Riya Choudhary (New Delhi), Nikhat Parveen (New Delhi), Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), Suhasini Singh (Pune, Maharashtra): On 2nd July 2021, Simply K-Pop Con-Tour’s Twitter handle dropped an exciting online event for Indian fans for the very first time. You must be wondering, what is a Simply K-Pop Con-Tour ? Well, Simply K-Pop Con-Tour is a K-Pop music show that exclusively airs on Arirang TV and their YouTube channel. Several renowned K-Pop artists from around the world interact with their fans onstage and entertain them with performances of some of their most popular songs. K-Pop fans around the world get up close with this unique music program.
Shruti Mishra, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Almost 1000 people escape North Korea every year, despite having good chances of being caught and put into labour camps . Something was going eerily wrong in this region that in the face of such mercilessness, Yeonmi Park, at the mere age of 13, escaped from North Korea in 2007. Her memoir ‘In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom’ is an account of such a brave escape. It’s a story of Yeon-mi and her family’s struggle and hardships, her account of escape from the infamous country, and her journey to freedom. It is a first-hand account of life in the ‘mysterious nation’ and is a source which satisfies our curiosity of knowing what mystery lies in this part of the Asian continent.
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.
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.
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.
Anisha Nath, Kolkata, West Bengal: Woman can do anything beyond their limits. In the South Korean drama Graceful Family directed by Han Chul-soo, you will see how much a woman can do to win the game of life. The roles of the actors fit them very well making this drama binge worthy. Due to their best acting skills and a very good storyline; this drama attracted a lot of viewers starring Im Soo-hyang playing the character of Mo Seok-hee, Lee Jang-woo playing the character of Heo Yoon-deo, and Bae Jong-ok playing the character of Han Je-gook. The character of Im Soo-hyang and Bae Jong-ok was the main reason why I watched it twice and I will not hesitate to watch it again.
M. Janakavi, Namakkal, Tamilnadu: Have you ever tasted Korean Marinated Raw crab? This name is quite misleading, as many folk expect it to be a raw crab, but it turns out to be a well-fermented crab dish. Let me bring in to you a salivating and tempting appetite recipe of the Korean marinated Raw Crab dish. This dish is known as Gejang, where Ge means Crab and Jang means soy sauce in Korean. It is popularly called as Kanjang Gejang, meaning marinated Raw crabs in Soy Sauce. Also, some regions in Korea call it as Gejeot as it stands for salty fermented seafood served with Rice as a side dish.
Saumya Jain, New Delhi: Are you anticipating your trip to South Korea and have not check listed any cafes yet? Then, you will miss out on something big!! Trust me!! Do you know South Korea is the land of some of the most creative cafes in the world. The collection of themed cafes is immensely unique. There are many cafes which you can visit if you have time to tour South Korea. Well, don’t worry, I have a checklist ready for you guys which will help you out during your next journey to South Korea. Here is a list of top 6 must visit cafes if you travel South Korea. Do not miss out!
Nikhat Parveen (New Delhi), Riya Choudhary (New Delhi), Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), Shruti Mishra (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh), Sriadita Emani (Hyderabad, Telangana): Summer Camp? Yes! you heard it right!! In this gloomy pandemic phase, the one essence of summer that we all were missing was to attend a Summer Camp. Fortunately, KHIGH, came up with a digital event called KHIGH Summer Camp. KHIGH is an independent entertainment platform providing coverage of Korean pop and culture related events, news, and trends in India. This event was designed to give the K-lovers an amazing experience to enjoy the Hallyu filled summer in the form of exclusive Fanmeets, workshops, educational content, games, activities, hangout and talent shows.