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a teen drama series took over South Korea.Boys Over Flowerswasa Cinderella-esque tale of a less-privileged but feisty young girl who enrolls in a posh academy where she encounters F4 a group of four boys who rule the school The plot was simple: boys meet girl and a love triangle emerges It was as hackneyed as it sounds but nothing could predict the kind of response it generated not only in its home country but in Japan China Thailand Vietnam Singapore and the Philippines By the time the show wrapped up in March its popularity had spread to places as far away as Gangtok in Sikkim where two girls felt the ripples of Hallyu or the Korean Wave Fans in Aizawl Mizoram hold up phones and placards during an IMFACT concert (Source: KCCI) “It was like a virus and the whole school caught it” says Roshni Pradhan 20 a student at Manipal College of Physiotherapy She recalls how a pirated CD of the show made the rounds of the school converting students overnight into evangelical fans who began to casually pepper their conversation with Korean phrases: chincha (really) aish (oh no) aaniyo (no) chingu (friend) — and of course saranghae (I love you) “Korean dramas also come with original soundtracks I became a fan of the lead actors who are also singers I began to listen to their albums and I was hooked” says Pradhan So was the entire school and consequently Gangtok’s neighbourhoods where entire families gathered to watch Korean dramas on cable TV with English subtitles But for Mahima Gurung Boys Over Flowers and K-pop was more than entertainment — it changed her life “I’ve lived in a hostel my whole life but I didn’t have many friends I was shy and overweight After watching Korean dramas and K-pop videos I came out of my shell I began to exercise I coloured my hair But most of all I found new friends other girls with whom I could share my passion for Korean pop culture” says the 19-year-old who is studying geology at Sikkim Government College Tadong If it weren’t for their examinations both Pradhan and Gurung would have participated in the first-ever K-pop regional contest in Gangtok that took place on July 1 Nevertheless that Friday they joined over 1000 fans who had trooped to Manan Bhawan the secretariat building to watch IMFACT a Korean “rookie” boy band who would also judge the contest The boyband before their show in Gangtok (Source: Express photo by Rinchen Dorjee Lepcha) A 360-degree view and what you had was Oppa Gangtok style Girls like Pradhan and Gurung had modelled their look on Girls Generation: poker-straight hair grazing over pastel blouses paired with jeans; faux leather jackets blonde hair and a disinterested gaze — those girls were bringing home the vibe of rapper CL K-pop’s “baddest female” The boys were all BTS and EXO though — American football blazers patterned short-sleeved shirts skinny jeans — because like could you name any other boy bands that are hotter than them today Inside girls held their arms over their heads in an M-shape or joined their thumbs and index fingers to make heart signs and as IMFACT executed a coordinated jump on stage their screams reached fever pitch Hysteria swept through the hall when competing dance groups got into formation for BTS’s Dope and Fire; adults chaperoning their wards looked dazed and sheepish in equal measure The young fans many of whom had travelled from Manipur Nagaland and Mizoram didn’t care As far as they were concerned it was the greatest night of their lives What did they like so much about K-pop “Everything” Pradhan and Gurung say in unison Euphoria has reduced their vocabulary to “awesome” and “amazing” but when it comes to K-pop it makes perfect sense What makes K-pop different from Western pop Not much considering how derivative the sound is borrowing heavily from R&B mainstream American hip-hop trap and Euro-dance tropes But a K-pop music video That’s like an energy drink with multiple flavours One swig and you’re transported to a high-definition Technicolor universe where eternally youthful people with legs for days are dressed in the latest fashions the newest hairstyle framing their delicate white faces as they dance and sing about love heartbreak friendship and being young Every album is based on a “concept”; so sometimes they care about love sometimes they don’t sometimes life is dope other times they’re jaded and want to break free One thing is for certain: they don’t just look good they look spectacular “The Korean artistes are pretty stylish and so different from what we see on Indian TV where everything is saas-bahu There is only romance and fun in their shows or songs” says Gurung whose new and improved wardrobe includes distressed jeans and bright-coloured sweaters to match her ombre hair She had taken down the photos of the bands and her “true love” EXO’s 23-year-old baby-faced rapper Chaneyol from the walls in her room because of the exams but they are all up in the common room There are lipstick marks and hearts drawn in red ink on the posters and lots of giggling as Gurung and Pradhan show us around — this is a giddy kind of love but with little fulfillment in sight Roshni Pradhan (second from left) and Mahima Gurung (third from left) and their friends make heart signs in front of their K-pop shrine (Source: Express photo by Rinchen Dorjee Lepcha) Pradhan has taught herself a smattering of Korean uses the Korean script on her Facebook profile follows Oh Se-hun from EXO on Instagram and has made friends with fans in Singapore and Malaysia who share her love of all things K-pop Yet she seems to admit that she won’t be living in the candyfloss bubble for long “I feel that the course of our lives has already been decided We’ll graduate in a few years get jobs I want to apply to Korean entertainment agencies but I fear that time has passed us by” she says wistfully While Gangtok was chosen as the Northeast’s regional centre K-pop has exerted a greater influence in northeastern states — Mizoram Nagaland and especially Manipur — for quite some time “K-pop is as popular at home as Bollywood music if not more” says Adane winner of the Gangtok round The 16-year-old student from Don Bosco College Maram Manipur travelled for nearly three days to perform at the show And while she became a fan of the genre only a year ago Manipur’s love affair with Korean pop culture goes back 16 years In September 2000 the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) issued a blanket ban on Hindi including Bollywood films and songs to stop the increasing “Indianisation” of Manipur The lack of local entertainment channels forced people to look eastwards If you lived outside of Manipur you could tune in to watch Emperor of the Seaand A Jewel in the Palace two popular Korean dramas that were aired on DD1 in July and September 2006 respectively Boys Over Flowers gradually found its way to hostels in Kolkata Bangalore Hyderabad and Chennai leaving many young women hopelessly in love with Korean “flower boys” or metrosexuals “Korean men are portrayed to be as sensitive as women It’s okay for them to cry In Indian films and TV men mostly come across as emotionless macho types” says Aarcha Kumar 21 an avid “K-pop-er” in Bangalore since 2011 K-pop fandom in India today is driven almost entirely online especially on YouTube where Korean agencies post the latest music videos and fans upload their covers of popular songs The number of fans in the country runs into several thousands and they are spread over the Northeast Delhi Mumbai Bangalore and Chennai Fans take a selfie with members of IMFACT a K-pop band in Gangtok during the regional finals of the 2016 K-Pop India contest (Source: Express photo by Rinchen Dorjee Lepcha) The fandom consists primarily of tweens and those freshly out of their teens but is not limited to them “There are K-drama fans of all ages but not so for K-pop That is not to say that the genre doesn’t have something to offer to the more discerning listener” says Vibha Barrow 35 an editor at Scholastic India who has been a fan since 2005 “I liked what I saw when I first discovered K-pop It is a very visually-appealing genre in terms of choreography and presentation as well as the idols themselves That leads to an obsession with fair skin but I guess we have to acknowledge that that is a ubiquitously Asian problem” she says “I’m glad there’s no age limit in the contest as yet” says Bharti Gupta 29 winner of the Delhi round and recent K-pop convert To watch this petite north Indian girl belt out an Ailee song about moving on after the end of a relationship with gusto and flawless pronunciation was a surreal experience even for the 300-odd listeners who had flooded the basement of the Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) to watch 22 acts compete to win a spot in the Chennai finals “I feel a connection with Korean culture they have great respect for the arts I know I don’t look like the typical K-pop artist but the contest is a great opportunity for an Indian K-pop fan to represent the country” says Gupta It’s a connection born out of the randomness of a wired connected world; the serendipity that makes a young person in dusty Delhi sing of love in the language of Seoul’s streets Still K-pop would not have been here if not for one man *** “I had heard of how popular Korean dramas and K-pop was in the Northeast but the rest of India seemed to be more aware of American music So in 2012 I thought this could be a good opportunity to showcase our culture — why not have a K-pop contest in India” said Kim Kum Pyoung director of Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) as he paused to chat at the Gangtok show This K-pop regional final was of particular importance to him — Cho Hyun ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India was a special guest Not only that he’s also invited Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and Delhi-based Korean journalists to cover the show This wasn’t KBS’s first time to India to track the K-pop subculture Last year the network produced Dugeun Dugeun India (Fluttering India) a reality TV show that starred five of K-pop’s golden boys — Super Junior’s Kyuhyun SHINee’s Minho CNBLUE’s Jonghyun INFINITE’s Sunggyu and EXO’s Suho The premise was to introduce K-pop to India but after four episodes that were ill-informed not to mention borderline racist the show was canned This time KBS has an opportunity to set the record straight On August 25 2012 the first K-pop contest took place at KCCI in Delhi a year after Pyoung took over as director where only a handful of people took part Pyoung had been warned “They said Korean culture will not work in India because India has its own diverse vibrant cultures” he recalled But he persisted adding more cities each year and taking the contest to Dimapur in 2014 Aizawl in 2015 and now Gangtok Last year’s winners Frozen Crew a dance group from Aizawl represented India at the sixth K-pop World Festival in Changwon This year’s edition is the biggest yet and contests were held in six cities — Delhi Mumbai Kolkata Gangtok Patna Bangalore — through July The finals will be in Chennai on July 31 “When we started out we saw only participants from the Northeast but I don’t think Korean culture is popular there just because of the physical similarities As a Buddhist I can trace my roots to India There are many similarities between our eastern traditions such as the importance of family and the respect to elders” says Pyoung who had extended his original three-year term in 2014 to another three years If there’s something he’s learned on the way it is this: you can always trust the fans Case in point: Bangalore *** It has been five years since Jayashree N 24 first heard Gajendra Verma’s Tune mere jana a song whose video was inspired by K-pop singer Lee Seung Gi’s Words that are hard to say “I was curious about the original song and searched for it I became such a fan that I looked for all his work — his music acting cameos etc I ended up watching all his dramas” says the software professional who enrolled in Korean classes at Bangalore University last year “There are many people in the South who are into K-pop so I started a Facebook group and a WhatsApp group for Bangalore’s K-popers and the numbers are growing” she says Jayashree’s efforts led the KCCI to include Bangalore in the list of regional contests last year “They called me this year and asked if the fans could organise the event I was like this is what we’ve been waiting for” she says The Bangalore round was won by Aarcha Kumar who is headed to the finals for the second time If she wins the India contest Kumar will have to shoot a video for the Changwon contest; if she is selected she will win an all-expenses paid trip to South Korea A dusky girl Kumar is not at all fazed by K-pop’s preference for white skin “More than 95 per cent of the artistes in K-pop have very fair skin But things are changing Former FinKL member and K-pop icon Lee Hyori is seen as a pioneer for darker skin (by Korean standards) in Korean pop culture Michelle Lee a Korean-African American woman was a contestant on the first season of the popular talent search show K-Pop Star This year an all-Black K-pop group called Coco Avenue was formed in the US” she says This should give Pradhan some hope As soon as her exams end she will work on her singing and upload an audition video on the Korean agencies’ websites “Thousands of Koreans apply every day and only a handful are chosen as trainees I don’t know if I’ll match their beauty standards but I’ve got to try I want nothing more in the world than to go to Korea I want to see if it’s actually like what they show in the dramas — everything and everybody is beautiful” she saysWritten by Aditi Vatsa | Noida | Published: May 13 2017 4:52 am Top News A DAY after Uttar Pradesh Industrial Development Minister Satish Mahana met home investors and builders on the issue of delay in handing over of flats in Noida and Greater Noida police on Friday on the directions of a local court registered an FIR against another builder on charges of cheating Police said an FIR has been registered against Omaxe builders at Noida Phase 2 police station “The FIR was registered based on the directions of the district court under IPC section 420 (cheating) against six people who are part of the Omaxe management” said Rashid Ali SHO Noida Phase II police station Since March at least five FIRs have been registered against various builders mostly for delay in handing over of flats to home buyers Omaxe however could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts On Thursday while home investors met Mahana at Noida Authority office some home developers also met the minister on the issue ”The meeting was on the issue of delay in giving possession of flats There were around four to five home developers and we all have assured speedy delivery of flats”” said R K Arora Managing Director Supertech Limited The meeting also witnessed builders urging the Minister to waive the interest charged by the administration on delay in projects “We have delivered 22000 apartments in the last three years The basic problem faced by us relates to a court order due to which construction was stopped at these sites for more than three years We have asked the government to provide an interest waiver to builders due to this delay” Arora added Meanwhile home buyers had on Thursday suggested a list of measures which the government could take to protect the investors’ interests “We had asked the minister to ensure that buyers don’t have to pay extra payments such as farmer compensation escalation charges and that the builder be directed to assure that flats are handed to buyers on time Moreover partial completion certificates should also be issued to builders after proper inspection of the site to check if basic amenities such as electricity and water supply are available” said Annu Khan President Noida Estate Flat Owners Main Association For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 11 2017 5:01 pm As Kings XI Punjab won the match co-owners Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia were seen exchanging pleasantries Top News Indian Premier League’s tenth season not only hasthe cricket lovers excited but is also keeping all Bollywood followers glued to the screens While performances of Tiger Shroff Disha Patani Malaika Arora and many others have already upped the entertainment quotient of IPL 2017 Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia’s small talk post their team King XI Punjab’s win has made the headlines Sources claim that the two were extremely happy about their win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the April 10 game Everyone knows how the two had a fallout in 2014 but now it seems the two have let go of their past and are in a cordial professional relationship Preity and Ness dated each other for 10 years reportedly The two also became business partners when they became co-owners for Kings XI Punjab team in 2008 However their relationship started to turn sour within a year of buying the team In 2009 there were reports that Ness had slapped Preity at a party that they attended together In 2014 Preity accused Ness of abuse and molestation She lodged a case in which she mentioned that Ness Wadia had gone “to the extent of threatening me with dire consequences and intimidating me by boasting of his political clout and connections” As per the report in India Today Preity continued that during the match on 30th May 2014 at Wankhede Stadium “Mr Ness Wadia had intimidated me by saying that he could make me disappear as I was a nobody and only an actress and he’s a powerful person I say that I have been tried to be very normal and nice to him as I wanted peace in my life but the recent afore-stated incident in Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium has left me shattered and fear for my life” When Ness declined the allegations Preity had put a stop to the entire controversy with a long Facebook post in which she wrote “I humbly request the media and my supporters to pls focus on the issue and the incident that happened in Wankhade and not turn this and me into a TV soap This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone but simply to protect myself and to stand up for myself I don’t want any sympathy from anyone but i will sincerely appreciate it if people do not try to take away my dignity in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace I think after all these years i deserve it and I’m not asking for too much” It has been three years since the entire controversy And now both seem to have moved on quite graciously Preity had started off a new phase of her life after her marriage to businessman Gene Goodenough For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top News defeating Sunil Chaudhary of SP by 1, The minister assured from the dais that she had requested the state 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