South Korean Ambassador to India, his Excellency Joon-Gyu Lee, will be arriving in Dimapur on July 26 for the upcoming K-Pop Contest 2014 (Northeast Auditions) to be held at IMC Hall, where he is schedule to officiate the international exchange programme for youth, as Guest of Honour.
Amongst the other Korean delegations accompanying him on his first maiden trip in the Northeast region, would include Mr. Kim Kum Pyoung, Director of Korean Cultural Centre India and members from the Korean musical troupe Dream Project.
Confirming the news report, Mrs. Yari Rubu, one of the staff members of Korean Cultural Centre India, told Sevendiary.com, “His Excellency will arrive in Dimapur Airport via Kolkata flight on Saturday and would leave the next day”.
The two-day visit will be the first ever official government outing by the Republic of Korea, to Nagaland and the Northeast states, where the Korean wave is widely reported to be popular with the locals. From old to young, the urge for the Korean culture ranging from TV soaps, music, films, anime, fashion, food and Korean language is growing tremendously rapid fast in the region.
In Hornbill 2008, the Korean television channel Arirang made its debut entry in the state and participated in the Indo-Korea Music Festival held at Kohima.
The Northeast round of auditions for K-Pop Contest 2014 will be judge by three professionals from South Korea. A total of 12 participants (6 singing team + 6 dancing team) from the region will be selected via preliminary online round at the contest official site.
The Indian auditions are going to be held in four cities (New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Dimapur). The two winning teams (Song and Dance category) from India will win an all-expenses-paid tour to South Korea and a chance to participate in the annual K-Pop World Festival 2014 where teams from various countries will compete for the grand title.
The term “K-Pop” – an abbreviation for “Korean pop” first began gaining wider international attention under the name of the “the Korean Wave,”or “Hallyu” in Korean in the mid-1990s. The business weekly Forbes picked K-Pop as one of the “20 Trends Sweeping the Globe” in 2008.