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.
Piyush Mandal, Panvel, Maharashtra: People who love the culture, music, dramas, cuisine, beauty, etc. of South Korea, have dreams to attend events related to Korean culture. When I was new to the K-world, I was very lucky to attend a Korean Fair held by Korea Tourism Organization, India (KTO), at Andaz Hotel, Aerocity, Delhi. With the help of this event, I learned a lot and many unexpected things happened which were beyond my imagination.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
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.