Indian youngsters shine in K-pop contest

Ever since the PSY's hit number 'Gangnam Style' went viral, Indian music lovers have been keeping track of the latest Korean music and dance forms. This has resulted in its widespread popularity – K-pop being one of the most accepted ones. People across the country not only listen to K-pop music but also prove their passion towards this genre.

Taking this craze for Korean music into consideration, LG K-pop India contest 2019 was organised where over 1952 teams participated. The finale of the same was held in the Capital recently.

Amongst the participating artists from across the country, 'Lokalz Crew' from Delhi and 'Harini Nittala' from Hyderabad bagged the winning title, and are all set to compete at the international stage – 'Changwon K-pop World Festival 2019' later this year. The contest, which attracted a large number of audience from all over India, also saw spectacular live performances by the popular band 'IN2IT' along with the talented solo artist Alexa. The band of seven boys, which debuted in 2017, had come to India earlier in April this year, and danced to the rhythm of peppy Bollywood music numbers.

Millennium Post interacted with the international celebrity artists, and here are few excerpts:

How they started their career in K-pop

IN2IT: We all met in 2016 at a Korean show, where all of us were competing against each other. But to our surprise, by the end of the show, we became a group.

ALEXA: I started dancing when I was only two, and later participated in a competition at the age of 13. It was then that I realised my passion and love for dancing. And since then, I have been performing in different stage shows.

How are Bollywood and K-pop interlinked

IN2IT: We feel Bollywood songs are very energetic and watching Bollywood music videos is totally different from performing on it. It requires a lot of energy. Recently, we watched the song 'Ankh Marey' from Simmba movie and we would love to try our hands on it too.

Alexa: It's good to be back again in India. I always find Bollywood very interesting, colourful and bright, and that's the reason I feel connected to it.

Talking about K-pop as a dance form, IN2IT said that the most impressive feature about K-pop is that artists are regarded as an idol in this culture. Also, K-pop, which was only followed by youngsters, now is also getting popular amongst the elders.

"Initially, K-pop was more influenced by the music industry of Japan or America, but over the years, Koreans added more of their fashion and efforts to it."

Speaking about the future of K-pop in India, IN2IT said, "There will be more Indian K-pop artists performing across the world."

"In near future, relations between India and Korea will also improve thereby providing more opportunities to us," they added.

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