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India gets into the K-POP groove

South Korean pop star Psy hit the right chords for Korean pop music with “Gangnam Style”. Now the band N-Sonic is wowing Indian music lovers with more music from Korea at the third edition of K-POP India festival here.

Enthusiasts are not only grooving to their songs like “Crazy” and “Run & Run”, they are also sporting tees with photos of the band members — J. Heart, Sihoo, Byeol, Minkee, Black J or Zion.

One of the fans sporting an N-Sonic t-shirt said that she got “addicted” to K-POP after one of her friends introduced it to her. “I love music. A few months back one of my friends made me listen to South Korean band SHINee’s songs. I couldn’t understand the lyrics, but I found the melody very catchy and then I got hooked to the genre of music.

“Most of my friends back home and in Manipur and Mizoram also love Korean pop,” said the girl from Nagaland.

K-POP, a modern form of South Korean pop music that includes dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock and hip-hop, has reached India after winning huge fan followings in China and Japan.

The K-POP India festival is becoming bigger with each passing year.

This year N-Sonic will be judging in competition and will perform at the finale at the Siri Fort Auditorium on Saturday.

From 37 entries in its maiden year, this year the fest has received almost 130 entries, while the number of followers of the Korean music genre seems to be just multiplying.

And it’s not just the northeast that has come under the spell of the genre.

The fest sees participants from Chennai, Mumbai and the capital.

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