Vairamuthu greets Noble winner Bob Dylan

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Saturday, Oct 15, 2016

Vairamuthu greets Noble winner Bob Dylan

Veteran lyricist Vairamuthu has greted Nobel prize winner for literature Bob Dylan.He said that itis a honour to see the award being conferred on a lyricist.

He deserves the honour, he added.American music legend Bob Dylan won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers.

Dylan, 75, was honoured 'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,' the Swedish Academy said.

The choice was met by gasps and a long round of applause from journalists attending the prize announcement. The folk singer has been mentioned in Nobel speculation in past years, but was never seen as a serious contender.

The Academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan's songs were 'poetry for the ears.'The Nobel award is the latest accolade for a singer who has come a long way from his humble beginnings as Robert Allen Zimmerman, born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, who taught himself to play the harmonica, guitar and piano.

Last year, the prize went to Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich, for her documentary-style narratives based on witness testimonies.

Dylan will take home the eight million kronor (USD 906,000 or 822,000 euros) prize sum. The literature award caps the 2016 Nobel season, following more than a week of announcements for the prizes for medicine, physics, chemistry, economics and peace, with the latter going to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end a half-century war with the FARC rebels.

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