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News |  22 Oct 2009 | by chiragsutar

Indian Ocean's Asheem Chakravarty hospitalised

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MUMBAI: Asheem Chakravarty, the singer-percussionist of India's leading rock band Indian Ocean suffered a heart attack at the Qatar Airport a week ago. Though the update about his condition came in late,  the musician community has been abuzz with the news, and is praying for his recovery.

Indian Ocean's manager Dhruv Jagasia revealed that the medical emergency occurred, while the band was at their transit stop in Qatar en route from their US tour. Asheem, who is in his mid fifties,  is now being treated at a hospital in Qatar. This was the first time that Asheem suffered a heart attack -  he didn't have any medical history,... said Jagasia.

Though his condition is steady,"Nothing can't be said as of now - he is not out of the woods yet," Jagasia said.

However, despite the emergency, all the scheduled Indian Ocean concerts will go as per plan. "We have shows lined up in Singapore and Bangalore, canceling the shows meant the organizers would have been badly hit- we don't really want that to happen. So, as responsible musicians, we'll be going ahead with the shows as planned."

Two musicians would be joining the band in place of Asheem to perform for the band's scheduled concerts, it is learnt.

Asheem is popularly known among Indian Ocean fans as the man with the golden voice.... Amazingly, Asheem is known for singing and playing the tabla simultaneously with remarkable clarity and ease, a difficult feat rarely achieved by Indian percussionists.

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