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Writer, composer Nguyen Dinh Thi passes away (April 21, 2003)


Nguyen Dinh Thi
Writer, composer Nguyen Dinh Thi, chairman of the National Committee of the Vietnam Union of Arts and Literature Associations, member of the Presidium of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, died on April 18 due to serious illness.

Nguyen Dinh Thi was born on December 20, 1924 in Luang Prabang in Laos. He grew up in Vu Thach village, Hanoi. He was a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam and a co-founder of the Vietnam Writers’ Association.

Nguyen Dinh Thi joined revolutionary activities in 1941. In 1943, he became a member of the Cultural Association for National Salvation. He was also a delegate attended the Tan Trao National Congress. After the August Revolution in 1945, he served as the secretary general of the Cultural Association for National Salvation. He was the youngest deputy of the first Vietnam National Assembly, and a member of the NA’s Sub-committee for Constitution Compilation and member of the NA Standing Committee.

Nguyen Dinh Thi was a member of the executive board of the Vietnam Letters and Arts Association from 1948 to 1955. From 1956 to 1958, he was the secretary general of the Vietnam Letters and Arts Association. From 1958 to 1989, he was the chairman of the Vietnam Writers’ Association for the first, second and third tenures. In his latter years, he was the chairman of the the National Committee of the Vietnam Union of Arts and Literature Associations and member of the Presidium of the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

Nguyen Dinh Thi was a talent in writing songs, novels, poems and plays. He became famous with his song ‘Nguoi Ha Noi’ (The Hanoians) and the poem ‘Dat Nuoc’ (The Fatherland). He was the writer of the first epic novel ‘Vo Bo’ (A Breach in the Bank) and author of famous dramas: ‘Con Nai Den’ (Black Deer), ‘Nguyen Trai o Dong Quan’ (Nguyen Trai in Dong Quan) and ‘Rung Truc’ (Bamboo Forest). He was among the first to write poetry without rhyme.

Nguyen Dinh Thi was one of the first recipients of the Ho Chi Minh Prize for Literature and Art Works. He was also honoured with the Independence Order, first class and many other awards and prizes.

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper

     

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