New Delhi Bollywood artists Abhishek Bachchan, Shekhar Kapur, Madhur Bhandarkar, Diya Mirza and author Shobhaa De condoled the passing of music maestro Pandit Bhimsen Joshi on Monday, saying his music will live on forever in their hearts.
Singers, actors and musicians took to social networking site Twitter to mourn the death of the 88-year-old legend, who died at a Pune hospital due to old age related ailments.
Here's what the artists have to say:
Abhishek Bachchan: Very sad to hear the news of the passing of Pandit Bhimsen joshi. RIP (rest in peace)
Shekhar Kapur: Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passes away. Those of us lucky to have heard him live will never ever forget.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Loss of Bharat Ratna Sh. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi ji... So Saddening. An irreparable loss for our nation... R.I.P.
Shobhaa De: How lucky are the gods in heaven - Bhimsen Joshi will be singing for them. Those of us who heard him live, are truly blessed. Angel of Music, RIP.
Shreya Ghoshal: Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passes away... May his soul rest in peace. His voice echoes...
Riteish Deshmukh: Bharat Ratna in true sense - the greatest Indian classical singer Bhimsen Joshi. It's a big loss to the Indian classical and cultural heritage.
Dia Mirza: Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. You will live forever in your songs. I was introduced to you in school and I will make sure my children know you.
Anupam Kher: Bhimsen Joshi mesmerized the world for decades with his Voice. Now it is time for gods to be mesmerized. Will miss him. RIP.
Swanand Kirkire: Bharat Ratna Pandit BhImsen Joshi...Shastriya sangeet ke ek swarnim adhyaay ki samapti !! Shraddhanjali!! (The end of a golden era in Indian classical music. Tributes!)
Vishal Dadlani: Saw an eight-hour concert of his once. Consider myself fortunate and blessed. RIP Panditji. Music will miss you. God has taken back one his most precious gift. When you sing for him, maybe he'll forgive some of mankind's flaws.
Kailash Kher: Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's sad demise. I pray to the Almighty to give him place in his own heart, and he attains Moksha (salvation).
Sophie Choudhry: Thank you god for blessing us with his great presence!He is in a better place now but will live on in our hearts forever. R.I.P Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
Aftab Shivdasani: A music great Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passed away.. May his soul rest in peace. Amen.