K-Album Review: KAI- The First Mini Album by KAI

Vidhi Gosain, New Delhi: Kim Jong-in, better known as KAI, is the dancing machine of the Chinese-Korean boy band, EXO. Although, he is better known for his dancing skills and amazing fashion sense, his solo debut took the industry by storm. His debut mini album, self-titled KAI, released last year, on November 30, 2020; exceeded the already high expectations of EXO fans. Each song in the mini album fits well with KAI’s sensual persona and clear-cut dance moves. He proved with this EP that he is truly an all-rounder. The EP consists of 6 tracks and falls under R&B genre.

K-Fashion: Basic Styling Trends

Sanchita Bathija, Gwalior, Madhya Pradhesh: The interest in Korean fashion and styling has increased in the recent times amongs millenials and Gen Zs in many countries. Seoul is swiftly becoming one of the fashion capitals globally. Popularity of K-Fashion is increasing day by day due to the increased popularity and widespread reach of Korean media, K-Dramas and K-Pop around the world. Here, we are covering some basic Koreanstyling trends. Take a look!

Independence Day Celebration in India and South Korea

Amandeep Kaur, New Delhi: Freedom is the most valued thing in this world and every human individual has the right to freedom. Many countries struggled to get rid of their rulers, colonisers, and invaders for centuries. Thousands of freedom fighters and warriors sacrificed their lives for their country and fought wars and battles to get independence. The timeline of history reveals that India and South Korea are among the countries that got freedom from their colonisers Britishers and Japanese respectively on the same day, i.e., 15th August.

K-Interview: Korean Language Instructor and YouTuber Era Kaundal

Khushi Vaid, New Delhi: Era Kaundal is a professional Korean Language Teacher and a YouTuber based in India. She has been learning Korean language since 5 years and has helped her students to connect with the culture and practices of South Korea using a Korean perspective that she has developed over years of study. Era has completed 2 years of Korean Language Diploma from Delhi University and 1 year of Advanced level studies from the Korean Cultural Center. She has been teaching Korean for 2 years on various popular platforms and has taught more than 1500 students. She also loves creating video content on social media about Korean culture and language. Let’s take a look at her conversation to know more about her journey.

K-Event: KFanzz Korean Language Workshop

Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), Richa Singh (New Delhi), Shalini Roy (Kolkata, West Bengal), Ojasvi Peer (Hyderabad, Telangana), Ritika Jain (New Delhi): On 24th July, KFANZZ Entertainment in partnership with OTT Entertainment, organized a Korean Language Workshop, where Mr. Lee Hamin, a well-known Korean Language teacher from OTT Entertainment was invited. KFANZZ Entertainment is a start-up event based organization that connects K-culture enthusiasts all over India and organises events related to it. On the other hand, OTT Entertainment is an idol-management agency. They also have their own K-pop idol group, vocal, dance and Korean language trainers and are very much ready to organising online workshops in partnership with other organizations. The duration of the language workshop was of one hour

K-Event: Simply K-Pop CON-TOUR India

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.

K-BOOK REVIEW: IN ORDER TO LIVE

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.

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.