On 86th birthday, ailing Bhupenda asks for cake in ICU

Doctors attending to him at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital said the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner's health has shown remarkable improvement.

"Around 11 am, Bhupenda asked for a cake. It was quite a long time after which he spoke. We arranged for a cake and he happily cut it," a spokesperson of the hospital said.
Hazarika, who has a genius for weaving a magical tapestry out of traditional Assamese music and lyrics, also sat on a chair with the help of support from his attendants, the spokesperson said.

Fans and well-wishers gathered at the hospital to wish the veteran singer, regarded as one of the greatest living cultural communicators of South Asia.

Hazarika was admitted to the ICU after he complained of breathlessness and drowsiness.
He had lent his voice to the recently-released film "Gandhi To Hitler", where he sang Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan 'Vaishnav jan'.

He has been a poet, journalist, singer, lyricist, musician, filmmaker, writer and politician.

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