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Music fans celebrate legendary Bob Dylan's birthday in Guwahati

ANI  Guwahati, May 27, 2013
First Published: 14:18 IST(27/5/2013) | Last Updated: 15:08 IST(27/5/2013)

Music buffs, in particular the fans of legendary American poet, singer and composer Bob Dylan celebrated his birthday at Guwahati. A gala show of lively music marked the event of Dylan''s 72nd birthday where the audience was treated to by enthralling performances by individuals and band groups, both vocal and instrumental. The annual event commemorated Bob Dylan with a concert featuring the music icon''s best renderings.

The audience at the event ranged from all walks of life and ages - young and old alike - who saluted the famed and versatile artiste. Apart from locals, among the participant artistes on the stage were groups from the neighbouring states of Nagaland and Meghalaya, students, university dons, police personnel and even top bureaucrats of the Assam state government.

They presented a wide range of Dylan's compositions and eternally popular numbers sung by him. "Various artists are here young and old from Guwahati as well as some very old instrumentalists, one person called Shantanu Thakur who is the Commissioner of Agriculture, he has also come and played on the mandolin and we have the main band named Purple Fusion from Nagaland. They will be performing for one and a half hours Dylan songs and some numbers of the ''60s," said organiser Amlandeep Das, who was also a performer on the stage.

Incidentally, it was for the fourth successive year that this event echoing assorted tunes was held at this venue, a popular club in Guwahati. This year's function also had an additional attraction of hues in the form of visual arts as painters presented their artistic creations on the big and mini canvas at the venue Strumming on a guitar and playing one of Dylan's greatest songs, Prateek, young fan of Bob Dylan confided that it was the famed musician''s mastery in lyrics that had inspires him right from the beginning. "I have always been a big fan right from my childhood.

Bob Dylan is very special, because I am a songwriter myself so I am always very fond of Bob Dylan. By and large, the people hailing from the northeastern states of Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur are ardent lovers of music, be it vocal or instrumental.

A well-known musician, Low Majao of Shillong in Meghalaya state, has been celebrating Dylan's birthday for the last 30 consecutive years. There are many fans of Dylan and other rock stars in Shillong and India's north-east, where the locals like to say music runs through their veins. Bob Dylan was born in the year 1941, (May 24). Dylan's early years were dominated by poetic, anti-war songs, including the folk classic Blowing in the Wind.

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