Kabir Khan, New Delhi: Listening to BTS has always been a pleasure. Over the years, one after the other, they’ve been continuously releasing terrific hits. Released in 2020, ‘Map of the Soul: 7’, we were gifted with some of the best melodies with the most beautiful lyrics. Today I’m going to talk about one song from this album, that is dear to my heart and soul! (pun intended). Let’s get it!
Korean Wave popularly called as “Hallyu” (한류) has gained massive popularity across the world in recent times and India is no different to it. A rapid boom in India can be witnessed in the recent years with rising popularity of K-Pop and K-Dramas among the youth and teenagers that is eventually leading to their interest in other aspects of Korean Culture. The pandemic seems to have also contributed for the shift of people towards consumption of Korean entertainment at large. It is now valid to say that most fans in India are thrilled by it and wish to at least witness everything they see on screen in real life. To sum it up, it is that every Korean wave fan wishes to visit Korea once in their lifetime. Taking this undeniable point into notice, Korea Tourism Organisation and The Hindu presented an online event discussion on the topic “The Rising Korean Wave in India and Its Influence on Post- Pandemic Travel to South Korea.”
Eshani Bora, Guwahati, Assam: ‘Trivia 轉: Seesaw’ is a solo song by Suga or Min Yoongi of BTS. A song from BTS’ repackaged album Love Yourself 結 Answer, it was released on August 24, 2018. ‘Seesaw’ is written and produced by Suga and Slow Rabbit.
Hallyuween Story 1: Forever Together; Nehal Tambe, Maharashtra: Taeyong has been a great artist, this was what he was meant for in life and he was an ace. Everybody knew this. That’s why his team didn’t stop him when SM entertainment offered Taeyong a solo career and a world tour. They were supportive and let him have the chance. Taeyong went from country to country and place to place and was finally coming back after 6 months of touring the world.
Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: Big Hit Entertainment, the management agency of global superstars BTS, recently held a two-day online concert, Map of the Soul ON:E. Scheduled for October 10 and 11, they offered a new meaning to virtual concerts with the use of technology to connect fans with the artists on a real-time basis and up the scale of the production and performances.
Rimsha Seher, Delhi: They say that there’s an untold story behind a person’s favourite song – a reason why they like the song so much that its name rolls out of their tongue every time they’re asked about their favourite song. Could it be that they can relate to the lyrics? Or is it because they are enthralled by the melody? The reason behind a song being someone’s favourite can only be answered by the person, just like how only I can describe why ‘The Truth Untold (ft.Steve Aoki)’ from BTS’s album, Love Yourself: Tear, is my favourite song.
Mehak Sharma, Delhi: Once in a while, we find ourselves encountering days where we just want to be left alone with our thoughts. Though the reasons for such gloomy days may vary. It could either be stagnant and monotonous life, or the inability to determine whether we are on the right track in life or not. Everyone needs to be comforted during such times. And what could be better than music that stirs up emotions and offers endless comfort! So, here is a list of 10 K-pop songs straight from my playlist.
Rimjhim Thakur, Delhi: On February 13, 2017, the Global K-pop boy group, BTS released their second full-length studio album You Never Walk Alone which was an extension of their previous album Wings. It is considered as one of their greatest albums as it contains their most successful, chart-topping songs such as Blood, Sweat & Tears; Not Today; and Spring Day. These songs are still ranking high on the Melon charts in South Korea. Let us see and review each of their songs in detail.
Diya Jain, Delhi: The world offers an endless amount of fresh and breathtaking art in the form of movies, films, songs, paintings, and much more. But we often find ourselves cocooned in our world, to an extent that the majority of cultures remain alien to the average individual. Even in the case of diverse musical cultures, as a fan of K-pop, I’m often asked the reason to choose and appreciate the music I listen to. After all, it is in Korean, they say. But the beautiful thing about music that most fail to notice is that one does not need to understand the language in order to enjoy it.
Yashi Priya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Bangtan Sonyeondan, widely popular as BTS, is a seven-member boy band from South Korea that debuted in 2013 with their lead single ‘No More Dream’ from the album 2 Cool 4 Skool. The artists were under Big Hit Entertainment, a small company with humble beginnings. As the name of the group suggests, the septet desire “to be resistant to bullets, so it means to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that are aimed at the adolescents like bullets, to preserve the values and ideal of today’s adolescents.”