Sriya Lenka, 18, Becomes First K-Pop Star From India 

Sriya Lenka, an 18-year-old from Odisha, has become the first-ever K-pop artist from India. Ms Lenka has been chosen to be part of the Korean pop band Blackswan along with Brazil's Gabriela Dalcin. 

Blackswan's label DR Music made the announcement on Instagram. "Sriya and Gabi were finally selected as members of blackswan after participating the global audition program for last 6 months 

Blackswan made its debut in 2020. The group now consists of six members - Youngheun, Fatou, Judy, Leia, Sriya, and Gabi. 

According to The News Insight, Sriya Lenka was born in Rourkela in 2003. She is trained in Hindustani classical as well as Odissi and other forms of contemporary dance. 

Since I have a deep voice, I faced difficulty in finding the right vocal trainer. My grandmother helped me find one," the teen was quoted as saying by Odisha Bytes 

She took me to a Hindustani classical music teacher, who taught me twice a week. But, for the western songs, I had to rely on online videos and self-learning," Sriya said. 

The Rourkela girl was selected last year among the finalists to train with Blackswan in Seoul. 

The hunt for the fifth member started after the group's oldest member, Hyeme, quit in November 2020.