“Reboot KCCI” After 2 years of Corona Pandemic

Vivek Sharma, 22nd March 2022, New Delhi: Korean Cultural Centre India ended the two-year-long pandemic’s non-face-to-face era and opened its facilities with a grand celebration ‘KCCI Reboot’ celebration. The centre is coming back with all its cultural class programs like Samulnori, K-Pop, Korean language, and Taekwondo, as well as the special exhibition of exchanges between Korean and Indian artists, Korean traditional culture experience rooms, libraries and much more. H.E. Chang Jae-bok, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India said, “Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the last two years have been tough for us. I believe that providing and engaging you with KCCI`s online activities has helped to relieve people`s stress and anxiety. Now, situation is coming back to normal in India. With your full support, the year 2023 will be a watershed moment in the history of Korea-India relationship as we will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties.” Talking on the consistent efforts to promote Korean language and culture world over by Korean Government, he said that remarkable growth had been achieved in recent times. The growing popularity of Korean language and culture in the India cannot go unnoticed. Mr. Hwang Il-yong, director of Korean Cultural Centre India said, “From today, we will return the Centre to our Indian friends. The registrations of all offline classes such as Korean lagnauge, Taekwondo, and Samulnori will be resumed. Korean culture, which has been firmly rooted and expanded during the pandemic, is about to explode like dynamite, KCCI will play the role of its fuse.” The day also witnessed the opening of special collaboration India-Korea Art Exhibition “Spontaneous Balance” by Indian installation artist Ms. Shobha Broota and Korean painting artist Ms Jang Hee Mun. While Ms. Broota art focused on the portrayal of order as the true essence of beauty and devotion, Ms. Mun used a direct and pure artistic approach to the raw aspects of reality. There were also thrilling and exciting K-pop and Taekwondo demonstrations presented which was applauded by the audience present. The grand opening was graced by the director of Korean Cultural Centre India, Adwaita Gadanayak – DG –National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Saurabh Wasson – Head of Exhibitors relations – India Art Fair and many more distinguished guests such as major cultural, arts, education and media professionals. During the last two years of the pandemic, Korean cultural contents have rapidly grown through OTT platforms in India and now it is forming certain wave phenomenon with fever. At a time when interest in Korean cultural contents such as K-pop, K-drama, Korean language, K-food, K-beauty, and actual consumption and demand in the local market are increasing more than ever, the news of Korean Cultural Centre India located in Delhi opening its door again is like rain after a long drought for Korean culture fans.