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Ustad Bismillah KhanUstad Bismillah Khan's condition stable
19th Aug 2006  09.30 IST
By Agencies  


Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan 's health is improving and his vital parameters are functioning normally.

However, the esteemed musician will remain under observation in the intensive care unit of the Heritage Hospital in Varanasi for the next two or three days.



"Khan (saheb) today met his family members and some well-wishers and was able to recognize them individually," hospital sources are quoted as saying.

The shehnai legend's health is improving and his condition is stable, they said.

But doctors at the private hospital have decided to keep him under observation in the ICU for the next 48 to 72 hours.

The 91-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee was rushed to the hospital on the advice of his personal physician Nadeem Jafri after his condition appeared to deteriorate.

Hospital authorities have constituted a three-member medical team, comprising nephrologist D K Sinha, cardiologist Ajay Pandey and gastroenterologist Hemant Rai, to monitor Khan's health round-the-clock.

The maestro, suffering from with general weakness and age-related problems, had been put on an intravenous liquid diet by Jafri when he refused solid food.



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