Literature Current Affairs - 2019
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American singer-songwriter, artist and writer Bob Dylan (75) has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993.
The Swedish Academy has selected Dylan for this prestigious award for creating new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.
About Bob Dylan
- Born as Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.
- His debut album was ‘Bob Dylan’ released in 1962. He had adopted the name Dylan after the poet Dylan Thomas.
- He is one of the best-selling artists (musician) of all time and has sold more than 100 million records.
- He has 58 singles, 37 studio albums, 11 live albums and 6 collaborations to his name.
- Besides, his lyrics have incorporated various political, social, philosophical and literary influences.
- His early songs such as The Times They Are a-Changin and Blowin’ in the Wind were the anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.
- He has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries.
- Awards and Honours: 11 Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Award and Academy Award (Oscar). The Pulitzer Prize jury had awarded him a special citation in 2008 for his profound impact on popular music and American culture.
About Nobel Prize in Literature
- The Nobel Prize in Literature is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895. It is awarded since 1901.
- It is awarded annually to an author from any country who has produced the most outstanding work in an ideal direction in the field of literature.
- The award carries a gold medal, a diploma bearing a citation, and a sum of money.
- Recent winners of Nobel Prize for Literature: Svetiana Alexievich (2015), Patrick Modiano (2014), Alice Munro (Canada), Yo Yan (China).
Renowned Marathi literary scholar Dr. Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere passed away after prolonged illness in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 86.
He was an Insightful scholar who had unraveled the Cultural linkage between the past and the present through his path-breaking literally research on various subjects.
About Dr. R C Dhere
- Born on 21 July 1930 at Nigade village near Pune. He had completed his graduation in 1966. He got his Ph.D. in 1975 and was honored with D.Lit. in 1980 by Pune University.
- Since 1955 he has been writing on various subjects including saint literature, Folk deities and gods, Bhakti cult, Holy places, Folk literature, Folk culture and Folk art in India.
- He has written about 105 books based on his research work on various subjects.
- Some of his famous books are History of Nath Cult, Chakrapani, History of Datta Cult, Lajjagauri, Khandoba, Shree Tulja Bhavani and In Search of Indian Theater.
- Awards and Honours: Maharashtra Gaurav award, Sahitya Acadamy Award (1987), Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad award etc.