Happy birthday Bobby
Planet M celebrated Bob Dylan’s birthday with an acoustic concert and exciting discounts
Unplugged Narsimhan and Mithila, rendered some Dylan classics
Robert Allan Zimmerman, also known as Bob Dylan among other things, was born May 24, 67 years ago. To commemorate the Pulitzer special citation wining rocker, Planet M, India, celebrate his birthday paying homage to the legendary musician.
At the Brigade Road branch of Planet M, store patrons and Bob Dylan fans were treated to a special evening as a local duo, Narsimhan and Mithila, rendered some of Dylan’s classics in an acoustic unplugged set at the store. Though not much of a crowd had gathered, a lot of the curious shoppers stopped by the stage to catch a glimpse of what was happening. A couple of foreigners, who were shopping at the store, sang to themselves as they browsed the CD racks.
The duo played all of Dylan’s best songs including “Times They Are a Changing”, “It Ain’t Me Babe”, “Shelter From The Storm”, “Tambourine Man”, “Tangled Up In Blue”, “Maggie’s Farm”, and an awesome, subtle version of the classic “All Along The Watchtower.” The crowd were expecting the evening to finish with “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”, which they did cover in their set, but they ended with all time favourite, “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
Narsimhanm did an outstanding job emulating Dylan, almost matching the singer’s unique vocal range and keeping rhythm with his guitar, while Mithila accompanied him on a couple of songs here and there. The trademark Dylan sound of the mouth-organ was missing, which would have made the evening a true Bob Dylan experience. As a gesture to Dylan fans, Planet M offered a 25 per cent discount on all Bob Dylan CDs. Planet M organized similar birthday celebrations in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
It’s not a birthday party without a cake and cake there was. Narsimhan and Mithila cut the cake on Dylan’s behalf and that was officially the end of the evening. All the fans of the counterculture icon who couldn’t make it can hope to remember the date next year, as Planet M may just celebrate his next one with a lot more to offer.
While Dylan will no doubt throw a party of epic proportions back home, what with the Pulitzer citation early this year and all, Dylan fans the world over have only one birthday wish for their idol. “Thanks for all the music Bob. Have a great one.”
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