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How young Indians are flexing their skills through K-pop dance and music covers

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Updated on: 12 August,2022 10:58 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Sarasvati T | sarasvati.nagesh@mid-day.com

K-pop is an indomitable force driving the Hallyu wave in India. For over a decade now, the admiration for K-pop idols such as BTS as well as the emergence of high-spirited K-pop contests has inspired many young musicians and dancers in India to hone their art and find a sense of community

How young Indians are flexing their skills through K-pop dance and music covers

Sasha Baptista is a dancer from Mumbai, who aspires to be a K-pop dance instructor. Image courtesy: Sasha Baptista


“I am an aspiring musician and when I can relate to the emotions in BTS’ song lyrics, it is really inspiring.  They have brought me out of my introverted shell to try some new things,” says 20-year-old Neel Pethani, who began by covering the band’s ‘Butterfly’ first and is now busy producing different versions of BTS’ music. Pethani is also the co-founder of the Mumbai Club of BTS Army (MCBA), a one-stop destination where fans of the K-pop band BTS, scattered across the city, come together and engage in contests and other recreational activities.


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