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Korean and Indian Artists Perform a Musical Folk Tale With a Strong Message in Schools of Delhi

The folktale presented was “Heungbu, Nolbu” which is a popular folktale of South Korea

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Traditional Korean costumes were used to depict a true picture of the folk tale. (representative image) Wikimedia
  • A folktale accompanied by music was presented in schools of Delhi-NCR region
  • The folktale presented was “Heungbu, Nolbu” which is a popular folktale of South Korea
  • For this show, the troupe comprising of Indo-Korean children was specifically chosen and trained

New Delhi, August 29, 2017: A folk tale accompanied by music was presented in schools of Delhi-NCR region by a troupe incorporating Korean and Indian teenager artists along with the help of Korean Cultural Centre India.

The folk tale presented was “Heungbu, Nolbu” which is a popular folk tale of South Korea. It was performed by twelve Korean artists of group “Theatre Seoul” of South Korea and two Indian artists. The show was put in each school for a duration of an hour and helped the students learn the importance of ethics and truth and values of life. The staging of this show was carried out in Father Agnel School in New Delhi (1600 students) and Noida (800 students), American Embassy School in Delhi and Apeejay School in Noida (1600 students).

For this show, the troupe comprising of Indo-Korean children was specifically chosen and trained. The event filled with music and culture portrayed the tale of two brothers with contradictory natures. Recently, it was debuted in Korea, where it won many hearts.

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Natia Lee, the Artistic Director and Kevin Kim, the Director managed to paint Korea on the stage using splendid traditional Korean costumes, musical instruments, and Korea’s perfection. Two Indian performers played significant roles in the tale to emphasize the bond of brotherhood between Korea and India and collaboration of these two countries for this production.

The message delivered was of forgiveness and moving ahead in life in spite of the differences which the students enjoyed thoroughly.

The Director of KCCI, Kim Kum-Pyoung said that it is easy to fight but what is difficult is achieving a win-win situation which needs hard work and efforts. There is a need for children to develop and learn the skill of peacemaking from their childhood because it’ll help them build the nations.

Father J.A. Carvalo, Fr Agnel School’s Principal, not only praised the hard work, choreography, and performance of the artist, but he appreciated the message delivered above all. Both the nations, Korea and India, have a similar culture which has faith in harmony.

The principal of Apeejay School in Noida, S. C. Tiwari, said that the story of the folk tale was the most important thing about it, which displayed that India and Korea share similar values.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025


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Indian Artists Demand Internet Giants to Change Stance on Nudity

Its policy team, along with artists, art educators, museum curators, activists as well as Facebook employees, has decided to examine how to better serve artists, including considering a new approach to nudity guidelines

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By Radhika Parashar

As artists across the world take to streets against the social networking platforms’ unfair policies towards art-based nudity, the Indian community of artists has come out in their support, detailing their own experiences and demanding the digital platforms to have a clear differentiation between vulgarity and art.

In a protest this month, nearly 100 people stripped naked holding pictures of nipples in their hands in front of Facebook’s New York headquarters, demanding allowance to showcase artistic nudity on the popular apps. The campaign was outlandishly titled #WeTheNipple.

Another protest in June saw international porn artists gather outside Instagram’s Silicon Valley headquarters, describing the nudity-censorship rules of Facebook and its family of apps “vague, inconsistent and threatening to their livelihood”.

The move has been hailed by international photographers, painters, models and screen artists from around the world. including in India.

“I obviously understand that Facebook and Instagram want to avoid ‘vulgar’ content on their platforms, but scrapping off art-based nudity is affects artists very seriously,” fashion photographer Soumya Iyer told IANS.

“Just like everyone else, we also want to showcase our work and build ourselves our own brand on Facebook and Instagram because of their global reach and popularity but it’s sad that fine-art is neither accepted nor respected,” said Rohan Tulpule, a fine art photographer who has faced consequences of ‘unfair’ censorship rules against his work multiple times.

Recollecting her own experiences on suffering damages, Iyer said: “My series called ‘gender of beauty’ was taken down because of the display of nipples. Instagram is such a huge platform and artists can really make use of its power of engagement! I don’t understand why the display of a woman’s nipple has become a matter of shame”.

Known for his bold photo-series like “Life Through Holes” and “The Plus Size Of Life,” Tulpule added: “Hashtags help us increase our reach but if we use hashtags like #fineart and #nudephotograph, our post comes into notice and gets deleted under ‘policy violation’. We get restricted from all activities on the platforms. The platforms have to understand that all nudity is not vulgarity”.

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According to conceptual performance artist Inder Salim, “nothing is more scary when imaginary uniform sets of rules are imposed on all to suppress all those atavistic tendencies in us.”

As part of its community guidelines, Facebook-owned Instagram says “for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity” on their platform — including “photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples.”

However, the platform fails to elaborate the exact extent of “some photos” of female nipples it discourages on its app.

Last week, Facebook was slammed for banning Grammy-nominated British rock band Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album “Houses of the Holy” cover that features nude children. Later, admitting that the image was “culturally significant”, Facebook restored the image.

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According to actor-model Milind Soman, who stirred major controversies after he stripped naked for a photo-shoot way back in 1995, accepted that tough social media policies that lack distinction between artistic and vulgar nudity is not favourable for artists in this digital era.

“It’s their platform, their policies and their call. What is artistic and what is vulgar on their platform is up to them to decide because after all, it is their business to be profitable (first),” Soman told IANS.

The global demonstrations have convinced Facebook to re-think its stance on artistic nudity.

Its policy team, along with artists, art educators, museum curators, activists as well as Facebook employees, has decided to examine how to better serve artists, including considering a new approach to nudity guidelines. (IANS)