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Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan’s Artwork Highlights London Show

The extensive exhibit reflects growing appreciation for Dylan's art, which has been featured in gallery and museum shows in a number of countries in recent years

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A woman takes a picture of a painting by Bob Dylan called "Manhattan Bridge, Downtown New York" on display at the exhibition called Bob Dylan The Beaten Path, at the Halcyon Gallery in London, Nov. 1, 2016. The exhibition opens on Nov. 5 and runs until Dec. 11, 2016. VOA
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November 3, 2016: The timing couldn’t be better for Saturday’s opening of “The Beaten Path,” a major exhibit of Bob Dylan’s artworks at the Halcyon Gallery on London’s pricey New Bond Street.

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Worldwide interest in the veteran American troubadour has soared after his surprising choice as this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in literature and the show is one of the most extensive displays ever mounted of his drawings, watercolors, acrylics and ironworks.
The 75-year-old singer has said he will accept the Nobel in person in Stockholm if he can fit it into his demanding tour schedule — and the gallery hopes he will stop off in London to visit the show.

“He obviously comes whenever he decides,” said gallery president Paul Green, who knows it would be fruitless to press the elusive Dylan for a certain date. “We don’t know whether he will come. We hope he will. He’s been deeply involved in every aspect of this exhibition.”

“Never ending tour”

The extensive exhibit reflects growing appreciation for Dylan’s art, which has been featured in gallery and museum shows in a number of countries in recent years.

The paintings at the London gallery reflect Dylan’s nearly constant travels throughout the United States on the “never ending tour” that has consumed the last two decades of his life. The choice of subject matter reflects a deep affinity for the American scene, an abiding affection for its curious roadside attractions and respect for its industrial might.

A sign outside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas congratulates Bob Dylan, Oct. 13, 2016, after he won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. VOA
A sign outside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas congratulates Bob Dylan, Oct. 13, 2016, after he won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. VOA

Railways, skyscrapers, and suspension bridges vie with deserted side streets and overgrown motels for his attention. This is an America of fairgrounds and circuses, forgotten crossroads and neglected cityscapes. The streets are filled with the bulky behemoths that were late 1950s automobiles — including a depiction of the Ford Edsel, a famous automotive failure.

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Dylan writes in a preface that he chose to ignore corporate America: “The common theme of these works having something to do with the American landscape — how you see it while crisscrossing the land and seeing it for what it’s worth. Staying out of the mainstream and traveling the back roads, free born style.”

Paints from odd angles

Dylan paints the Wigwam Motel in Arizona — guests can sleep in purported native-American style lodging — the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City and the “Harem Slave” carnival sideshow in Alabama. There is a painting of the Paradise Motel looking anything but, its grounds in Florida overgrown and its buildings neglected.

 woman looks towards a painting by Bob Dylan called "Endless Highway" on display at the exhibition called Bob Dylan The Beaten Path, at the Halcyon Gallery in London, Nov. 1, 2016.VOA
woman looks towards a painting by Bob Dylan called “Endless Highway” on display at the exhibition called Bob Dylan The Beaten Path, at the Halcyon Gallery in London, Nov. 1, 2016.VOA

It’s a panoramic view of America similar to the one described in his kaleidoscopic 1975 song “Tangled Up In Blue.” The sense is of Dylan as a solitary figure with a sketchbook, looking at the country from odd angles.

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“Dylan was born in small town America,” said Green. “He’s done hundreds of tour dates for many, many years, and often played in the small towns. He takes the hot dog stand, or the motel, whether it’s open or closed. It’s his view of America. It harks back to the ’50s and ’60s — Jack Kerouac, the road — and how important the road is for all Americans. It shows really his love for America and all things American.” VOA

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)