Mumbai: Bollywood actors and directors paid rich tribute to ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh, describing his death as the loss of a "true legend".

From contemporaries like Mahesh Bhatt and Shaban Azmi to admirers like Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood personalities mourned the demise of the ghazal king.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said that his National Award winning film 'Arth' attained such heights because of its music, which was composed by Singh and his wife Chitra.

"My film 'Arth' would not have touched the hearts of millions of people without the contribution of Jagjit Singh. Thank you friend. Thank you," Bhatt wrote on Twitter.

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who starred in 'Arth', said, "Jagjit Singh no more. His contribution to the ghazal in India is unparalleled. Big loss," Shabana Azmi said.

Superstar Shahrukh Khan also expressed his grief over the demise of the music legend.

"Uff so sad to hear of the demise of Jagjit Singhji. May Allah bless his soul," he tweeted.

"I grew up listening to the brilliance of Jagjit Singh. My mother was a big fan and then made me one. RIP sir!!! Loss of a true legend," director Karan Johar said.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said, "Terribly shocked to hear the sad demise of Jagjit Singhji, in you I have lost a dear friend, your soulful songs will remain till eternity," Bhandarkar said.

Acclaimed filmmaker and friend, Shekhar Kapur also paid his tribute.

"A heart that captured millions through poetry and song. Goodbye Jagjit, dear friend," said Kapur.

"Saddened to know 'The Ghazal King', Jagjit Singh is no more. 'Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho', this song makes me misty-eyed, especially today. RIP Jagjit Singh," Akshay Kumar said.

"Another stalwart, Jagjit Singh, passes away. RIP," tweeted Farhan Akhtar.

"May god give peace to Mr Jagjit Singh's soul. He was the king of poetry & soulful music. He will live in our hearts forever.... RIP," Prity Zinta tweeted.

"Jagjit Singhji- You will be missed .. hoto se chukar apne geet aap amar kar gaye," said Celina Jaitely.

"RIP Jagjit Singh Saab," actor Ritesh Deshmukh said.

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan called Singh's demise a great loss to the music industry.
   
"The sonorous silk voice of Jagjit Singh silent now !! A great loss to the world of music and Ghazal .. Prayers and condolences ..," the 68-year-old actor posted on Twitter.
       
Earlier also Bachcham had prayed for the speedy recovery when the renowned singer was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on September 23 after he suffered brain haemorrhage.
     
"Jagjit Singh that great ghazal singer is critical with brain hemorrhage  ...speedy recovery...He's the man with the silken voice, smooth and endearing in all his ghazal renditions ..," he had posted as soon as the news broke about his illness.

(Agencies)