#KXperience with KTO India

Jasmine Khan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: KTO India is back with another amazing initiative to unite all the fans of Hallyu and allow them to experience the best of Korean culture. Korea Tourism Organization is presenting an online engagement initiative called #KXperience powered by BookMyShow to celebrate the spread of Hallyu wave in India by organising some specially curated content. KTO India or Korean Tourism Organization was established in 2008 and has its office in New Delhi, India that handles the Korean travel and tourism related information and caters to activities that promotes and boost the attraction towards South Korea, as a premier Tourism destination. This virtual event takes off on 17th September 2021, and will be conducted till 15th November 2021. Thats right! Its a whole two month of festive bonanza for all the K-Fans out there. Let’s take a deeper look to know what all you will get to enjoy as part of #KXperience with KTO India.

K-SONG REVIEW: 외계인 (Alien) by HAN JISUNG (Stray Kids)

Aanchal Tekriwal, Godda, Jharkhand: Stray Kids member Han Ji-sung, better known as HAN, released a solo track 외계인 (Alien) on 29th January, 2021, on YouTube. This track was written and composed by Han and his fellow Stray Kids member, Bang Chan. It is a comforting song with fairly simple enthralled instrumental music complemented with some drums, some guitar and a little bit of piano in such a way that the lyrics and vocal melodies could resonate deeply and directly with the listener’s heart. The essence of this song is melancholically beautiful and the loneliness most people experience can be felt.

K-Interview: DRIPPIN with Sakshma Srivastav

Shruti Mishra (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh), Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), Khushi Vaid (New Delhi) and Nikhat Parveen (New Delhi): DRIPPIN is a 7 members group under Woollim Entertainment. They were earlier known as W PROJECT 4 and Woolim Rookies. They recently released their first single album “Free Pass” on 29 June, 2021 and have gained 600K views on its official MV on Youtube. The Fans were surprised when famous host Ms. Sakshma Srivastav posted on her social media about an interview with Drippin. The interview was broadcasted on Mirror Now and Zoom on 24 July, 2021 2:30 PM IST and is also available on Zoom’s Youtube channel. 

Ultimate Summer Jam of 2021- ‘Troll’ by IU feat. DEAN

Ashna Susan Varkey, New Delhi: The South Korean vocal queen, Lee Ji-eun better known as IU released her fifth album titled ‘LILAC’ on 25th March, 2021. As expected from the multi talented artist, all the songs are unique. The whole album is a juxtaposition of genres. The album is all about saying goodbye to her 20s and hello to her 30s. The sixth song on the album is titled ‘Troll’, which is produced by DEAN and Park Woo-sang. The lyrics were written by IU and DEAN. 

K-Album Review: PINOCCHIO by f(x)

Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: SM Entertainment’s third girl group, f(x), consisting of members Victoria, Luna, Amber, Krystal and Sulli, known for their very experimental concepts and catchy lyrics, released their first full studio album in 2011 called Pinocchio. It consists of 10 tracks and each track has a quirky uniqueness which is expressed clearly through the members’ vocals. Let’s go into the depths of these songs and find out, what makes these songs so special!

K-Album Review: Border Day One by ENHYPEN.

Dhrumi Mayur Shah, Surat, Gujarat: Border Day One is the debut album of the boyband Enhypen, formed through the survival show, I-land. Enhypen consists of seven members: Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, and Ni-ki. This album consists of six tracks and sets the theme of a supernatural concept performed by Enhypen. It also shows many other charms of the group and explores different concepts portrayed by them. Let’s take a look:

Japanese Music by Korean Artists: An Important Part of Hallyu Wave

Mehak Sharma, New Delhi: Music is not restricted to languages or boundaries. Over the past few years, K-Pop has grown remarkably by not only capturing the Asian markets, but has also established its recognition in the West as well. K-Pop has never restricted itself to the Korean language either since many K-Pop groups release multiple versions of their songs in different languages as well, such as in Chinese, Japanese, and English. Looking deeper into this, Japanese releases have by far captured significant spotlight being one of the biggest music markets in the world, accompanied by an interesting Korean-Japanese history.

K-Interview: Lo-fi Hip hop Artist BB

Riya Choudhary and Nikhat Parveen, New Delhi: BB (비비) is an Indie, Lo-fi, Hip hop artist, Beatmaker and Rapper, who debuted with the song Reaction in the Year 2016. So far, until his debut, he has explored and created different genres of music, that are subtle and have soothing rhythms which set the tempo for the listeners. His recent release Morning Cafe has left an amiable remark on his fans. His voice is very smooth and mellow timbre, light and bright, which is often enhanced by many of his stylistic choices that have lured over 20, 311 monthly listeners on Spotify. Read below his experience of working and making songs as well as about his journey in this interview.

K-Pop MVs Screening Glimpses of Nature

Khushi Sharma, New Delhi; Diya Nair, Kochi, Kerala; Khushi Vaid, New Delhi: K-Pop MVS are astoundingly known for their peculiar shooting; capturing every detail as much as possible. They try presenting minute details regarding colour, contrast, lightening, depth and composition. Regardless of the budget, they try to capture every complexity of the scene, resulting in pleasant aesthetics and vibrance. It is said that our emotions are connected to music while at the same time connected to the nature. To celebrate this imperishable bond here are some K-pop songs that celebrate nature of South Korea.

Popular K-Pop Sub-units

Mehak Sharma, New Delhi: As K-Pop fans, we love to see our favourites collaborating with different artists which not only helps them to gain more attention but also increases the scope of showcasing their individual styles. Moreover, the excitement doubles when they team up with members to form a sub-unit. The list of sub-units is incomplete without mentioning the legendary boy group Super Junior. The very first official sub-unit in K-Pop was Super Junior: K.R.Y comprising Kyu-hyun, Ryeo-wook, Yesung, that debuted in 2006 by releasing two original songs titled as The Night Chicago Died and The One I Love. Let’s take a look at some of the popular sub-units of K-Pop groups.