Khaen music of the Lao people

UNESCO 2021-08-12

The khaen music of the Lao people is played with a mouth organ that resembles panpipes but made with bamboo tubes of varying lengths, each with a metal reed. The player blows into the instrument through an air chamber and the sound produced depends on the size of the tube. Khaen music is popular in all regions of the Lao People's Democratic Republic due to its harmonic richness. It is usually part of village festivals and it is customary for people listening to it to become active participants in the songs and dances, rather than merely spectators. Khaen music is an integral part of Lao life that promotes family and social cohesion. Thanks to the use of bamboo, the practice is also linked to natural agriculture and healthy lifestyles. Families play an important role in transmitting the art and khaen player associations exist in many local communities where young people can learn the art. To maintain the practice in spite of lifestyle changes – including urbanization – several local communities, associations and groups have begun various initiatives to consolidate and promote it through formal and non-formal education. In 2005, the Association of Khaen Arts was established and various festivals are organized to promote and enhance the art.

Contact us

Address:Asean-China Centre, No. 43, Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Postcode: 100600
Tel: 86-10-65321660 ext 636
Fax: 86-10-85322527
Weibo: weibo.com/aseanchinacentre

LINKS

Presented by Chinadaily.com.cn Registration Number: 10023870-7 Copyright © 2016 Ministry of Culture, P.R.China. All rights reserved