When he burst onto the US scene in the 1960s, "the unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond," as a one-time girlfriend described him, Bob Dylan was already a legend. He was immediately adopted as one of the bards of the movements to demand equality for African-Americans and an end to the Vietnam War. His tunes, such as Blowing in the Wind and The Times They Are A-Changing became instant anthems for youth around the world.

India was no exception. Dylan has won committed fans in the subcontinent, perhaps nowhere more passionate than in the Left-leaning city of Kolkata. They have translated his tunes into Bengali and have been inspired to compose new tunes using the templates he had created.

On his 73rd birthday, some of them pay tribute to their hero.