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.

The Rising Korean Wave in India: K-Event by The Hindu and Korea Tourism Organization of India

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.”

K-Pop India Contest 2020: Hyderabad Regional Round Winners

Sriadita Emani, Hyderabad: Hyderabad Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 16th August 2020 at 2 p.m. IST on the YouTube page Hyderabad Kpoppers. The Regional Round organiser on Instagram is hyderabad_kpoppers. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories and the organiser regarding their experience of this event.

K-Pop India Contest 2020: Dehradun Regional Round Winners

Vanshika Sharma and Sonal Naudiyal, Uttarakhand: Dehradun Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 19th July 2020 at 2:30 p.m. IST on the YouTube page, Dehradun Korean Culture Fanclub. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories and the Regional Round organiser regarding their experience of this event.

K-Pop India Contest 2020: Bengaluru Regional Round Winners

Ekta Aggarwal, Delhi: Bengaluru Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 9th August 2020 at 5 p.m. IST on the YouTube page, BKF INDIA. The Regional Round organiser on Instagram is Bengaluru Kwave Fanclub – BKF. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories regarding their experience of this event.

K-Pop Contest 2020: Ahmedabad Regional Round Winners

Diya Jain, Delhi: Ahmedabad Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 14th August 2020 at 6 p.m. IST on the YouTube page of k-culture Gujarat Official by the Regional Round organiser, Young Feeds. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories regarding their experience of this event.

K-Pop India Contest 2020: Chennai Regional Round Winners

Subulakshmi MG, Pondicherry: Chennai Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 7th August 2020 at 7 p.m. IST on the YouTube channel of The K-wave India. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories and the Regional Round organiser regarding their experience of this event.

K-Pop Contest 2020: Bhopal Regional Round Winners

Smriti Lakra, Guna, Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 15th August 2020 at 2 p.m. IST on the YouTube page of Madhya Pradesh Korean Fanclub. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories and the Regional Round organiser mpkfc_hallyuwave regarding their experience of this event.

K-Pop India Contest 2020: Imphal Regional Round Winners

Sonali Sharma, Tezpur, Assam: Imphal Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 24th July 2020 at 12:00 p.m. IST on the YouTube channel K POP Manipur 2020. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories and the Regional Round organiser kpopmanipur2020 regarding their experience of this event.

K-Pop India Contest 2020: Lucknow Regional Round Winners

Jasmine Khan, Lucknow: Lucknow Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 was conducted online on 26th July 2020 at 2 p.m. IST on the YouTube channel Korean Culture Lucknow. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Dance and Vocal categories and the Regional Round organiser Kculturelko regarding their experience of this event.