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We are delighted to connect with you through live events at physical spaces, via hybrid modes or virtually at the click of a button! We invite you to join us, whenever you are ready, or from wherever you are, on myriad creative journeys, where with valued partners in India and in Korea, we explore new pathways and experiences, the magic of live performances and exhibitions or engage with those newly imagined from creation to reception and distribution on digital platforms. In this edition, as we open our cultural calendar, through a combination of phygital presentations, we invite you to evocative journeys and sensory experiences that though moored in local culture, connect and resonate with audiences worldwide!

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.


at the Gallery@InKo Centre



Curated by

Vaishnavi Ramanathan

This exhibition will feature five Chennai-based artists who use the self as the starting point to explore personal, political and social worlds. The exhibition will feature artworks featuring the self both in literal and metaphoric ways. As the curator states, 'through portraiture and metaphorical images, these artists use the self as a conduit to connect with others and to register the socio, political and cultural realities of the contemporary world'.


Alamu Kumaresan
Koil Pitchai Prabhakar
Rohini Mani
Solairaj R
Yuvaraj K

About the artists:

Alamu Kumaresan

The self does not exist in isolation as it is shaped by a fabric of emotional bonds that nurture it and give it a specific character. Alamu Kumaresan’s works pay homage to these others who shape the self. Her works capture images of her friends and associates who have played a significant role in her life. To create these images, apart from painting, she works with laborious techniques such as stitching, embroidery and crotchet. These techniques not only help her play with colour, texture and pattern but also connect her with her loved ones, notably her mother and grandmother, who were adept at stitching. Her work on view in this exhibition continues her personal story depicting a moment of utter abandon as she floats on water. Through works such as these, she explores the varied layers of dreams, memories, experiences and longings that compose the self.

Koil Pitchai Prabhakar

The environment in which we grew up and the home that nurtured us in our formative years leave an indelible mark on our beings. Koil Pitchai Prabhakar’s paintings revisit his childhood in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu and capture quintessential images of the region. His works capture the details of the environment ranging from the characteristic bluish whitewash paint and architectural elements to the play of light and the material culture of the people. His works emerge from a sense of personal nostalgia but transcend this aspect to draw out the larger changes taking place in the rural socio-cultural fabric caused by migration to cities and the influx of modern technology in everyday life. Documenting his own journey as an individual and the transformation of a place of over time, his works connect with every individual, making them dwell on their own rootedness in place and culture or the consequent lack of it.

Rohini Mani

Rohini Mani’s works are intensely personal in nature and emerge from her own experiences of living in a society that equates beauty with certain pre-defined attributes. The prejudices she faced as a dark-complexioned individual drew her to self-portraits- a powerful tool through which she could recover the agency of self-representation from society.

Her works in this exhibition engage further with representational politics by probing into the roots of Indian beauty stereotypes. Here, she combines her own portrait with the images of Ravi Varma, whose images serve as golden standards of womanhood, to unmask the socio-cultural constructs surrounding beauty. Yet like a balloon that expands its inner space to find its presence in the world, her works also argue that it is possible to organically assert one’s inner identity. Thus, Rohini’s works encourage viewers to question the world we live in while also giving them hope that it is possible to overcome the prejudices of the world through the strength of the self.

Solairaj R

Drawn to landscapes from his student days, R Solairaj uses this genre to project his voice as an artist, activist and social observer who probes into the varied politics associated with land. Some of his works are inspired by his observation of the ecological changes incited by developmental politics taking place in his native city Madurai and Chennai, where he studied. Simultaneously, his works such as Fire is not a Fire depicting the Keezhvenmani massacre, focus on the politics of class and caste as it plays out through land that is perceived as an asset. This work, that emerges from his own visits to the site of violence, compliments Blue Journey that speaks of his transition into an artist-activist. Through such works, the artist highlights the uneven intersections of place, individual need/greed and the aspirations of the community that take place against a backdrop of socio-economic and political forces.

Yuvaraj K

Beyond the perception of the conscious mind lies a vast unchartered terrain of thoughts and impressions that subtly shape our sense of self. K Yuvaraj’s works weave together aspects that emerge from these varied realms of the consciousness. His works begin with the impulses from the world, such as the sounds that he hears and the forms that he sees. From these empirical starting points, his works drift into private worlds of fantasy. His works foreground deeply emotional bonds that defy the grasp of logic, such as the ties between humans and animals and those between parents and children. Inspired by his own pet and child, his works capture the magic of these relationships through simplified childlike forms and gravity defying figures. These, coupled with his use of kaleidoscopic colours, impart a sense of play to his paintings. Melding fantasy and reality, and elements from the conscious and unconscious mind, Yuvaraj’s works evoke liminal states of being.

About the Curator:

Vaishnavi Ramanathan

Vaishnavi Ramanathan is a curator based in India and the US. She has a Masters in Art History from Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru. She has curated shows in India and abroad and has served as the Senior Curator for Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai. She also writes on art for various art magazines.

Curatorial Note:

We live in a fragmented world that foregrounds the needs and desires of the individual. Yet each being is also connected now in unprecedented ways through technology with other beings. Subjected to the disorienting influences of mass media, globalisation, migration which result in a search for rootedness, authenticity, individuality and a lost sense of community, the self takes on a mutable nature.

Self-reflection presents the works of five artists who reflect on varied aspects of the self. Using the personal as starting points these artists move beyond the concerns of the individual being to empathetically address themes that are universal in their resonance.

Koil Pitchai Prabhakar paints the ecological, architectural and cultural realities of Southern Tamil Nadu where he grew up. Through this, he evokes a sense of nostalgia in viewers while also portraying the socio-demographic shifts taking place in villages. Rohini Mani uses self-portraiture to foreground the body and address the cultural and aesthetic stereotypes associated particularly with the feminine form. Alamu Kumaresan works with textiles and varied techniques of stitching that evoke her family roots to create larger-than-life images of her personal associations and experiences. R. Solairaj’s paintings portray the journey of the self through space, time and memory while situating this against a backdrop of socio-political aspects. K. Yuvaraj’s works weave a web of fantasy and reality inspired by the relationships people share amongst themselves and with the world of animals. Thus, through portraiture and metaphorical images, these artists use the self as a conduit to connect with others and to register the socio, political and cultural realities of the contemporary world.

- Vaishnavi Ramanathan

The exhibition will open at The Gallery @ InKo Centre on Wednesday, 2 August 2023 at 6.00 p.m.

On view until Monday, 4 September 2023.
(except Sundays and published holidays).

For further information, please contact InKo Centre - T: 044 24361224; E:

2023 International Teenage Design & Art Award

in Busan, Korea.


5 to 10

Presented in association with

Supported by

Sponsored by

InKo Centre, in association with K-Art International, is delighted to invite 18 students from India to attend the final round of the 2023 International Middle & High School Student Art Competition, in Busan, Korea.

A total of 18 entries were selected with 1 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze winners. All 18 students are invited to participate in the final titled - 2023 International Teenage Design & Art Award Art Competition to be held in August 2023 in Busan.

With a full programme comprising the final round of the contest, cultural performances as well as visit to sites of historic importance arranged for participants from Korea and India by K-Art International, Busan, this promises to be an exciting opportunity for meaningful student exchange and cultural understanding. At the final stage, there will be an on-the-spot painting competition in Busan, Korea, where the selected Indian students will compete with students from Korea and Japan.

The full programme comprises the final round of the contest, cultural performances as well as visit to sites of historic importance arranged for participants from Korea, Japan and India by K-Art International, Busan.

This international competition is an annual event that brings together talented young artists who show great promise in terms of precision of techniques, vivacity of colour combinations and treatment of thematic concerns.

The following students were selected and will travel to Busan for an immersive cultural experience and for the final leg of the competition:

S.No Name Class School
1 Kathiresan Vijay Murugesh Kavya 10 Abacus
2 Sylvia Hannah 11 APL Global School
3 Prabhu Kiara Elaina 12 Chettinad Hari Sree Vidyalayam
4 Jeyakumar Pettula Lauren 11 American International School
5 Balaji Anu Kamali 12 Lalaji Memorial Omega International
6 Narendar Shah Anya 11 Sishya School
7 Viswanathan Apinaya 9 PSBB Millenium
8 Rajkumar Divya R 9 Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Sec School
9 Karuthamannattil Athena 12 Sishya School
10 Senthil Neha 12 Chinmaya Vidyalaya Sr Sec School
11 Jayaj Gadha 12 Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi School - Kerala
12 Genesis Jacinth 12 Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Sec School
13 Aljubyl Fousiya Jasmine 9 Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Sec School
14 Sabharinath Shravantica 11 Velammal Vidhyalaya
15 Nagaraj Kodhai 9 PSBBSSS Siruseri
16 Medarametla Akshara 12 Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Sec School
17 Sanjana Anand 11 Sishya School
18 Mirutthika Prabhakar 10 Sishya School

Saturday, 5 August 2023 to Thursday, 10 August 2023 in Busan, Korea.

For further information, please contact InKo Centre - T: 044 24361224; E:

Annyeong Station

Season: 3 Episode- 1



Annyeong Station, is a platform in our online infotainment section, for conversation, interaction and exchange. With a focus on Korean popular culture, this online space will include the following 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.

In the first episode of Season 3 of the K-lounge section on Annyeong Station we present an engaging conversation that focuses on the phenomenal appeal of K-Drama. We present Deema Abu Naser, K-Drama Fan, in conversation with Puja Talwar, Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Good Times. Join us for what promises to be an insightful, sparkling discussion!

Deema Abu Naser

Deema Abu Naser runs the biggest Korean drama fan community in the world under “Deemalovesdrama,” on Instagram, TikTok & YouTube. She started her social media channels in December 2019, and now in 2023, has amassed over 400,000 followers. She began watching Asian dramas at the age of 11, and now at 25, is super proud and happy to be able to share her favourite shows and reviews with the world!

Puja Talwar

Puja Talwar is the Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Good Times with over 25 years' experience in Broadcast Journalism. Puja is a Content Creator, Show Host, Moderator and a published Writer. She hosts the popular series 'Candid Conversations With Puja Talwar' on Youtube and a podcast titled ‘Entertainment Unlimited on Spotify. She lives for coffee, travel and K dramas!

To join this conversation, click on: on

Wednesday, 23 August 2023 at 6.00 p.m. IST.

For further information, please contact InKo Centre - T: 044 24361224; E:

Kaya: An ancient Korean love story

Book launch and discussion with Professor Narayanan Kannan



Presented in association with

It is a captivating love story that links India and Korea in a manner most endearing. Is it more than just a probability? Did the Princess who married a Korean King and start the famed Gaya dynasty, really set sail from Southern India or its immediate surrounds? And was that the start of what is to this day an intriguing, binding, enduring relationship between these two ancient yet incredibly modern nations?

Professor Kannan Narayanan's book delves into the heart of this love story and encourages both reflection and critique, raising questions that may not have definite answers but reveals shimmering possibilities. We invite you to a book launch and discussion with the author on what motivated him to write this book, the research undertaken and what lies further ahead.

Join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking conversation!

Note from the author - About the book:

A Korean historian has initiated bilateral ties with the government of Ayodhya for possibly connecting the well-known Kim clan of Korea to a legendary queen from India who had established a confederation of merchant states called Kaya in Gimhae, South Korea. Though King Misra of Ayodhya was wary of this claim, he accepted an offer by the Kim clan to erect a memorial in Ayodhya for economic reasons. However, while scrutinizing the facts through field studies, literature survey and historical search it was found that the queen might have been from Madurai, Tamilnadu not, rather than from Ayodhya.

This may look trivial but considering the geopolitical and linguistic nature of Indian statehood, these findings are emotional and controversial. The Korean Connection is a book based on facts and figures of a research conducted over a decade by the author. This will interest not only scholars and historians but anybody interested in Korea and India.

Book 1: Kaya: True story of a Korean affair (English)

Book 2: 김 씨족의 모계혈통은, 인도의 타밀족인 가? 인도와 한국의 고대 연결 이야기 (Hangul)

- Professor Kannan Narayanan

About the Curator:

Dr. Kannan Narayanan, a double doctorate holder and a world renowned environmental analytical chemist is also a passionate Korea watcher. While he was employed by the premier Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) in Geoje, Korea for 8 years, he observed the Koreans, their language, their food, customs and art and found close links between Tamilnadu, India and Korea. When he looked around for researchers who might have seen these similarities he found Homer Bezaleel Hulbert an American missionary, journalist, and political activist who wrote in 1905 a book entitled, "A comparative grammar of the Korean language and the Dravidian languages of India". Nearly, 7 decades after Hulbert, Morgan E. Clippinger have given a detailed comparison of Korean and Dravidian vocabulary in his article "Korean and Dravidian: Lexical Evidence for an Old Theory" (1984). Being a native speaker of Tamil, an author and researcher Dr. N. Kannan could easily mined the data from these two ancient cultures and compare them in a scholarly way. InKo Chennai in their project called "Turtle Trail" have given him a platform to interact with Korean and Indian scholars on this subject. He edited a bilingual treatise on Korea Tamil relationship in 2016 and published a book in Tamil in 2018 which became an instàit and best seller. He has authored an English book on this subject entitled Kaya - the first true story of a Korean affair. With the help of Ms. Bhavani Ravichandran, he has translated his Tamil book into Hangul for Korean readers. Thus, an ancient passionate story is revisited in this book for a clear understanding of history which binds these ancient nations. This book is a joy for those who are interested in Korea and India.

Friday, 25 August 2023 at 6.30 p.m. IST at InKo Centre.

For further information, please contact InKo Centre - T: 044 24361224; E:


the Cafe @ InKo Centre


Did you know that drinking tea in Korea is not only a cultural tradition but also a way to promote health and wellness?

Korean tea is known to have many health benefits, such as improving digestion, reducing stress and anxiety and boosting the immune system. Koreans have been drinking tea for centuries as a way to maintain good health and balance in their lives. Korean tea can provide a caffeine-free alternative to coffee and other caffeinated beverages.

At Dokebi, traditional Korean tea is carefully crafted to preserve its natural health benefits and delicious taste. Drop in at our cafe to experience the authentic taste of Korean tea and to embrace a healthier lifestyle!

Here is our new menu of Korean teas along with their health benefits:

Marigold tea: alleviates cramps and aids digestion
Doraji tea: relieves cough, sore throat, or respiratory health issues
Ginseng tea: contains antioxidants that reduce inflammation and enhances brain function
Omija tea: beneficial for lowering blood pressure and for detoxification
Jujube tea: helps eliminate harmful toxins in the blood and prevents blood-related diseases.

Come try them all at our cafe and experience the health benefits of Korean tea!

For further information, please contact InKo Centre - T: 044 24361224; E: