30th July 2017, New Delhi: Talkatora Stadium at New Delhi was turned into mini Korea and the occasion was Grand Finale of ‘K-Pop Contest 2017’. The debut performance from South Korean Boy Band ‘Lucente’ was full of energy which made the Indian audience tap their toes. In vocal Staccato group (members – Jincy Jacob and Sajin J Mathew) from Delhi grabbed the 1st position and Immortal Army (Members – Vanlaltanpuia, Vanlalruata, Laltanpuia, Zothantluanga, Vanlalhruaia, Zomuansang and Lalrammawia from Mizoram was the winner of Dance category. Now both the groups will fly to South Korea, Seoul and will represent India proudly at the World K-POP contest 2017.
The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of Lee Hye Kwang – Acting Ambassador Embassy of Republic of Korea, Kim Kum pyoung – Director of Korean Cultural Centre, India. The stadium was full with more than 2000 audience present.
Quote from KCC Director said that now South Korean culture has its great presence in the heart of Indian youth and such a huge participation of candidates this year has proved it. I wish the winners good luck for the K-pop World Contest which is to be held in Seul, South Korea.
The stadium was all full with energetic and welcoming audience. The competition was tough as all the participants from 11 states gave neck to neck competition. This year 4 month long contest witnessed the participation of 424 teams with 898 members participating from Pan India. The finally selected 24 team participated in the grand Finale round. Other dignitaries present were Kwon Jong Sool – Director of Korea Tourism Organization, Oh Kyungdon – Regional Director Asiana Air, Han Sang wook – Regional Director – Korean Air, Lee Doyeol – President of India regional HQ – Innisfree, Lee Hyogeun CEO OLENS and Koo Sangsoo – President Korean Association.
At the event visitors also experienced traditional costume(Hanbok), traditional games, quiz contest and Korean food which was organized by fan clubs supported by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange.
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While the crowd cheered, the judges had a tough time while deciding the winners. 1st and 2nd position winners from both the categories will go to South Korea. Along with certificates 3rd, 4th and 5th Winners were awarded with Samsung TV and Refrigerator, Samsung Microwave and Smartphone and Innisfree Gift box respectively.
The participating teams in dance categories were: ‘We are Family Crew’ and ‘Girls Crush’ from Delhi, ‘Hot Issue’ – Assam, ‘Morning Star’ – Patna, ‘Hindustan Spring Boots’ – Chennai, ‘Flame X’ Crew – Nagaland, ‘Immortals Army’ – Mizoram, ‘Stardust’ – Bengaluru, ‘Unpredictable Dice’ – Hyderabad, ‘DS3’ – Odisha, Meraki’ Crew – Mumbai, ‘Mansae’ Crew – Kolkata.
The teams in singing category were: ‘Staccato’ and ‘Mali Hazuel’ from Delhi, ‘V21’ – Assam, ‘Richa Tigga’ – Patna, ‘Pooja Chandramohan’ – Chennai, ‘Binthu Newmai’ – Nagaland, ‘Juchy113’ – Mizoram, ‘Aparna Ramaswamy’ – Bengalaru , ‘Neelima Kadali’ – Hyderabad, ‘Kashmira Rout’ – Odisha, ‘Priscilla Darngawn’ – Mumbai, ‘Juthika Gautam’ – Kolkata.