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A whole new dramatic world

Sample this: " Medea and its Double" by Seoul Factory for the Performing Arts, Korea. Photo : R. Ravindran   | Photo Credit: R. Ravindran

Bored of the monotonous serials? Watched all the episodes of your favourite shows? If yes, then you should hop on to something else, something exciting! And that “something” should be Korean drama.

Taste of culture

I was introduced to Korean theatre when in Std IX; ok, it was actually less “introduced” and more “forced”, but that's all fine now. My journey into it has been an intoxicating experience and continues to be so. Watching them is not just entertainment but another way of relaxing (maybe I end up relaxing a tad too much but all izz well).

Numerous dramas from a variety of genres ranging from horror to history to rom-com provide basic knowledge about the tradition and culture of South Korea. Needless to say, it is one of the easiest ways of learning a foreign language and culture.

This industry in China and South Korea is popularly known as show biz and is a huge money magnet. It all began in 1988, when the then president Roh Tae-woo began the gradual elimination of the government censorship of political expression in films and dramas which has led to the development of this industry, to which I am really grateful.

Popular art

The Korean wave or Korean fever popularly referred as “Hallyu”, significantly increased the popularity of South Korean culture around the world. The term was coined in China in mid-1999 by Beijing journalists surprised by the fast growing popularity of Korean entertainment and culture in China. Today, South Korea is among the world's top ten cultural exporters generating revenue of more than a billion dollars.

My first drama was “Boys Before Flowers” which is still hugely popular, followed by “You are Beautiful” (Rom com), “IRIS” (an amazing action drama), “Oh! My Lady” (a sweet romance), and many others.

The wave is slowly spreading through India with the Doordarshan showcasing the Korean drama “Emperor of the Sea” in 2006 which was quickly followed by the hit drama “A Jewel in the Palace”. These dramas can be viewed on the net with subtitles and when you've little else to do, I can guarantee you that Korean drama might prove to be one of the best ways of getting rid of ennui (boredom).

SWETHA RAKHECHA, Chettinad Vidyashram


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