Mumbai/New Delhi: A legend, Ghazal King, the man with the golden voice and a mesmerising singer were some of the terms used to describe Jagjit Singh as tributes poured from the country's leadership to the film industry and his fans.

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President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and various political leaders condoled the death of the 70-year-old 'Ghazal King' in a Mumbai hospital on Monday.

"Popularly known as 'the Ghazal king', he also had a large heart due to which he also was known to give assistance to several philanthropic endeavours," the President said in her condolence letter to his wife Chitra.

An admirer of Jagjit Singh, Prime Minister said the singer was blessed with a golden voice and gave joy and pleasure to millions of music lovers.

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar said, "It is a great loss for the music industry but it is a greater personal loss for me. I knew him well. He worked very hard... sang from the heart."

Her sister Asha Bhonsle said that there will never be a person like him again. "We will never get a person like him again. He had a soothing voice, and was a very cheerful person," Bhonsle said.

Amitabh Bachchan remembered Singh and his "sonorous silk voice".

Shah Rukh Khan said, "So sad to hear of the demise of Jagjit Singhji. May Allah bless his soul."

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas said, "Music was not a profession for him, it was a passion. He took ghazal singing to another level. By nature, he was a fighter. It is a big loss to the music industry."

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who teamed up with Singh for 'Arth', recalled his association with ghazal maestro, "My film 'Arth' would not have touched the hearts of millions of people without the contribution of Jagjit Singh. Thank you friend. Thank you."

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

BJP veteran L K Advani said Singh's demise was a big loss to the nation, a loss to the world of art and music.

I&B Minister Ambika Soni said the ghazal maestro "understood the tastes of the common people".

Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said ghazals and sufi music, occupied centrestage because of the demystification and simplification of this genre by Singh.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit described Singh as singer with "golden voice", saying, "His passing away is an irreparable loss to the music world."

Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Singh would be remembered for revival and popularity of ghazal.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot too paid tribute to Singh and his heart touching voice.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief at the "untimely" death of Singh.

(Agencies)