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The Korean connection

An art exhibition in New Delhi is aiming to bring India closer to an unfamiliar culture

Statesman News Service |

The Korean Cultural Centre, India in Association with Onyang
Folk Museum, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Korea Art management
services and Travelling Arts Korea, is exhibiting Sarangbang — The room of
Leisurely life at IGNCA Exhibition Hall, New Delhi. The exhibit was inaugurated
by the ambassador, His Excellency, Cho Hyun, embassy of The Republic of Korea
to India. Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary of Indira Gandhi National Centre
for Arts, graced the occasion.

The exhibition presented a deeper understanding on the
living spaces of the Joseon Dynasty. The writing desk, oil lamp, calligraphy
brush, ink stone, India ink, wooden pillow, scroll shelf, brazier, and chamber
pot featured in this exhibit were selected from the collection at the Onyang
Folk Museum. This was followed by a workshop of making Korean lanterns by 18
children from Apeejay Svran School, Faridabad and 20 from Modern Public School
Shalimar Bagh, Delhi.

Ambassador of Embassy of The Republic of Korea to India, Cho
Hyun said that such an exhibition makes one realise how close we are and that
we are culturally bound to each other. As you see the exhibit you find many
similarities and differences in Korea and India culture and helpful in taking
the Indo-Korean bond further. Hopefully, it will be great fun for you to
explore Korean heritage and contemporary art.

Joshi said that it is a proud privilege that IGNCA has
experienced such an exhibition, which establishes a correlation between two
cultural countries. With this beautiful experience the Indian audience will get
a chance to explore Korean culture.

The Sarangbang was both a place of study for the Seonbi
(Confucian scholars) of old Korea, a setting for mastering the old and learning
the new as well as a place of education and the fostering of future scholars.
Each room was equipped with a wide range of items related to learning from the
“Four treasures of study”.

The Onyang Folk Museum is a private museum that specialises
in folk culture. It is a multi-purpose cultural space where visitors can see,
hear, and experience traditional Korean life and culture.

The exhibition will conclude on 27 November