Friday, 10 November 2017

Saying #ISeoulU At Seoul-India Friendship Festival...

The last two days have been buzzing with activity at Cyber Hub in NCR thanks to the Seoul Metropolitan Government's decision to celebrate its first-ever Seoul-India Friendship Festival, inaugurated by Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon and other prominent state dignitaries.

Lamp Lighting

With a view to promoting cultural ties and highlighting an amicable exchange across multiple facets between the City of Seoul and Delhi NCR, various aspects of Seoul’s art, culture and entertainment were showcased to a healthy mix of Indian and South Korean audiences at Cyber Hub.

Seoul, being the Capital of South Korea, is a metropolis teeming with modern skyscrapers and high-tech subways, that offers a fascinating fragment of the past at its World Heritage listed sites.

The city was ranked as the favorite world city by Asian tourists in the recent past and has boomed to become the world's tenth most economically powerful city and the second-largest metropolitan in the last five decades.

Seoul offers an intersection between pop culture and Buddhism to exhibit an unadulterated tinge of adventure to global travelers with its authentic and diverse culture and has gradually emerged to be a popular tourist destination among Indians.

It was heartening to witness first-hand, a classic Korean performance of the likes of Nanta, which being a non-verbal show incorporating traditional Samul Nori rhythm provided some much needed comedic relief in the depressing weather that Delhi NCR has had to put up with, of late.

Nanta for some comedic relief

The B-Boying battle between Indian and Korean groups along with some classic Bollywood dance performances thrilled young dance enthusiasts among the visitors at the festival.

Bollywood Dance and B-Boying

The Seoul-India Friendship Festival provided a platform for locals including Korean expatriates in India to experience Korean heritage and to revel in interesting performances staged by artists from both countries.

 Glimpses of B-Boying Battle

Commenting on the conclusion of the Seoul-Indian Friendship Festival, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said,

“The Seoul-India Friendship Festival was a great success and helped in establishing a deep cultural connect and understanding between the two countries. The festival facilitated cultural exchange between Delhi and Seoul in an entertaining and interactive manner. Such formats are a great medium for the audiences of different countries to intermingle and strengthen their bond”.

He added,

“We are deeply grateful to Indian authorities and partners who worked dedicatedly to make the festival a great accomplishment. Without their support and cooperation, we wouldn’t have been able to share the best of our heritage & culture with our Indian friends. We hope the initiative continues to support friendship and exchange between the two countries”.

Concluding this chronicle with short video footages of the cultural activities held at the Seoul-India Friendship Festival for the readers to enjoy as well. :)


Tunes with Cutting Boards

Korean Drumming


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