There have been mixed reaction over Bob Dylan receiving Nobel Prize for literature. While some has called it deserving, many opine that the decision is baffling. However, Lou Majaw, one of the most renowned performing artist from Northeast India, who is also known for his Bob Dylan tributes claims that he is not surprised at Dylan getting the award.
Lou Majaw speaks
Majaw said, ‘It (Nobel prize) is rather late. But we are happy to know that Dylan finally was recognised for his contributions in poetry, songs and music.’ Majaw is also known as ‘Tambourine Man’ for his rendition of the famous Dylan song in most of his programmes across the country.
‘Dylan’s rasping voice tells of decade of rebellion, has enthralled the music and peace loving tribals of Meghalaya and the Northeast. Till date, he remains a huge cultural influence in the whole region where different ethnic groups are fighting for the preservation of their identities’ he added.
Lou, who has celebrated every year without fail Dylan’s birthday on May 24 for the past four decades, is hosting an evening for the Nobel laureate’s fans this Sunday to celebrate his songs, poetry and music. He is known for his rendering of Dylan songs ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, which once was anthems for the US anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s. So deep is Dylan’s influence in Lou’s life that his only child, also an upcoming musician, is also named after Dylan.