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.
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.
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.
Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: BTS, a well-known boy-band from South Korea, internationally recognized around the globe for their remarkable performances; whose music echoes throughout the world always replenishing audiences with a sense of optimism, courage and enthusiasm that accentuates the significance of self-love within lives through the medium of their captivating music. The seven-membered much-loved boy-band perpetuates liveliness through their music. The meaning & lyrics of their songs are always energetic and encouraging to listen to. BTS, enthralled the fans globally when they announced the release of their docu-series based movie, Break the Silence, last year in September, 2020. During these reeling times of pandemic and lockdown being imposed in several countries, fans finally got a chance to get a glimpse of BTS and to know more about every member. This movie brings their raw and vulnerable self more closer for fans to connect to.
Sriadita Emani (Hyderabad, Telangana), Sanskriti Pun (New Delhi) and Chandra Joshi (New Delhi): KFanzz Entertainment, is an emerging Event and Public Management start-up based in Hyderabad, that focuses on organising events to increase the relationship and the growing love between India and South Korea. Keeping in mind the pandemic, KFanzz Entertainment recently organised an online Dance Workshop on 25th April 2021. This workshop was held in partnership with OTT Entertainment, an artist management company based in South Korea. Read to know more about this workshop.
Shrishti Kalwar (Mumbai, Maharashtra), Smiti Iyer (New Delhi), and Madhavi Sutar (Kolhapur, Maharashtra): On 13th June 2021, BTS completed 8 years of their journey in the musical industry. In order to celebrate this occasion, the group organised their 6th Muster, an annual fan-meeting event that marks their anniversary; at Jamsil Stadium, also known as the Seoul Olympic Stadium on 13th & 14th June. The word Muster means an assembly of troops, referring to the meeting between the Bulletproof Boys and their A.R.M.Y (fandom of BTS). The event marked the end of their two week long celebration known as Festa. This year, the fan-meeting event was conducted virtually and was streamed on the online platform due to the pandemic and included diverse elements such as ARMY Signal, ARMY in Echo, and ARMY on Air to connect with the fans. Nearly, 1.33 million fans, from 195 regions attended this two-days paid-event all over the world.
Isha Singh (New Delhi); Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), and Chanchal Bharti (Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh): Every year, 5th June is celebrated as World Environment Day to raise awareness about the protection of the environment. The theme of this year’s Environment Day was “Ecosystem Restoration.” There are many notable celebrities from South Korea who understand their social resposibilities and have many times stepped ahead to carry out initiatives that are meant to save and protect the nature and the environment. With the strong and familial connection, they have with their fans, they not only leave a positive impact on them, but also encourage many people around the globe to do their bit. Here, we will highlight some of the impressive causes and acts that these celebrities from South Korea have been a part of:
Sonal Naudiyal (Dehradun, Uttarakhand), Shruti Mishra (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh), Suparna Mitra (Kolkata, West Bengal), Jasmine Khan (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh): The wait for the most-anticipated interview of the year is over! The one which left the fans gushing and giggling in excitement since the day the news was shared with the world. We are talking about the recent BTS interview ft. Sakshma Srivastav’s Indian Interview that took place on 5th June 2021 and was broadcast worldwide. This interview rightly took the credit for being one of the most well-conducted and highly researched interviews with BTS having well-intended and meaningful questions that highlighted and focused on each member’s distinct characteristics and artistry that shape their music and is a major influence all over the world. Moreover, this interaction also left the Indian ARMYs (BTS’ fandom name) to rejoice and swell in pride because it unofficially gave the green signal to them as BTS acknowledged India and their strong presence among the Indian fandom; which everyone had been waiting eagerly for years.
Jubby Kumar (Bilaspur, Chattisgarh), Riya Choudhary (New Delhi), Smriti Lakra (Guna, Madhya Pradesh): Since a long time, the K-pop fans in India have been looking forward to a collaboration between an Indian and a Korean musician that could be remembered as a cultural reset. Much to their delight and anticipation, this expectation was fulfilled when popular Indian singer, record-producer, and performer Armaan Malik, American–Korean singer, song-writer, and television host Nam Beom-jin famously known as Eric Nam and Indian-American producer and DJ, Niles Hollowell-Dhar, also known as KSHMR joined together to bring the first ever K-Pop and Indian Pop collaboration song called Echo, celebrating the AAPI Heritage month.