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
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.