|A STAFF REPORTER ( Telegraph)|
Guwahati, Aug. 6: Bhupen Hazarika was taken on a round of the ICU in a wheelchair this afternoon as he showed “marked” signs of improvement, two days after he underwent a bypass surgery in Mumbai.
Surjya Hazarika, the biographer of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award recipient, told this correspondent over phone that the singer-composer “looked improved” and “is in very high spirits”.
Hazarika, 83, was operated upon by a team of surgeons at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The singer was taken off the ventilator yesterday morning and doctors attending on him described his condition as stable, Surjya Hazarika said, quoting the doctors.
“He is improving quite well. He was given a liquid diet in the morning and taken on a round of the ICU on a wheelchair around 2.30 in the afternoon,” he added.
The singer expressed his desire to listen to some of his own songs last evening.
“I played a few of his songs on my mobile phone. Bhupenda even sang along, humming the tunes and uttering a few words in between. It was a great sight,” Surjya Hazarika said.
Others who are keeping him company include the singer’s long time partner Kalpana Lajmi and Kamal Kotoky, his inseparable guitarist for all his stage shows .
“Bhupenda said that he felt like being able to sing better than he had in the last few years after coming out of hospital,” Surjya Hazarika said. He quoted doctors as saying that the singer would be kept in the ICU for “at least two more days” and was likely to be kept in the hospital for a week. “Since Bhupenda has said that he still feels a slight pain in the area where the incision was made, the doctors are monitoring him regularly. However, they said this was normal and there was nothing to worry about,” Surjya Hazarika said.
Bhupen Hazarika performed at a Bihu function this year at Rangia, his first since suffering a mild stroke a few years ago while performing at a Bihu function in Guwahati.
The surgery on Bhupen Hazarika — the most famous and popular modern-day personality in Assam — has generated statewide concern and people have offered prayers for his speedy recovery.
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