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Capital wins over Korean visitors

- Band of 12 musicians on ‘peace mission’ to hold concerts, workshops

A 12-member group of young Korean musicians, who are on a four-day Ranchi visit to hold a series of workshops and concerts, are feeling very much at home on their maiden trip to the state capital.

The team, which reached the capital on Monday and will leave on Thursday evening, comprises seven students of Howon University in Seoul, South Korea, while the remaining work with Korean Campus Crusade For Christ.

They are on a two-week visit to India. Prior to their Ranchi visit, the team spent a week in Calcutta, where they conducted similar workshops.

Ranchi Campus Crusade of Christ invited the group to the capital to spread the message of peace through music.

The Korean group performed at St Paul’s College on Tuesday and conducted workshops at Social Development Centre the next day.

They also enjoyed a sumptuous capital lunch at the cradle’s dining hall.“This is our first visit to India. Besides holding concerts, we are also imparting lessons in western, pop and rock genres to music lovers,” said Jun Hyoung Ream, music director of the group.

Ream added that the objective behind the visit was to spread the message that life could be changed through music, which brought peace and helped in overcoming stress.

Some of the younger members of the group, however, were more preoccupied with Ranchi’s gastronomical offerings.Nineteen-year-old Sini Ahn said: “Ranchi has a clean environment and I relished eating rice, lentils, vegetables and mutton.”

Ahn added she would love to share her experiences with her pals back home.

If Ahn was delighted with the food, Haree Ream was impressed with the hospitality she received in the capital.

“I feel comfortable here. I have picked up two Hindi words, Namaste and dhanyabad,” said the 20-year-old woman, who loves playing guitar. Ream’s friend Irin (23) echoed her. “People here are very courteous and make us feel special,” said the keyboard player.

Junul Samad, team leader of Ranchi Campus Crusade for Christ, said the Korean visit was aimed at inculcating values among youths and providing them with chance to learn nuances of music.

“Today (Wednesday), they will hold workshops at social development centre and also perform on Thursday,” he added.