Born to a poor family, the Majaws could not afford a guitar or a radio. In a friend’s house he was introduced to the music of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley, and taught himself the guitar as most boys and girls did in those days. His mother sent him to a boarding school where his love for music grew. Majaw then moved on to Kolkata (Calcutta) where he sang in bars and pubs for various groups such as the Dynamite Boys, Vanguards, Supersound Factory, and Blood and Thunder. In 1966, Lou was introduced to Bob Dylan‘s work. Inspired by his music, he later organized a “Dylan’s birthday concert” in Shillong on 24 May 1972. Since then he has organized the concert each year on 24 May to pay obeisance to Dylan, with the shows generating national and international interest.
On 24 May 2011, Lou Majaw celebrated the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan with a grand concert with one band each from 8 states of North East India. The bands were- Hip Pocket (Kolkata), Alive (Sikkim), D’luzion (Assam), Swraijak (Tripura), Evenflow(Mizoram), Cleave(Manipur), Incipit(Nagaland), Symmetry Clan(Arunachal Pradesh) and Midnight Garden Factor(Meghalaya).
The Lou Majaw Foundation is a Government Registered Trust with the motto “Share a Dream” which was formed on 18th May 2011. The registered office of the trust is located at Mawlai, Phudmuri, Shillong, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya India.
The members of the Trust are as follows:
- Shri. Lou Majaw
- Miss. Annie Lenex Majaw
- Shri. Martin Marbaniang