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Pansori master trains new generation of singers Updated: 2015-01-20 16:29:59 KST

Some say it's never too early to begin training.
At the young age of 8, these little girls have begun a journey unfamiliar to most kids their age.
Their ultimate goal is to become pansori masters.
To make sure they get there, they've been taken under the wing of one of Korea's leading pansori masters, an effort aimed at producing a new generation of pansori performers.
But it's the passion of these young artists that makes the biggest impression.

"As the drum is being played, and I hear the voices of others, and my mood is lifted,. sometimes I even want to dance."

At the start of the new year, these students and others -- all under the guidance of pansori master Jo So-nyeo -- entered an intense training camp for 15 days, where they can learn all about the traditional art of pansori.
Becoming a pansori master is no easy task.
It may be below zero outside on a cold winter morning, but these students are up for the challenge.

"Singing outside, I can hear our voices, but the sound is also echoed and amplified. This wide, open environment is very inspiring."

And who better to herd the young fledglings than Jo, a pansori master who has been declared an Intangible Cultural Asset herself for her expert knowledge of "Chunhyang," one of the songs in the pansori repertoire.

"It's comforting to be able to study pansori with all these students. Hopefully they will continue to become great pansori masters."

Although these young girls have dedicated themselves to pansori, the harsh reality is that in the modern day, the number of those looking to learn the art has decreased dramatically, putting at risk the future of this age-old Korean tradition.
Still, it's a beautiful part of Korean culture we hope they carry forward for generations to come.
Yim Yoon-hee, Arirang News.
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