Meet Sriya Lenka – The 1st K-Pop Artist From India
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The K-Pop musical genre originating in South Korea has become one of the most popular forms of music worldwide. And taking a stride of Indian representation is Sriya Lenka, all set to become the first K-pop artist from the country. Originally from the state of Odisha, she has been selected among 4,000 people to join the South Korean pop band Blackswan. Lenka will join the original girl band in place of Hyeme, who left the group in November 2020.
South Asian K-pop fans are undoubtedly overwhelmed with her achievement and social media is abuzz with praise.
Everyone wants to know more about Sriya Lenka and her path in the K-pop world. She is just 18-years-old and was keen on the K-pop genre following the songs by BTS, Stray Kids, and The Boyz in her teens. She has been training rigorously for the last six months in Seoul. It involved learning Korean, dancing, and vocal amplification. While her inclination towards K-pop was evident, she has also been an active participant in traditional Indian dance competitions. A self-taught learner of western songs, all her audition videos were shot on the terrace of her house during the COVID-19 lockdown. Her little stint in Odissi paved the way to improve the subtle nuances required in the music.
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According to the music company that manages Blackswan, the training that Sriya Lenka received is very different from what she had been doing before, and her improvement is commendable. She is all set to become a great artist. The global auditions for Blackswan’s new members were announced in May last year. The group is heralded by Go Young Heun, and other members include Fatou Samba, Kim Ga Hye, and Irissa Ayumi.
Along with India’s Lenka, Brazilian singer Gabriella Dalcin will also join Blackswan. Both the new singers are currently training for the launch of the band’s next album. It wouldn’t be too long until we hear the vocals of Sriya Lenka on Blackswan.
It is indeed a moment of pride for all South Asian K-pop fans.
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