Clik | Edition 4 | October 2020.

K-drama competition

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K-drama competition:

- announcing the winners and the top trending K-dramas.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020 | Time : 4.00 p.m. IST


Korean drama or K-drama refers to televised dramas in the Korean language, made in South Korea, mostly in a mini-series format, with distinctive features that set it apart from regular Western television series or soap operas. South Korea started to broadcast television series in the 1960s although today's mini deurama format of 12–24 episodes started in the 1990s.

Korean dramas, which are usually shot within a very tight schedule, are set either in contemporary times or in historical settings. From romantic comedies and action series to fusion science fiction dramas, K-dramas have captivated millions, both at home and abroad. Korean dramas are increasingly popular worldwide, with leading streaming services that offer multiple language subtitles. With strong and well-etched plots, definitive soundtracks, soulful storytelling, K-drama provide an effective entry point to experience Korean culture up close - language, landscapes, architecture, social norms, fashion, food and more! As a signpost of popular culture, K-dramas, along with K-pop and K-food (Hansik), is today, one of the strongest proponents of the Korean wave (Hallyu) with a huge and dedicated fan-base, worldwide!

The competition received close to a 100 entries and it is evident from the entries just how deeply and personally viewers are touched by the K-drama phenomenon!

We extend our grateful thanks to our esteemed panellists who selected the three winning entries as well as the 10 top trending K-dramas, as reflected by this competition:

Uma Vangal wears many hats – Filmmaker, Film professor, Film curator, Film historian, Columnist, TedX speaker & Life Coach. She specialises in South Asian & Tamil Cinema, Film & Gender Studies and is authoring books on The Fitmus Test – how to read a film from a woman's perspective and Collaborations beyond borders to reach global audiences. She is currently a faculty at LV Prasad Film Academy, Chennai and a Fulbright scholar at the Brooklyn College, CUNY, New York.

Jaedong Kang is an Assistant Professor at Rajagiri Business School, Kochi, India. He holds an MA in Applied Economics from Christ (Deemed to be University) and a BA in Political Science and Diplomacy from Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea. He has been appointed as a regional expert by Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency and is a member of the National Unification Advisory Council of Korea. His research interest is in the areas of foreign direct investments and business environments of foreign firms which operate in India.

RS Prasanna, is a Filmmaker and is the Writer-Director of Kalyana Samayal Saadham (Tamil/2013). He remade the same film successfully in Bollywood as Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (Hindi/2017). He is currently working on projects across films and web series, having also turned producer. He represented India at the Busan Film Festival's Asian Film Academy Fellowship, 2009 and was invited as an official guest of the German Embassy to the Berlin Film Festival in the same year. A gold medal winning Direction student at the Prasad Film Academy, Chennai, Prasanna works across Mumbai and Chennai.

The 3 winning entries as well as the top 10 Korean dramas, as reflected by this competition, will be published at 6.00 p.m IST at on Thursday, 1 October 2020.

Travelling Titles

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Travelling Titles

Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 | Time : 5.00 p.m. IST


For over two decades, the Chennai-based publisher, Tara Books been part of a global culture of publishing, which focuses on books with perspective, featuring unusual art and text. Collaborating with some of the most exciting voices in the field, their books are creative conversations between designers and artists from different parts of India, authors and illustrators across cultures and between publishers across the world.

We wish to initiate a conversation that engages with the theme of global connectedness by presenting a set of Tara titles that have been printed and widely appreciated in Korea. Working with over half a dozen publishers in Korea, there are currently 12 Tara titles available in Korean. This series of talks and interactions, focuses on 5 popular titles, one every month, from July to November 2020.

In the fourth edition of the series, we introduce Gobble You Up, a stunning children's book. It was published by Daekyo in Korean in 2013. Cumulative verses about a greedy jackal that loves to gobble all creatures that come in its way, come alive in a series of bold, graphic drawings. Originally found on walls of Meena homes in Rajasthan, this art has been recreated for the book form by Meena artist, Sunita. Join us to find out more about Meena artists and their art, as we take you on a photo journey through Rajasthan, and bring you back to the book and its making.

We hope, with the Travelling Titles series, to connect with readers from India, Korea and the world!

Tune in to Tara Books Youtube channel: TaraBooks on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at 5.00 p.m. IST.

Learn Seoye

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Beyond Binary
- an Indo-Korean Theatre production.

Date: Friday, 30 October 2020 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST


Beyond Binary, is a commissioned Indo-Korean theatre collaboration that was initiated by InKo Centre in India and AsiaNow Production in Korea. This collaborative production was supported by The Korea Foundation, commissioned by Arts Council Korea, Gangwon Cultural Foundation; and co-produced by the Namsan Arts Center. The production explores issues of sexual orientation and identity, drawing inspiration from Indian mythology. It was developed after a series of workshops, extensive research and in-depth interviews in India and Korea. The production aims to be a journey of discovery that links traditional and contemporary performance traditions. Through strong physicality, the performers explore the dynamic relationship between dance and theatrical movement with live Korean and Indian traditional music.

After 4 years of research and development, this production premiered at the Namsan Art Centre in Seoul on 5 April 2014. With 5 Korean actors and 2 Korean musicians, 4 Indian actors and 2 Indian musicians and a creative team of set, light, costume designers from Korea, this production, is directed by Bae Yosup, Artistic Director, Performance Group Tuida, one of the most exciting and innovative theatre groups in Korea.

About Performance Group Tuida: Performance Group Tuida was formed in 2001 with an aim to create an open, nature-friendly and evolving repertoire. Through an acting method that combines traditions of both Eastern and Western clowns, their performances are visually strong and are often interfused with fantastic and creative puppets, masks and music. Their unique signature is continuous experimentation which makes each production particularly singular.


Actors: Angel Glady India, Balakrishnan.V India, Palani Murugan India, Pooja Balu India, Hye-Ran Hwang Korea, Jae-Young Choi Korea, Ji-Youn Lee Korea, Ara Cho Korea, Soo-Jin Choi Korea, Byung-Jun Kong Korea.

Musicians: Yonrimog Korea, MaduAng Korea, Sameer Rao India, Bharat Vishwas India

Creative Team: Dramaturg: Hye-Ran Hwang, Assistant Director: Hyesung Kim, Stage Design: Kyung-Hee Kim, Stage Assistant: Kyu-Dong Hwang, Costume Design: Jin-Hee Lee, Lighting Design: Jung-Hee Kang, Sound Director: Yochan Kim

Director: Yosup Bae; Playwright: Co-Creation
Executive Producer: InKo Centre, Producer: AsiaNow Production
Support for International touring: Korea Foundation Production Collaboration: ARKO
Co-producer: Namsan Arts Center

Duration: 90 minutes.
Languages: Korea, Tamil, English (with subtitles)
Suitable for mature audiences

Tune in to on Friday, 30 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. IST.