By Vandana Srivastawa
Bob Dylan, the beloved and often quoted singer-songwriter won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, October 13. A career spanning a staggering five decades has influenced a whole generation and has created ripples in popular culture shaping and honing the thinking of many people. Bob Dylan might have predicted his own win when he wrote Times They Are a-Changin’ as although his name was often speculated but never agreed upon noting his background in pop music. However, is he the first singer-songwriter to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?
The all-knowing Twitteratis were divided on the fact whether Bob Dylan was the first musician to have won the award. A few of them noted that Rabindranath Tagore was the first who was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for his poems. He won the award for,” his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West”.
Noticed some news channels are saying that Bob Dylan is the first song-writer to win Nobel Literature Prize. Come on guys, read Tagore.
— Dipankar. (@deep_anchor) October 13, 2016
So after Rabindranath Tagore(who also composed 3 national anthems),another musician win literature Nobel.Great great honor to Bob Dylan.
— Sampan Chakraborty. (@cultofcreations) October 13, 2016
However, this is an ongoing debate as Rabindranath Tagore was a poet, novelist, songwriter and musician all rolled into one whereas Bob Dylan is predominantly a singer-songwriter. Dylan’s songs depict the unrest, turmoil and political strife that have been going on in the world today. Bob Dylan’s songs Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin’ became anthems for the American Civil Rights and anti-war movements in 1960s. ALSO READ: Bob Dylan: 10 best quotes of the 2016 Nobel Literature Prize winner American singer
Bob Dylan’s style of writing has given voice to the countless people around the world who wants to make a change and are afraid of seeing it burn down. The best part about this announcement is that song-writing now indisputably qualify as literature. As Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of Swedish Academy said,” Some might find it a strange choice. But if you think back to Homer and Sappho…that was also aural poetry…meant to be performed, with instruments. But we still read them, 2500-some years later…much the same way you can read Bob Dylan too…”
One of the rare occasions of this announcement is that it feels nice to know someone before they win the Nobel Prize. We can call Bob Dylan the worthy successor of the Bard of Avon. ALSO READ: Bob Dylan: Top 10 Best Songs of Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 winner
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Gulzar and Haruki Murakami for the next Nobel Prize. What say guys?