There is no doubt that music transcends countries and knows no boundaries. Perhaps that is why die-hard fan of legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, Lou Majaw, is euphoric since the news of the US artist winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature created ripples across the world.
Majaw, himself a well-known singer and musician, from Shillong, Meghalaya, has established himself as one of the 75-year-old's biggest fans.
In order to celebrate the honour bestowed upon his hero, Majaw will perform Dylan's songs at a cafe in Shillong on Sunday.
Majaw, popularly known as the "Bob Dylan of the East" has been celebrating the legendary singer's birthday on May 24 since 1972 in Shillong.
Reacting to the news of a musician winning the coveted honour for the first time, Majaw (70), said, he was not surprised, but shocked.
"I am not surprised, but I am shocked. What took so long for them to give him the Nobel Prize for Literature. He should have been awarded long time ago for his contribution to the world. God Bless Bob Dylan and God bless the world for awarding Bob Dylan the prestigious award," he added.
Talking about what made him dedicate his life to Dylan, Majaw, told, "Bob Dylan's writings are so powerful right from the late fifties and especially during the 60's and 70's. He has given so much to the world through his writings and if the world leaders give five to ten minutes to Dylan's songs. I am sure this world, irrespective of religion and colour of the skin would understand peace."
"But I have my doubts that they have ever listened to his songs. The lyrical depth of his songs, the sense of understandings of one another we have been given 24 hours a day. I wish the world leaders listen to his songs be it "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They are A-Changin'". They will understand the meaning of peace," he added.
Even the Twitter world wondered how Majaw is going to celebrate the occasion:
Shillong must be going crazy now. Would love to see Lou Majaw's reaction! #BobDylan— Chitra Narayanan (@ndcnn) October 13, 2016
The Tarantula spun a web of words and trapped a Nobel. Far away in Shillong, Lou Majaw should be out with his guitar to celebrate. Bob Dylan— Manimugdha Sharma (@quizzicalguy) October 13, 2016
Shillong must be thrilled! It's been celebrating his birthday since 1972, when Lou Majaw came up with the Bob Dylan festival. #BobDylan— Prasanta Das (@prasantakdas) October 13, 2016