Friday, May 28, 2010

Dr Bhupen Hazarika to continue singing

The Assam Tribune , May 29 , 2010
GUWAHATI, May 28 – “I will continue singing till the doctors allow me to,” said the cultural icon of the State Dr Bhupen Hazarika, who according to doctors, is responding quite well to the treatment provided by specialists at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai.

“Dr Hazarika underwent a coronary artery bypass surgery in August last year and has surprised all of us with the pace of recovery,” said Dr Pradeep Kaul, heart specialist of the hospital, speaking at the inaugural programme of a consultation centre of the same hospital in Guwahati.

Dr Kaul further said that all the doctors in the hospital are happy with the progress, and the music maestro is responding just as an 84-year old person should.

While interacting with the media, Dr Hazarika, seen in a cheerful mood today, said that he was happy to come to the State and savour Assamese delicacies like sewali phulor anja and other traditional cuisines.

Sharing his experience about the bypass surgery, he said that modern facilities at the Mumbai hospital, made him feel the need of same facilities in Guwahati too. “Though Guwahati has some good hospitals, yet some more well-equipped healthcare centres should come up in the city and the State,” he said. His sister-in-law Manisha Hazarika was also present on the occasion. Dr Hazarika who arrived in the city last Sunday also hummed a few lines from his song ‘We are on the same boat brother’ much to the delight of the fans and well-wishers present.

A specialist from the hospital Dr Sudhir Pillai and radiologist Dr Dibyajyoti Konwar, who were a part of the team, which performed Dr Hazarika’s surgery, were also present.

Noted litterateur Surjya Hazarika, while speaking on the occasion, said Dr Bhupen Hazarika was instrumental in bringing this hospital to Guwahati as he wanted good treatment facilities for the people of the State.