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Music Professor Nguyen Vinh Bao : Officier des Arts et des Lettres

Posted at: TUEsday - 12/05/2015 11:03 - Viewed: 2753
Music Professor Nguyen Vinh Bao

Music Professor Nguyen Vinh Bao

The 91 year – old professor, the last person in his generation of original ”don ca tai tu” (a kind of southern traditional music player) just got the letter from the Embassy of France in VietNam informing he has been appointed Officier des Arts et Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Communication " for the distinction recompense your contribution to the development of cultural diversity and your commitment to the musical heritage of your country, cooperetion with France" : the letter said.

The ceremony of handing over of this distinction will be organized in a later date.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature) is an Order of France, established on May 2, 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and confirmed as part of l'Ordre National du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

French government guidelines provide that citizens of France must be at least thirty years old, respect French civil law, and must have, “significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.”

Members are not, however, limited to French nationals. Recipients have included numerous foreign luminaries.

Foreign recipients are admitted into the Order, “without condition of age.”

The Order has three grades:

Commandeur (commander) - medallion worn on necklet; up to twenty recipients a year.
Officier (officer) - medallion worn on ribbon with rosette on left breast; up to sixty recipients a year.
Chevalier (knight) - medallion worn on ribbon on left breast; up to 200 recipients a year.

The médaille of the Order is an eight-point, green-enameled asterisk, in gilt for commanders and officers, in silver for knights; the obverse central disc has the letters “A” and “L” on a white enamelled background, surrounded by a golden ring emblazoned with the phrase “République Française.” The reverse central disc features the head of Marianne on a golden background, surrounded by a golden ring bearing the words “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.” The commander's badge is topped by a gilt twisted ring.

The ribbon of the Order is green with four white stripes.

According to the statutes of the Order, French citizens must wait a minimum of 5 years before they are eligible to be upgraded from Chevalier to Officer, or Officer to Commandeur and must have displayed additional meritorious deeds than just those which originally made them a Chevalier. However in the statues there is a clause saying "Les Officiers et les Commandeurs de la Légion d’honneur peuvent être directement promus à un grade équivalent dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" Translation : The officer and commanders of the Legion of Honour are able to be promoted directly to an equivalent grade in the Order of Arts and Letters. This means that were someone to be made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters one year, then made an officer of the Legion of Honour the next year that person would be upgraded to Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters having bypassed the five year rule

Pfofessor Nguyen Vinh Bao also was given a great honour at the 51 world music conference at Honolulu of America from the 15th to 19th of November,2006.

Nguyen Thuyet Phong, Professor of the Institute of Vietnamese music in America said that the music professor Nguyen Vinh Bao has devoted all his life to the “don ca tai tu” in the South through teaching, lecturing, creating musical instruments, and music performance techniques.

Congratulations to Professor Nguyen Vinh Bao!


Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Medals of the commandeur and officier
Awarded by the French Minister of Culture
Type Commandeur (commander)
Officier (officer)
Chevalier (knight)
Awarded for “Significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.”
Status Active
Established 1957
Next (higher) Ordre du Mérite Maritime
Next (lower) Médaille des Évadés

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Source: cailuongvietnam.com
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