Morning Calm in Delhi

In the golden age of Asia, Korea was one of its lamp bearers. And that lamp is waiting to be lighted once again for the illumination in the East". As these words, penned by Rabindranath Tagore on March 28, 1929, about Korea, reverberated in an address note in a building in Lajpat Nagar in Delhi, the curtains went up on the first and only Korean Cultural Centre in India. The cultural centre was inaugurated on Thursday evening in the presence of Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Lee Joon-Gyu.

The centre, which opened to public on Friday in Delhi, had a series of cultural events, including launch of a Hindi translated edition of Korean bestseller and Man Asian Literary Prize winner Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. A team from the World Taekwondo Headquarters joined the revelry, followed by performances of traditional Korean music by singer Song So-Hee and Hindustani classical dancer Dasom Hur. Another interesting act was a calligraphy performance by Korean artist Song Dong Ok, who, with a thick ink brush and a big piece of cloth, created texts in Korean and Hindi.

The centre will host various activities such as Korean language education, taekwondo classes, exhibitions and Korean drama and films. For now, an exhibition titled "Moving Korea" is on, featuring seven Korean and one Indian artist.

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