We are delighted to connect with you virtually at the click of a button! We invite you to join us, whenever you are ready, from wherever you are, on myriad creative journeys, where with valued partners in India and in Korea, we explore new pathways and experiences, re-visit the magic of past performances and exciting exhibitions or present those newly imagined from creation to reception and distribution on digital platforms. In this edition, through virtual presentations, we present evocative journeys and sensory experiences that are moored in local culture but travel the world to resonate with audiences worldwide!
Join us at Annyeong Station, a platform created for episodic conversations and interactions with K-wave enthusiasts, industry specialists and influencers, who examine the phenomenon of Hallyu or the Korean wave and its impact on positioning Korea as an aspirational brand.
We hope, with this e-digest, to stay meaningfully connected with you, to discover and engage with the unique, local characteristics as well as the shared, global dimensions of the dynamic, ongoing intercultural dialogue between India and Korea.
K-Sori - Episode 1
Korean Band ID & Hilgeum
Date: Thursday, 9 September 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST
K-Sori, is an episodic series presented in association with Lotte Foundation, Noreum Machi and Nowpan Korea, to showcase emergent young musicians from Korea who provide a contemporary twist to traditional instrumentation and compositions. The series presents select winners of the annual Chulsapyo competition that began in 2015 in Korea to provide scholarships to high school and college students to encourage them to study gugak (traditional Korean music) and create qualitative compositions using traditional Korean instruments. The series celebrates the spitit of this initiative which aims to nurture, preserve and promote traditional Korean music amongst young musicians and a contemporary audience, both in Korea and around the world.
Episode 1 - Korean Band ID & Hilgeum
Korean Band ID 원초적음악집단 '이드
Korean band ID, founded in 2015, presents music that focuses on the powerful energy and unique timbre of the wind as heard and felt in Korea. They create their music based on the Korean musical element of folk songs and nursery rhymes, sometimes utilizing melodic or rhythmic phrases from other music genres as a source of inspiration.
ID adapted their name from the Freud’s term “id” in Latin, which means “the pleasure principle intended for satisfying the instinct or pleasure.” They aim to bring out the instinct for musical pleasure from their audience, through music that is characterized by the unique energy of the wind and cheerful atmosphere of the natural world.
It's High Noon
This piece combines the melody of an old Western movie with the rhythm of a folk song played in the northwestern region of Korea, and exemplifies one of the many musical experiments by ID.
Performers & Instruments
Nam Kimun - Piri (Double reed wind instrument), Taepyeongso
(Double reed wind instrument of the oboe family), Guitar.
Kim Gyeongsik - Piri, Taepyeongso, Saenghwang.
(Free reed mouth organ, derived but tuned differently from the Chinese sheng).
Oh Youngbin - Piri, Taepyeongso, Piano.
Do, Gyeonghan - Janggu, Drum-set, Percussions.
Nihil is a Latin word for ‘futility'. In a hectic, modern society, one can easily encounter nihil which makes one feel overwhelmed and often, powerless. People tend to consider it a negative thing to be overcome, but also a potential driving force. Even if nihil is something that everyone is afraid of, we can fly higher, by transforming it into a stepping stone.
A compelling and inspirational film of how disability can be transformed from a challenge to an opportunity. A film full of hope and resilience...
Two Different Eyes is a powerful documentary that describes Juseung Lee growing up as a child with vision impairment as well as his inspirational journey to become a professional film composer. As the Director of the film, Mr. Lee wants people to think about disability within an inclusive framework. The greatest challenge facing people with disabilities, the world over, is how they are viewed by society. Despite growing up within a culture where disabled people are generally viewed in a negative light, the filmmaker shows how has been able to overcome his challenges and follow his dreams. The filmmaker hopes that this documentary will help change people’s perspective on living with a disability as well as increase awareness of prevalent issues of discrimination and exclusion.
• Documentary film, 2020.
• 10 min 51 seconds.
• Colour & BW.
• Language: English (Korean, Spanish subtitles).
• Country of Origin : Republic of Korea, Spain.
• Filming Location: Valencia, Spain.
• This film has audio description.
The screening of Two Different Eyes will be followed by a panel discussion, presented in association with The Ability Foundation.
Towards an inclusive society: attitude and acceptance - a panel discussion.
To create a society that is truly inclusive for all people, including persons with disabilities, attitude and acceptance are important aspects. A person's disability is often less of a barrier than societal attitudes and acceptance.
The panel discussion, moderated by actor-director and trustee Ability Foundation, Revathy, will focus on the need for greater attitudinal change and acceptance.
The panel discussion is presented in association with
K-Factor - Episode 2 : K-Drama - Hallyu Binger
Annyeong Station, is a newly initiated platform in our infotainment section, for conversation, interaction and exchange. With a focus on Korean popular culture, this online space will include three segments:
K-factor: with freewheeling discussions, fun facts, demos and personalised conversations, with invited guests and K-enthusiasts, on K-pop, food, drama and fashion.
K-lounge: with curated interactions with industry specialists and influencers.
K-learn: which offers specially crafted, short hobby courses to connect through interlocking examples of Hallyu or the Korean Wave, with representative words, phrases and sentences of the Korean language.
Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST
“Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many
more amazing films.” - Bong Joon Ho, Director of the Oscar-winning film, Parasite.
From their intriguing plot lines to creating emotional connections with their viewers, Korean dramas and movies have taken the world by storm. Korean dramas are so binge-worthy that one loses count of how many Korean shows one has watched, especially during the countless lockdowns due to the pandemic. Korean dramas are focused on friendship, lifestyles, family, career, love and have provided a sweet escape for us all.
In this episode titled Hallyu Binger, on Annyeong Station, curated and hosted by our Korean language student, Dilnaz, we look at K-dramas as exemplars of cultural immersion, how binge-worthy K-dramas keeps one hooked and how K-dramas in particular and movies more generally, have acted as a catalyst for students to learn Korean.
Dance on Film is a specially curated series of contemporary dance projects developed by the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company. The series, co-presented by InKo Centre and the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, will comprise a total of 5 films, varied in theme and technique, to present some of the most exciting choreographers and dancers in Korea today. With the pandemic looming large, the films provide a window to the resilience of the artists in these unprecedented times, acknowledges the march of technology and the blurring of the real and the virtual and examines deeper fundamental questions of co-existence between Man and Nature and of the possibility of transformation and resurgence through art.
In Episode 2 of this series, we present Hiding Place, that examines the connection, or indeed the increasingly alarming disconnection, between Man and Nature.
Hiding Place depicts the boundary between nature and artificiality by highlighting the existence of humans living in Nature. The music for this production is scored by Tamura Ryo, a renowned percussionist and sound