The Good Doctor from Korea

The translated version of a popular South Korean drama based on noted Imperial doctor Hur Jun will premiere on Doordarshan this month.

Published: January 10, 2014 1:28 am
Still from the popular Korean show Hur Jun, which is being dubbed in Hindi. Still from the popular Korean show Hur Jun, which is being dubbed in Hindi.

By the age of 29, he was appointed a court physician. Recognised for treating the Korean Royal family during the early 16th century, Dr Hur Jun has come to be recognised as a father of modern Korean medicine. A popular TV drama from South Korea, based on his life, titled Hur Jun perhaps gives the most vivid account of his life. Now, to mark the 40 years of Indo-Korean diplomatic ties, DD Bharati will be broadcasting the dubbed version of this serial in Hindi titled Dr Hur Jun Ki Sachi Daastan.
The show, airs on January 13. The original series from Korea re-instilled faith in the traditional Korean medicines. The channel hopes to familiarise Indians with Korean culture, history and medicinal procedures. Hur Jun, who was born as an illegitimate son of a nobleman, met a renowned physician named Eui-tae Yu, who taught him medicine. Through the knowledge gained, he selflessly devoted himself to heal the sick. Hur Jun faced many social barriers and struggled against them to become the Emperor’s physician. He also compiled a book called Dongui Bogam, which literally translates to “Mirror of the Eastern Medicine”, published in 1613. The book became the Bible of medicine in Korea and is also listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in July 2009.
“The showcase of Hur Jun series in India is an effort to continue and enhance the cultural exchange between the two countries,” says Usha Bhasin, Channel Head, DD Bharati, India, adding that the show will highlight the contemporary Korean culture and provide basic information on its history. “Although the diplomatic relations are 40-years-old, the cultural relationship dates back 2,000 years,” says Kim Kum Pyoung, Director of the Korean Cultural Centre, India, which is partnering for this initiative.
For Bhasin, this show is a significant start to the year. “By airing international shows, we are also showcasing ourselves as the citizens of the world who believe in a composite culture and are open to content beyond Hindi,” says Bhasin.
The Korean pop wave or K-wave dramas are known to have influenced a large audience and have increased viewership for Koreans shows worldwide. “The representatives and cultural centres of different countries are approaching us. For instance, on the 125th birth anniversary of Amrita Shergill, we had the Hungarians help us with number of programmes about her. In this show, Dr Hur Jun shares a system of medicine Indians are familiar with and hence fits in our space,” says Bhasin.

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