Only Two Musicians Ever Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

Bob_Dylan_in_Toronto2Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this month. It’s great for the world to have the literary value of songs recognized. The more I work with songs from around the world, the more I see that many are poems set to music.

Rabindranath_Tagore_unknown_locationOnly one other musician has ever been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. That was Rabindranath Tagore in 1913. He’s was a Bengali artist, writer and musician from India. He was also the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

You can listen to many of Dylan’s songs on YouTube

You can listen to Tagore sing one of his songs online

You can also learn a song we recently posted on our India pages by Tagore called Phule Phule Dhole Dhole (A Touch of the Sweet Breeze). That piece was inspired by a Robert Burns’ song. Young girls in India dance to the song in recitals.

Viva la musica!

Mama Lisa

Photo of Bob Dylan at Massey Hall, Toronto, April 18, 1980, by Jean-Luc Ourlin, cc.
Photo of Tagore circa 1925.

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