Third Korean Indian Cultural Festival "Empathy"
Pune December 18, 2016; Pune witnessed a cultural exchange between Korean and India, held at Phoenix Marketcity. This festival is designed to contribute to cultural diversity through communication to look at unfamiliar cultures without prejudice and promote mutual understanding between Korean & Indian.
3rd Korean Indian Cultural Festival presented by Pune Fashion Week, hosted by consulate general of the republic of Korea in Mumbai, sponsored by Korean Association Pune and Powered by Face of India. Festival is structured to realize ‘the escape from everyday life’ and ‘breakdown of the barrier by associating with other groups’. In particular, this festival included both ‘ethnic festivals’ and ‘multicultural festivals’. Not only expressing cultural identity of Korea and India, but also trying an experimental collaboration of two different arts forms.
The commencement of the event was done by greeting the guests by lighting the lamp which was followed by a cultural integration with performances by the artists.
Theme of the festival arouses ‘empathy’ from the universality of humanity within five elements (earth, water, fire, wind and space), the basic concept of entire festival. It expresses the commonness as well as differences between Korean & Indian culture.
The evening also witnessed the presence of guests from Korea and India, Mr. Soungeun Kim (Consulate General of the Republic of Korea), Mr. Shrikant Pathak (Dy. Commissioner of Police), Mr. Kirat Vaze (Former First Secretary at embassy of India, Seoul), Mr. Gil Ho Bang (MD Posco Steel), Mr. Jong-Yu-Kim (MD Hyundai India), Mr. Badal Saboo (Chairman Pune Fashion Week & Face of India), Mrs. Nivedita Saboo (Internationally Acclaimed Fashion Designer), Mr. Hyunseok Choo (President of Korean Association Pune), Mr. Gyuseong Cho (General Manager LG).
Mr. Soungeun Kim (Consul General of Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Mumbai) says- “Cultural exchanges provide a firm foundation for people to progressively propel into more integrated and cooperative relationship. Korea and India is the cultural hub of the ancient world which sets them in an advantageous position to reap it. As the soil, however rich it may be cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never bear good fruit.
This spectacular event will showcase and promote Indo-Korean cultural exchanges through a variety of performances where talented individuals and groups from Korean and Indian Community across India come on stage. With the kind of overwhelming response we received at Korean Film festival, I’m sure this event will be a huge success too and our audience will be well gratified”.
Hyunseok Choo (President of Korean Association Pune) – “This festival is designed to unite growing Korean community in Pune as well as sharing our Korean rich culture with other Indian communities. Hopefully, it will be a celebration of the development of social cultural and economical relationships between Indian and Korean communities”.
Badal Saboo (Chairman Pune Fashion Week & Face of India) “we are very proud and humbled to take this initiative along with Korean Indian Cultural Festival to promote the mutual understanding and relation between India & Korea and foster cross-border cultural and business relations with Korea. India displays a cultural and intellectual character with as much élan as it features smoldering growth commercially and economically. In other words, it is one of the most exciting times for the country and to witness it reaching zenith with so much style and culture, is a matter of heartfelt pride, especially for Face of India team”.
Beautiful Korean paintings and crafts were displayed at the exhibition area. Visitors tried traditional Korean costume Hanbok and got their pictures clicked also people learn Korean calligraphy Hangul at the exhibition.
3rd Korean Indian Cultural Festival turned out to be a grand success and was widely appreciated with the 190 performers, who traveled all the way from Korea to India to perform. To celebrate the honour, both countries national anthem was sung by children from Korean School Pune. The festival gave an educational effect to the Indians who reside in Pune; participating effect of artists and local residents who participated in the event, it was healing effect to relieve stress through culture and art.
Mr. Young-Kun-Ko(Consul of Embassy Korea, Mumbai) “3rd Korean Indian Cultural Festival is the result of hard work which leads to happiness as well as better relationship between Koreans and Indians”.
We look forward to next season 4th Korean Cultural Festival!