During the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, the US government was allies of Pakistan and even sent its 7th fleet to intimidate India for not interfering with the events in then East Pakistan. But it was the peace-loving people of the United States who support Bangladesh.
American music legend Bob Dylan was one of them who support the peope of Bangladesh and took part in a concert organised by George Harrison and sitar maestro Ravi Shankar at New York’s Madison Square Garden aimed at raising money, medicine and supplies for the suffering refugees and draw global attention to the ravaging war.
The two concerts, one afternoon and one evening, played to over 40,000 people and featured the all-star cast of Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, Klaus Voorman, and Badfinger.
On that day, after pleasing the crowd with a selection of his hits, including a few Beatles songs, Harrison casually announced his next guest. "I'd like to bring on a friend of us all, Mr Bob Dylan”.
This was a reclusive time for Dylan - and the first proper live show since his Isle of Wight appearance in '69. Dylan didn’t disappoint, performing "Blowin' In The Wind", "Mr. Tambourine Man", and "Just Like A Woman" backed by Harrison and his all-star band.
In that program Allen Ginsberg made a song that was performed by Bob Dylan, other musicians and Ginsberg himself. The last few lines of the poem read:
“Millions of babies in pain
Millions of mothers in rain
Millions of brothers in woe
Millions of children nowhere to go”
The Nobel committee today awarded Bob Dylan with Nobel Literature Prize.
The government of Bangladesh honoured this true friend on October 20, 2012 along with 140 'foreign friends'.