Islamabad (Agencies): Ailing ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan, who recently improved from an attack of severe infection, is expected to be taken to India for treatment in March, his son said on Tuesday.

The 83-year-old ghazal maestro was hospitalised twice in the last few weeks in Karachi after he suffered from a chest infection.

"He is better now and resting at home," said Arif Mehdi, the singer's son, in a telephonic conversation from Karachi.

"We plan to take him to India in March for treatment. We had sent his medical reports to a hospital in New Delhi and sought an appointment, and this has been given," said Arif.

Hassan was born into a family of traditional musicians at Luna village in Rajasthan in 1927. His family shifted to Pakistan at the time of partition.

He has ruled the Pakistan film industry along with Ahmed Rushdi for many years. He was hounoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, and Gorkha Dakshina Bahu by the Government of Nepal.

Hassan, who has a enormous following in the subcontinent, cut back on his performances in the late 1980s due to illness.

On hearing of Hassan's financial crisis in 2009, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced that the government would provide Rs 50,000 a month as aid to the singer.