Bengal music fraternity welcomes Bob Dylan's Noble Prize win
Kolkata: After US Singer Bob Dylan was conferred with the Nobel Prize in Literature, noted Bengali musicians and actors applauded the move and said that it is a recognition for humanity.
Songwriter and political activist Kabir Suman, who translated Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” into Bengali as "Kotota Poth Perole", said that the 75-year-old Rock legend has always influenced the musicians in India and especially Bengal.
Who said what?
Singer Usha Uthup: "He has influenced generations, he is always contemporary and relevant. The entire fraternity of musicians will be the happiest."
National Award winning filmmaker Goutam Ghose: "His voice is humanity's voice and this is an honour for humanity."
Musician-filmmaker Anjan Dutt: "Those who love Bob Dylan's songs or good music were waiting for this for the last four to five years. So this had to happen. He (Dylan) should have got it either for peace or literature."
Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee: "Dylan's poems can be turned into a book. He is not just a songwriter. He is much more than that. The award is a recognition of the fact that the field of literature is expanding."
The rock legend received the Nobel prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."