Virtual Connect

Infotainment

This strand will focus on presenting e-magazines, e-catalogues, e-books, webinairs, podcasts as well as links to films, videos and information on singular aspects of Korean and Indian culture.

“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.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST


The link will be active from 6.00 pm IST
on Thursday, 23 September 2021.

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.

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST.

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.

Date: Friday, 17 September 2021 | Time : 5.00 p.m. IST.


The link will be active from 6.00 pm IST
on Thursday, 16 September 2021.

For the first episode of K-lounge titled Daebak, we present Puja Talwar, Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Good Times, in conversation with lawyer and Founder, Pink Box Events, Nikita Engheepi, Assistant Editor and video Producer, Rolling Stone India, Riddhi Chakraborty and Senior Entertainment Journalist, Bollywood Hungama, Monica Yadav. Join us for a sparkling conversation with key insights on K-pop and its global appeal and how K-pop goes beyond song and dance, to present a message which strikes a deeper chord. The idols are ambassadors for peace and culture and have played a huge role in the rise of South Korea as a soft power with music that has healed, brought joy and comfort. The idols and their rising fandom only reiterate how K-pop powers Hallyu or the incredible Korean Wave that sweeps across the world with its sheer intensity, vigour and energy.

Moderated by Puja Talwar, Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Good Times, our guests include Nikita Engheepi, lawyer and founder of Pink Box Events, one of India's first event management companies to host exclusive K-pop concerts and Riddhi Chakraborty, Assistant Editor and Video Producer, Rolling Stone India, Senior Entertainment Journalist, Bollywood Hungama, Monica Yadav, who has vast experience in writing about the K-pop phenomenon with interviews with Korean artists as well creation of well-researched video content backed by as photoshoots in Korea and India.

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST


The link will be active from 6.00 pm IST
on Friday, 27 August 2021.

The K-factor platform offers freewheeling discussions, fun facts, demos and personalised conversations, with invited guests and K-enthusiasts, on K-pop, K-food, K-drama and K-fashion.

During this unprecedented pandemic and resultant lockdowns, food has moved centre stage - from providing immunity to being a stress-reliever; from finding new talented chefs and recipes online, to experiments at home with diverse cuisines. Korean cuisine or K-food, has been growing in popularity in India. Want to know more about this? Watch a demo and try out a few dishes on your own. Episode 1 on Annyeong Station’s K-factor platform focuses on K-food - top picks, recommendations as well as demo-cooking to highlight the uniqueness of popular Korean cuisine.

Episode 1 on Annyeong Station’s K-factor platform is an opportunity to interact, learn, share, in an informal setting. Moderated by our Korean language student, Shwetaa, this episode will include interactions with invited guests and a demonstration to make the popular Korean dish, Japchae.

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST

Junk Clown

- by Hyunjang Theater Company

A play that rings out a universal message about the cyclical nature of existence, of balancing the ups and downs and of the power of positive thinking, empathy and laughter as a panacea, especially in difficult times.

Junk Clown centre stages clowns who love to frolic, always laughing and having fun together with endless games and pranks. Through creative games, the clowns play with discarded drums, bicycle handles, broken bowls and dented pots to take their audience on a fun-filled journey, inviting them to explore mazes as in an amusement park.

With recycled material, unbridled enthusiasm and joyful, uplifting energy, this thought-provoking play, not just for children but for adults as well, rings out a universal message about the cyclical nature of existence and of the power of positive thinking, empathy and laughter as a panacea, especially in difficult times. The production particularly resonates in the context of the pandemic, where mental and physical well-being has been challenged like never before.

We thank our local partners in India- The Little Festival, Chennai, Ranga Shankara, Bengaluru, The Korean Arts and Cultural Centre, Guntur and The Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hyderabad, for their support in promoting the virtual presentation of Junk Clown via their respective social media handles.

Non-verbal. Duration: 49 minutes.
Suitable for children above 4 as well as for family and adult audiences.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021 | Time: 6.00 p.m. IST


The performance can be viewed until Sunday, 25 July 2021.

2020-2021

Of time and space, presence and absence, memory and identity - an exhibition at Prism by Lim Soosik.

Lim Soo Sik's photographic series constitutes a contemporary version of Chaekgado, which translates in English as bookshelf or bookcase, a genre of still-life painting dating to the Choseon period that was prevalent from the 18 th to the 20 th century in Korea. In his take on Chaekgado, Lim Soosik's begins by photographically documenting various bookcases located at different people’s homes. Even though most of the bookcases look similar to one another, each collection of books vary greatly, depending on the owner’s profession and taste. Alongside the books, the bookcases are adorned with stationery and decorative objects, according to the specific taste of the owner. This results in every bookcase conveying a unique story, while at the same time contributing fascinating visual elements to the project as a whole.

Lim Soosik's Chaekgado project is characterized by the deconstruction and construction of perspective. He photographs the bookcases in several parts and from different points of view. The fragmented images are then printed on Korean traditional paper, Hanji, which the artist assembles by hand-stitching with needles. Through this process of photo-collage the completed artwork not only obtains a particular visual distortion but also turns into a unique piece that a normal reproductive photographic work cannot attain. Just as a bookcase that is being filled, book by book over a long period of time, Lim Soosik's work is assembled piece by piece, carrying a unique value, in terms of time, space, presence and absence, memory and identity.

Date: Friday, 19 March 2021 | Time: 6.00 p.m. IST

The exhibition will be on view until Friday, 30 April 2021.

InKo Centre, in association with K-Art International Exchange Association, Busan, invited entries from middle/high and higher secondary school students from Chennai for the 2020 International Teenage Design & Art Award. Students from 11 countries including South Korea, India, Japan, U.S.A., U.K., China, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Ukraine and Canada, participated in the competition this year.

We received 127 paintings from students in Chennai for the preliminary level of this contest, Following further vetting and selection, 20 entries from India were selected and sent to Korea for the final stage of the competition. To view the winning entries in an online exhibition, please click the view button below.

Date: Friday, 27 November 2020 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST

EarthMatters - Indo-Korean Ceramic residencies.
- an e-compendium.

InKo Centre, partnered with Arts Council Korea, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Korea, Lalit Kala Akademi, Kalakshetra Foundation and DakshinaChitra, to present three editions of EarthMatters, a series of Indo-Korean Ceramic residency projects that brought together 32 ceramic artists - 16 each from India and Korea - in five-week annual residencies in Chennai between 2012 and 2020.

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020 | Time: 6.00 p.m. IST.

Rank your favourite K-DRAMA!

We invited K-drama enthusiasts to pick their top 3 Korean dramas currently on air in India and to tell us in 75 words or less about their selection, what appealed and why.

The competition received close to a 100 entries and it is evident from the range, tone and timbre of the passionate responses, just how personally viewers are touched by the K-drama phenomenon!

The top 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 on Thursday, 1 October 2020.

InKo Centre, in association with K-Art International Exchange Association, Busan, invited entries from middle/high and higher secondary school students from Chennai for the 2020 International Teenage Design & Art Award. Students from 11 countries including South Korea, India, Japan, U.S.A., U.K., China, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Ukraine and Canada, participated in the competition this year.

We received 127 paintings from students in Chennai for the preliminary level of this contest, Following further vetting and selection, 20 entries from India were selected and sent to Korea for the final stage of the competition. To view the winning entries, please click the view button below.

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

The Chennai Biennale, is a series of curated exhibitions that aims to showcase the range and variety of contemporary paintings from Korea.Curated by K-Art International Exchange Association and co-presented with InKo Centre, with support from several Korean organisations, these largescale expositions of contemporary paintings are presented bi-annually in Chennai. This e-compendium, comprising two volumes, showcases the work of close to 500 exceptional senior and emerging contemporary Korean artists, presented across four editions from 2013 to 2019.

Date: Friday, 14 August 2020 | Time : 5.00 p.m.

The Emerging Canvas series that commenced in 2012, was initiated by InKo Centre, in association with The Indian Art Museum in Korea, to identify and celebrate emerging young talent from both countries. This e-compendium pays tribute to 132 talented artists, presented across 6 edition of this series.

Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020 | Time : 6.00 pm