Should Shreya Lenka become India’s first K-Pop star?

Shreya Lenka, an 18-year-old from Odisha, is on the verge of becoming India’s first K-pop artist. Lenka is one of two finalists selected from a global audition process to fill a vacancy in the South Korean girls’ group Blackswan. Lenka joins the band as the fifth member if she defeats Gabriela Dalcin from Brazil.

Blackswan’s label, DR Music, announced in May 2021 that they would hold global auditions to fill a vacancy following singer Hyemi’s departure from the group. Two people are now in the running for the coveted place, informs DR Musik. According to entertainment website Meaww, Dalcin is a member of the dance cover girl group Queens of Revolution. Meanwhile, the only chosen Indian intern, Lenka, is a trained dancer and yoga practitioner. She performs like Dalcin with K-pop dance cover songs.

According to reports, the two are now on their way to South Korea for a month of training. One of the two will be chosen to join Blackswan at the end of this period.

Lenka has pursued Hindu classical dance as well as Odissi and other modern dance forms.

“Since I have a deep voice, I had a hard time finding the right vocal coach. My grandmother helped me find one,” the teenager was quoted as saying by Odisha Bytes. “She took me to a Hindu classical music teacher who taught me twice a week. But for the western songs, I had to rely on online videos and self-learning,” Lenka said.

In the year 2020, Blackswan made his debut. The Korean singers Youngheun, Fatou, Judy and Leia make up the group.

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