Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fit’ Bhupen back home- Singer leaves hospital 10 days after bypass surgery

Source : The Telegraph , August 19, 2009
Mumbai/Guwahati, Aug. 18: Bhupen Hazarika was released from Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital today, 10 days after he underwent a bypass surgery following a sudden bout of breathlessness.

“He is hale and hearty. After his release from the hospital at 4pm we took him back home to our Lokhandwala apartment in Mumbai,” said Hazarika’s companion, film director Kalpana Lajmi.

The balladeer’s biographer and aide, Surjya Hazarika, said in Guwahati tonight that “Bhupenda wished to go home today itself after doctors attending to him declared him fit for release”.

The singer called his sister-in-law and late Jayanta Hazarika’s wife, Manisha, in Guwahati immediately after his release.

“He told her he was doing well. He said though he was initially feeling weak after the surgery, the hospital took good care of him. He said he even liked the hospital food,” said an aide of the singer.
A visit from Tina Ambani (the hospital has been named after her parents-in-law) and a call from his ex-wife Priyam kept Hazarika occupied over the last weekend as doctors closely monitored his health.

Hazarika had been a little emotional since he received the call from Priyam a couple of days back. “She called from Canada where she stays with their son Tej,” the source said.

Tina Ambani’s visit on Friday moved the maestro. “Bhupenda was overwhelmed by the attention. He told her that he loved the hospital and would talk to Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi about setting up a similar facility back home,” the source said.

Nurses who attended on Hazarika in room number 1319 said he thanked them profusely before leaving. “He was always listening to music. That helped him recover a great deal. He is a very strong person,” a nurse said.

Break ke baad

By Chhaya Toshniwal / , Aug 18 ,2009
Mumbai: Not too long ago, 82-year-old music maestro Bhupen Hazarika wasn't keeping too well. Now he's recuperating from his illness.

Live-in partner and film-maker Kalpana Lajmi says, "He's undergoing physiotherapy exercises and after a hiatus of three years, he wants to get back to his creative interest. He wants to lend his voice for my projects and he is ready to do that now. Bhupenji is going to give music for two of my in Hindi and the other is in Bengali."

Talking about Bengali cinema, Kalpana says, "My uncle Guru Dutt was in West Bengal. I've stayed there for 17 years of my life. My mother's family also belongs to Kolkata. Everyone is prodding me to make a Bengali movie. The script for the Bengali movie is yet to be finalised but the producers are very nice."

The talk deviates from this to the chances of a film being made on Bhupen Hazarika. Kalpana says, "I'm very keen that film-maker Gautam Ghose makes a biopic on Bhupenji. Somewhat like the one Shyam Benegal made on Satyajit Ray. But we have to have our funds in place before that.

Gautam is also very keen on this because he knows Bhupenda, his culture, his family, Bhupendra sangeet etc. Gautam himself is highly musical." But being a film-maker herself, why isn't Kalpana making this biopic? She reasons, "I am too close to him to have an objective take on his life."

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bhupenda , Apuni Gaan Gaboi Lagibo

Source : Sadin , 28th August 2009
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Post Operation Update : 14 Aug 2009

Source : Ajir Dainik Batori , 15 Aug 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Post operation update : Bhupen Hazarika may be out of ICU

Guwahati, Aug. 7: Doctors will consider shifting Bhupen Hazarika out of ICU tomorrow, especially after the singer gingerly took a few steps today at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai where he underwent a bypass surgery on Tuesday.

The 83-year-old maestro was assisted out of his bed after which he walked “two rounds” within the ICU with help from doctors.

Surjya Hazarika, a close aide of the singer-composer, said this evening that “Bhupenda was feeling less pain today and the doctors are likely to shift him out of ICU tomorrow. But a final decision will be taken in the morning tomorrow”.

The singer, however, will be kept in hospital for at least a week before he can be declared fit to return home.

Post operation update : Doctors happy with Bhupen

Source : The Telegraph , 7th Aug ,2009
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.

Surya 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.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Relief after Bhupenda’s surgery- Anxious wait for singer’s wellbeing ends in smiles among followers

Source: The Telegraph, 6th Aug 2009 ,
Guest column -by Surya Hazarika

What a relief! When I went and saw Bhupenda this morning, he appeared quite rested. He spoke, albeit briefly, and complained of some pain, but otherwise he was the same old Bhupenda.

The maestro was taken off the ventilator around 7.15 this morning and the various tubes were also disconnected. He had a simple breakfast too. The pain may be there for a while because he has been given only some light painkillers. But there is no reason to worry as the critical phase has passed. Doctors say he should be okay in the next 12 hours and can be shifted to a room from the ICU where he is required to remain till then for observation.

Those were just a few hours, but for the three of us — (his companion) Kalpana Lajmi, (his friend) Kamal Katoky and myself — it seemed like ages as we waited anxiously while the doctors performed the bypass surgery yesterday.

The entire operation lasted for about five hours, which the doctors said was normal in his case, given that he already had a surgery in the past when the pacemaker was implanted. Finally, the doctor emerged and said everything had gone off well.

There were people dropping by, making enquiries; there were calls coming from Assam. The callers were anxious, perhaps even more so, as they were far removed from Mumbai and wanted to know every minute how their Bhupenda was doing.

Those were moments which once again brought home a fact that has been known for so long: People just love Bhupen Hazarika.

While the anxiety all around was understandable, Bhupenda himself was confidence personified the day before. He told me he would go on and try and complete the various unfinished tasks at hand with the blessings and good wishes of the people. He is already set to work in two films, one Hindi and one Bengali, both by Lajmi.

Come to think of it, he was actually in quite a jolly mood, seemingly unaffected by the thought that he would be undergoing a major surgery the very next morning. His thoughts were rather on other things. He was still thinking of the people back home. He was highly appreciative of the hospital and told me that when chief minister Tarun Gogoi comes to meet him, he would request him to set up such a hospital in Assam for the people in our state.

I have been with Bhupenda for long, but his strong will and determination never cease to amaze me. He has already pulled through and I am certain that he will not only go on and complete whatever he has left incomplete, but also embark on newer journeys.
The writer is Bhupen Hazarika’s biographer

Post operation update : Kene Ase amar Bhupenda



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bhupen Hazarika successfully operated upon

News Source : The Assam Tribune , 5th Aug 2009 ,Partha Pratim Hazarika

GUWAHATI, Aug 4 – Music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika underwent a successful by-pass heart surgery at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai at 2.30 pm today. A team of super specialist doctors led by acclaimed heart surgeon Dr Pradip Kaul, performed the surgery, that took several hours, on the octogenarian musical genius.

Talking over phone from Mumbai, Kamal Kataki, a long time aide of the Dada Saheb Phalke awardee, who was present at the hospital during the hours of the operation, said that the doctors have expressed satisfaction over the surgery and that Dr Hazarika is currently doing fine.
The post-operative medical formalities are going on, Kataki said, adding that he will stay in the intensive care unit of the Reliance Group hospital at least for the next 48 hours. He also said that at present there is no cause of worry over the music maestro’s health.

Filmmaker and Dr Hazarika’s close aide Kalpana Lajmi and well-known publisher of Assam, Surjya Hazarika, among others, are beside Dr Hazarika at the Mumbai hospital, Kataki said.