Arcturus from Hyderabad-India, for Aug 2020, Insta ID: arctur.us

Hello we are Arcturus . We are from the city of Hyderabad- India  We  came into this wonderful world of Hallyu on 13th June 2018. We are a teen girl group with passion towards dance and Hallyu.

We got influenced by the style and genres of K-pop. Although we have been inspired by BTS, the iconoic idol Kpop band from Korea. They inspired us a lot with their song’s and many more and we all thank them for making us ‘believe and  to love ourselves’. There are so many bands who inspired us but BTS got us into K-pop.

We would love to spread more awareness on K-pop to everyone and make them happy with our dance moves. Our group took part for the K-pop contest in 2019 on the song played by Ateez-‘say my name’, which was organized by Hyderabad K-poppers. As we all love the Korean culture, music and dance we would love to showcase the talent of Indian kpoppers to the public . Through K-pop we all are together as a group. Some of our group members have been to Kiwa India’s ‘VAV concert ‘ in Delhi at Siri Fort auditorium in 2019, we had  wonderful experience with the idols and we all thank Kiwa India for bringing the most talented K-pop groups to India and we are looking forward for many more such concerts in India .

Saranghae!!

Our group members are- Esther deborah, Catherine Joy, Deborah Phebe, Alluri Neha, Aadhya Sai, Niravadhya, Akanksha Mallela

 

Shreya Thota- Pune/Hyd, for Aug 2020, Insta ID: doy._.eyaaaaaa

How Influential kpop is in our lives

Making us not leave the explore page to motivating us to never give up in our lives and to keep loving ourselves is what kpop’s about. They just don’t create music, they inspire us to be determined about our dreams. They exactly know how to cheer us up with their personalities and always remind us to take care, work hard in our lives through their frequent live broadcasts, is what unique and beautiful when it comes to kpop. 2019 especially had a drastic effect on me, during the time kpop had many incredible cb’s especially BTS which came up with how to love your art, and never give up on it, no matter even if no one can see its beauty, as long as it makes you happy, you are proud of, and it means to you, that’s what should make you stay in the game, which was eye opening about “Black Swan” and Exo’s tour performance’s, watching their live versions of the songs I loved, which beautifully showed their vocals, was what kept me sane during that time. Fan wars never made sense,  because some people forget to feel the music, and appreciate the artist in the process of getting more view count. Streaming is meant for the fandoms to come together and listen to their favourite artist, enjoy the time, but it has  turned into more of a competition among the  fandoms causing them to hate on eachother. Of course there are many other factors as well, but this is not meant to create hate or for the views to set up a standard whether the song’s good or not, because at the end of the day it’s about how one feels listening to the song and being proud of the artist they stand.

Fansite’s, SNS/whatsapp groups bringing the fandom together all over the world

Everyone starts off with self discovering the groups through you-tube or other social media, but it’s less likely to find people who are into the same artists as them. Unless a person is discovering this world with their friends. But for those like me who was in this alone in the start, fan pages were life saver’s and establishment of region fan bases was very helpful to connect with people and this process is what makes this journey even magical, there are many factors involved when a fan stand’s a group and sharing the emotions and views about it with someone who understands it, just completes this. Because in this process we don’t just share thoughts, but empathize, form bonds, relate to the situations even. The kpop fandom is more like a family where one never is alone and this acceptance and support sometimes people don’t even get from their surroundings. What changed my life was when me and my friend volunteered for @BTSHyderabadARMY the first time for “Burn The Stage” in hyderabad where I met many incredible people, that was when we met the core members of the page, and the other volunteers, everyone were so sweet, meeting the people who you talked online was amazing and to be honest it felt home, that was when I made even stronger bonds with some of my friends The atmosphere was filled with positive energy, people with their army bomb’s doing the fanchants, getting all emotional after the movie was over and reliving this again is just beautiful. From the happy faces to those sad faces when it was all over, sharing those memories is what I’ll never forget. This was definitely a start to more meetings. We never got enough of it so we volunteered again for “Love yourself in Seoul” that was when we observed people getting more involved this time, bringing their loved ones along with them, and no matter it be a non army or a parent who was there, were having the times of their lives with their friends and parents. what gave me a completely different experience about the multifandom world was when we attended the “Taejin birthday event” which was by @kpop_hyderabad. We met them back during the burn the stage and that’s where I made best friends who I talk to frequently even today, no matter which group’s comeback it is, we are always there to hype our souls away and we just not only share our joys but also have come so far, that even if we are far apart we are there for each other no matter what. Knowing the fandom from all over the india, made me not feel alone when I had to move to Pune for my undergraduation, because two of my army friends who I knew online, were moving to Mumbai and pune as well, it never gave me a reason to feel alone or scared to take new steps in my life, because I was surrounded by the kpop fam everywhere. Even in my University, how I met my kpop friends is very special. My first friend saw my phone wallpaper and that’s how we connected, and that was just the start because I didn’t just have kpop friends in class, but they were all over even in my university. This just made me realize how we all are just one question away, to know if someone is into kpop or not.

“The best part is, it made a confused teenager myself, discover what I am meant to do, about not giving up, that I should love myself for what I am good at, and should embrace what I have which I have always hidden from others, thinking that I would not get acknowledged for. I feel even more grateful for it, as kpop made me meet many beautiful people who have a special place in my heart now.”

Thank you!

 

-By Raghnya Kaul -Gurgaon- for July 2020 Instagram: @roses_in_spring

Hallyu stands for “K-wave” which is the influx of Korean culture in any country be it through music,
dramas, movies or simply cuisine and fashion. India is known to be a land of many cultures and
traditions. Monuments erected here are not just fifty or sixty years old but, hundreds if not,
thousands of years old. The younger generation is already exposed to many different traditions from birth. Thus, we accept new cultures with open arms.

As globalisation spread through the country and technology became not just affordable but also advanced, the people quickly started taking an interest in not just Indian music but, music from across the globe. Streaming services that are considered a necessity nowadays were unknown to the commoners back in the day. As I sit in my dimly lit room, being forced to stay indoors due to the on-going global pandemic, I feel a little less lonely and disconnected from the world because I can enjoy hallyu from the comfort of my home.

Those who aren’t aware of the k-culture, it might be a little hard to understand and accept it.
Why are all these girls after EXO? Who is this Lee Minho and why are my friends such a fan of his
dramas? These are common questions one gets to hear from people who do not to listen to k-pop as a matter of preference. I love it and I love to be a part of it. K-pop has given me something much greater. It has given me friends, laughs and many memories which I’ll treasure forever.

Let me quickly add on an incident which happened with me last year, in the summer of 2019. I went for a trip to Hong Kong with my family as soon as 11th grade was over.  As I was sitting in the subway, I looked at two girls sitting parallel to me and my sister. One of them was busy in her phone whilst the other looked at me, gave me a bright smile and with a bit of hesitation said, “Hi Army!” and waved at me. Turns out she understood that I and my sister were discussing about the BTS merchandise that she was wearing. Me and my sister smiled and waved back too.  The fact that I could feel a connection with someone who lives a life which is completely different from mine, someone who speaks a language completely different from the one I do, someone who looks completely different from the people around me – made me feel like an 인사이더 [insaideo] (‘insider’ i.e. A person who has many friends and acquaintances) when I always thought of myself as an 아웃 사이더[autsaideo] (‘outsider’ i.e. a person who doesn’t have many friends and acquaintances).This sense of belonging, feeling of togetherness and of being “one” has to be my favourite part about K-pop.
Whenever I felt lonely, my idols told me that they loved me. And they continue to
do so. This is how they have always managed to bring happiness in my life. I’m glad that I could gain
some strength from K-pop. Something that I have continuously told my friends and I still keep saying to everybody else, is that words will never be enough for me to describe how much I adore my idols and how important it is for me. Those who struggle with tough times, I hope all of you can find some comfort through your favourite hallyu stars. I hope that you’re surrounded by love and happiness.

My journey with my idols as well as Kiwa has been lovely so far. I hope we can be together for a long
time!

Thank you!

By Hallyu Fan Ms. Pragyanshree Mishra – Mumbai

Featured for June 2020

My venture into to the Korean culture started basically in 2014 when my sister showed me my very first Korean Drama “Playful Kiss” that made me enter into the Korean world before which I was all about typical Indian serials and books, it was like an eye-opener and I started watching any Korean drama that I found interesting because all the dramas are quite different from one another and it’s generally 16-20 episodes long.

I guess it was around 2 years later when my sister again introduced me to k-pop culture with a BTS video and to be really honest I didn’t find it as interesting and stuck to watch the dramas. In 2018 BTS idol was something that my sister liked a lot so we used to listen to it all the time and when in April 2019 they were having a comeback I was somehow sucked into the fandom, I really can’t explain what happened but just that it started with ‘what is their name?’ as I know is for anyone who firsts joins the ARMY.

I am very glad that I have known BTS, they have made me realise many things and their song ‘Not today’ has been the one which helped me in my time of mental crisis and made me smile, I am forever grateful to them for that. I can’t express by words what they mean to me and how much happiness I feel just by looking at them, not just as an ARMY I know anyone who belong to any of the fandom can feel this for their idol.

I believe that once we open our eyes and see what’s beyond, we can find several people looking at the same thing and then it becomes a wave taking everyone along with them, just like the sparks that starts the fire.

Korean artist popularity has been increasing rapidly over the years and now a days I feel most of us are somehow connected to it. I am still trying to understand the Korean culture better and it always fills my heart with warmth and happiness. Recently I have joined Mumbai Korean club too where I have met some wonderful people who feels like family whom I know I could have never met otherwise.

I am so glad that the Korean culture is getting accepted in India as well, and happy that I am a part of it.

Saranghae