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Dylan deserves Nobel win

I refer to Akshita Nanda's Culture Vulture column, Why Shouldn't There Be A Nobel Prize In Art? (Life, Oct 18).

It is understandable that some people question why Bob Dylan, a songwriter, received the Nobel Prize in Literature this year.

But who better to receive it than Dylan? His music embraces just about everything - from folk and country to gospel and rock 'n' roll.

He even has a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize jury for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture".

This latest accolade should not come as a surprise as his songwriting has always been considered his greatest asset. To understand the power of his work, one must go back to the 1960s, when he captured the essence of the social unrest then with songs such as Blowin' In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin'. They became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements.

There is no mistaking the man's contribution.

Manoraj Rajathurai

• See Bob Dylan briefly acknowledges his Nobel Prize

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2016, with the headline 'Dylan deserves Nobel win'. Print Edition | Subscribe