Here’s a birthday tribute to the ‘Forever Young’ Nobel laureate, Bob Dylan. His songs gave the world a new perspective to look at life.
Bob Dylan is one musician who is popular beyond boundaries. On the 76th birthday of Nobel-laureate, musician and songwriter Bob Dylan, here’s a tribute to the songs and movies inspired by the multi-talented artist. After Rabindranath Tagore, he is only the second songwriter to get a Nobel Prize for Literature and he is also the winner of Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards.
His choice of few, simple and overwhelming words has found a crucial place in the timeline of social discussions across the world, and particularly in India, a country he visited once as a Hippie Hill pilgrim, owing to the Nobel Prize in Literature that has been bestowed on him, like never before.
Born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth Minnesota, the musician’s original name was Robert Allen Zimmerman, which he changed to Bob Dylan in 1962. His unique lyrics still draw attention as it has various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.
Shillong, the capital of north-eastern Indian state Meghalaya, hosts informal celebratory concerts every year on May 24. Local bands like Soulmate are inspired by Dylan and the celebration attracts musicians and fans from all over the country.
According to reports in the Indian media, Dylan had once come to Kolkata in 1990 to attend the wedding of the son of folk singer and musician Purna Das Baul. This is the only time the maverick had come to India.
It’s truly amazing to consider how enormous Bob Dylan’s influence has been to the world of music as without Dylan, we might have never heard Jerry Garcia play one of his beautiful guitar solos on an electric guitar, The Beatles might have never been introduced to their psychedelic side, and The Band may have never made their way into the public eye.