Lata’s voice acts as elixir for ailing Hazarika

Last Updated: Aug 01, 2011, 20:14 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Lata Mangeshkar’s voice proved to be an elixir for legendary music composer and singer Bhupen Hazarika, who is fighting for his life at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Mumbai.

Hazarika, 86, was put on ventilator last week and had stopped responding to medicines and treatment. The music composer, who basically hails from Assam, was only partially conscious.

However, when the nightingale of India made a phone call to filmmaker and Hazarika’s partner Kalpana Lajmi a miracle of sorts happened. When the veteran was made to hear Lata’s voice, he opened his eyes that had turned moist out of love for the melody queen.

Talking to a daily, Debasish Sarma, deputy resident commissioner of Assam Bhavan in Mumbai said, “The phone was placed near Bhupenda’s ears when Lataji spoke. To everyone’s surprise, Bhupenda opened his eyes. Lataji told him that they were all wishing for his speedy recovery and eagerly waiting to have him back among them.”

Often addressed as Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of learning and music) on earth, Lata and Hazarika have churned out many chartbusters with one of the noted number being ‘Dil Hoom hoom kare’ from `Rudaali`.

“His condition is much better today. His lung infection decreased significantly, almost by 70%. He is responding well to medicines for the past two days and is breathing about 25 times a minute. The doctors said he will be put off ventilator once he regains complete consciousness,” Sarma added.

We wish the music maestro a speedy recovery.