Noted singer, musician and lyricist Bhupen Hazarika, 86, admitted in the intensive care unit of a hospital here, is critically ill, but in stable condition, doctors said on Wednesday.
Hazarika was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital in Andheri in June, after complaining of breathlessness, owing to a chest infection. He was later admitted to the ICU, said doctors.
"Hazarika is on ventilator support and is undergoing dialysis," said Dr Ram Narain, chief operating officer. Hazarika has on and off been put on the ventilator. Over the last couple of days, his kidneys were not functioning properly and he was not passing adequate urine, because of which he had to be put on dialysis, Dr Narain added.
Hazarika's health deteriorated after he developed pneumonia on October 23. He had to undergo a minor surgery, to attach a food pipe into his system.
The legendary singer and composer, with his trademark deep baritone, has sung in many Indian languages, including Bengali, Hindi and his native language, Assamese. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke award.
On September 8, Hazarika celebrated his 85th birthday in hospital.