Odisha’s Shreya Lenka becomes first Indian K-pop star after joining popular band Blackswan

Shreya Lenka of Odisha has become the first Indian K-pop star after joining the popular band Blackswan.

By PTI

Shreya Lenka, an 18-year-old girl from Rourkela, Odisha, has been named the fifth member of the popular South Korean pop band Blackswan.

Lenka will be joining the original members of the girl group — Youngheun, Fatou, Judy, and Leia — as well as Gabriela Dalcin (Gabi) from Brazil as the sixth member.

In an Instagram post, DR Music welcomed Lenka and Dalcin to the label. “With their debut, we’ll be back with the new Blackswan,” read the post, which included photos of the new members.

After participating in the six-month-long global auditions announced by DR Music last year after Hyeme left the girl group, Lenka and Dalcin were chosen for the band.

Lenka and Dalcin worked well together during the audition process, according to DR Music Entertainment Korea director Philip YJ Yoon.

“They exuded a lot of positive energy as they worked together to complete each of the tasks they were given.

One of the reasons we opted not to separate them was because of this “In an email exchange with PTI, Yoon stated.

Both performers had to improve on their Korean language, dancing, and vocal talents as part of the programme, which began in December.

“The duo will now begin working on their next record and performing on stage,” Yoon stated.

A friend introduced Lenka, a professional dancer, to K-pop a few years ago.

She was drawn to the choreography in the music videos and became obsessed with its “unique style” of singing and dancing.

Exo was the teenager’s first introduction to the world of K-pop, and she later fell in love with songs by BTS, Stray Kids, and The Boyz.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she saw K-pop record labels open online auditions in 2020 and decided to give it a shot.

When Lenka’s family found out she was auditioning for K-pop, her grandmother referred her to a classical music teacher.

Her brief study of Odissi helped her improve subtle nuances.

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