BLACKSWAN‘s Sriya is making history as the first Indian K-Pop idol!
The 18-year old Odisha native has been a fan of K-Pop for over half a decade. In an interview with The Korea Herald and Rolling Stone India, she delved deeper into her love for Korean music and exactly who influenced her to become a singer.
On the latter, she was open about the fact that it was EXO who made her want to become a K-Pop idol. Their 2013 title track, “GROWL,” was the starting point for this. It was unlike anything she ever saw before and it made a lasting impression on her.
One of my friends introduced me to K-Pop. The first video was EXO’s ‘GROWL’ and it was so unique.
Sriya loved the dancing aspect of the comeback. EXO’s choreography was complex and entertaining, and it inspired her to begin covering K-Pop dances and eventually become an idol herself.
After being reeled into the K-Pop world with EXO, she became a fan of more groups from various companies.
I fell in love with this first video and then I started searching about BTS, BLACKPINK, Stray Kids, everyone.
They pulled her deeper into the K-Entertainment world and accelerated her desire to one day stand on stage like them. She added, “I got to know so many groups and I slowly, slowly got to know about K-Pop.”
Sriya eventually joined DR Music‘s global audition, Cygnus, and beat over four thousand applicants to reach the coveted trainee spot. She was announced as a new member of BLACKSWAN in May 2022.
If it weren’t for EXO, she might not have started her K-Pop journey at all!
Check out the full video below to learn more about Sriya.