All-India K-Pop Contest 2023 wins hearts of audience in city
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and India, Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI)in association with LG Electronics is organizing All India KPOP Contest 2023.The event will be held throughout pan India over a period of about six months with four rounds; online, regional, semi-finale and grand finale. The online qualifiers round was held from April 26th to May 13th in which 11,071 teams participated from Pan India, the biggest participation ever since the inception (2011) of the contest in India. The selected participants from online preliminaries will participate in the regional round to be held at 11 cities.
Kolkata opened the regional round contest at mini Auditorium, Science City. The event was graced with the presence of H.E. Chang Jae-Bok, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India. 123 participants including both from dance and vocal category competed at mini auditorium, Science city, the auditorium was packed with K-pop fans and cheered the participants. Specialperformance was given by team of Korea National Sports University, who came all the way from Korea and gave Korean practical dance and K-pop cover dance performances. Chang Jae-Bok, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea was present at the event.
Jeon Hong-Ju, M.D. of LG Electronics India said, “It’s time to say that K-pop has finally made its way in India. We are extremely delighted to co-host the K-Pop Contest with Korean Cultural Centre India. We are pleased to give the youngsters a right platform to live their passion. K-pop has become a global sensation, and Indian youngsters find K-pop resonates with their generation. We are delighted that more than 10,000 teams hassent their submissions & numerous people have shown interest.”
Participants are gearing up for giving tough competition at the regional rounds. From Kolkata, the regional round will go to Hyderabad,Kohima, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Chennai,Mumbai,Delhi,Lucknow and Itanagar.Each winner in the song and dance category selected from the regional preliminaries will participate in the semi-finals. The 10 winners (5 vocal, 5 dance) of the semi-finals will be able to receive singing and dance training from experts through “K-Pop Academy” program. The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the finals, and the final winner will be given a visit to Korea as prize. Delhi will host both semi final and final round The final round of the event will be held as a special cultural event to celebrate G 20 Summit with renowned K-Pop artist band from Korea.
All-India K-Pop Contest, one of the representative events by KCCI, has been held steadily every year from 2011 to its 13th edition this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was held online in 2021 and 2022, but this year’s contest will be held as an offline large-scale festival event again.