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"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 inaugural note in a building in
Lajpat Nagar, 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, along with their Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Choi Kwang-Shik and the Indian counterpart Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture.
The centre, which opened to public on Friday, 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, translated by Meera Johri of Rajpal & Sons.
A team from the World Taekwondo Headquarters joined the revelry, followed by performances of Korean traditional 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, an earthen pot full of ink and a big piece of cloth, created calligraphic texts in Korean and Hindi.
A guided tour through the cultural centre revealed significantly well-lit and spacious, if not magnanimously big, areas for gallery and performances. The centre will host various activities such as Korean language education, taekwondo classes, exhibitions and supporting Korean drama, films and various
K-pop clubs. For now, an exhibition titled "Moving Korea" is currently on, featuring seven Korean and one Indian artist, brought to Delhi by Korean curator Insang Song.
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