India-born Sriya Lenka has become the first-ever K-pop artist from the country. The 18-year-old has been chosen as an addition to the Korean pop band Blackswan along with Brazil's Gabriela Dalcin.
Blackswan's label DR Music made the announcement on social media.
"Sriya and Gabi were finally selected as members of blackswan after participating the global audition program for last 6 months," DR Music said in an Instagram post.
Blackswan was started back in 2011 by DR Music. The current four-member group including the leader and Korean singer Go Young Heun (Youngheun), Belgium-based Senegalese singer Fatou Samba (Fatou), Korean singer-dancer Kim Da Hye (Judy) and Brazilian-Japanese singer Larissa Ayumi Cartes Sakata (Leia), debuted in 2020.
The hunt for a new member started after the group's oldest member, Hyeme, quit in November 2020. In May last year, DR Music announced a global audition to replace Hyeme. Sriya Lanka and Gabriela Dalcin were the two chosen finalists from among 4,000 applicants.
They will be in Seoul for the next few months for practice. In the last five months, the two were put through an intense training process which included standard vocal, rap, and dance lessons to personal training, language, and musical instruments.