-zone-E (Hommage to the forest); and Introduction et Fandango of Luigi Boccherini.

Solo Lê Ngọc Niền of HCM City will play solo and duo in a single night performance in Đà Nẵng. Photo courtesy Đà Nẵng Festival and Event Organisation Centre 

Minh Trang and Quang Huy – in a duo flute&guitar – will perform three pieces: Mia&Sebastian’s theme; Audition (The fools who dream) and City of Star in the film: La La Land (Oscar music Award) of Justin Hurwitz.

Duo Nguyễn Thanh Huy-Huỳnh Bá Thơ will play Suite Italiana of Mario Gangi and Jongo of Paulo Bellinati at the performance.

It’s an annual guitar concert that Đà Nẵng has hosted since 2013.

People can get free tickets at Lê Độ Cinema at 46 Trần Phú street in Đà Nẵng, or the city’s Exhibition centre at 9 Cách Mạng Tháng Tám street.

The performance will last 85 minutes from 8pm to 9.30pm. –


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Contemporary art on show in capital



HÀ NỘI — Nearly 500 works of various art forms including painting, graphics, sculpture, installation and video art by artists throughout the country are on display in downtown Hà Nội.

The show reflects the contemporary art life of the country in the past five years.

Titled the Việt Nam Fine Arts Exhibition, the event has gathered over 3,500 works by more than 1,380 artists after six months. The jury has selected nearly 30 of the best works for prizes including six second prizes, 11 third, and 12 consolation prizes.

The event is the most important of its kind to show trends of domestic fine arts. Photo Lê Hương 

Vương Duy Biên, former deputy culture minister and chairman of the jury, said they found it difficult to decide the prize-winning works as the talents of contributing artists are almost at the same level.

“Though there are no distinguished young talents and no first prizes awarded in all categories, the works this time have been more professional than in previous years,” he said.  

Sculptor Lê Lạng Lương, a member of the Sculpture Art Council at the event, said we can see more and more different viewpoints in creating art works: from realistic trends, modern forms, to abstract and minimalism.

Sculptor Nguyễn Xuân Tiến, another member of the sculpture council, noted that there have been no works really impressing viewers and reflecting a comprehensive view of Vietnamese sculpture over the past few years.

A Series of Dreams, a sculpture made from wood and metal by Lê Trọng Nghĩa, third prize. Photo Lê Hương

Sculptor Đoàn Văn Bằng, another member of the council, said the event has failed to attract artists who have actively worked in the field.

“A big question to organisers for the next event is how they should attract great names,” he said. “They should consider the size of the prize to gather proper names. The audience always expects to see works with fresh creative ideas.”

According to professor and painter Lê Anh Vân, a member of the Painting Art Council, though the event lacked popular names, the exhibited works still reflect a part of creative desire and the findings in expressive language of the artists in front of changes of society and technology.

Sil painting titled Thầm Thì (Wisher) by Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Minh. Photo Lê Hương

Researcher and art critic Phan Cẩm Thượng explains why great names did not attend the event.

“From 1995 to present, there have been more individual and collective exhibitions organised, where popular artists have been invited, than in the previous period. Besides, artists are often free in creating and thinking, they do not like being judged by certain criteria. Popular names now tend to follow commercial trends rather than pure art with individual and distinctive characteristics.

“That’s why the national event every five year has attracted fewer and fewer popular names. I think instead of waiting for artists to join, organisers should invite the most influential ones so that the event reflects the best domestic fine arts situation in five year’s time.”

The exhibition will run at the Việt Nam Culture, Art and Exhibition Centre, No 2 Hoa Lư Street, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hà Nội till December 10 before moving to HCM City’s Fine Arts Museum, 79A, Phó Đức Chính Street, District 1 between December 22 and 29.

Viewers at the event. Photo Lê Hương


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