Pankaj Udhas death reactions: PM Modi, Anu Malik, Kajol remember musical maestro - Hindustan Times

Pankaj Udhas death reactions: PM Modi, Anu Malik, Kajol remember the musical maestro

Feb 26, 2024 06:36 PM IST

Pankaj Udhas, a celebrated ghazal and playback singer, breathed his last on Monday. He was 72. Many took to social media to pay homage to the singer.

Popular ghazal and playback singer Pankaj Udhas breathed his last at 72. He died at around 11 am at the Breach Candy hospital after a prolonged illness. In the wake of the news, many noted figures and celebrities took to their social media to remember the singer and offered their condolences to his family. (Also read: Pankaj Udhas death: Legendary ghazal and playback singer best known for ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai’ breathes his last at 72)

Pankaj Udhas was best known for his Ghazals.(HT Photo)
Pankaj Udhas was best known for his Ghazals.(HT Photo)

Narendra Modi's statement

PM Narendra Modi offered his condolences via his X account. He wrote: “We mourn the loss of Pankaj Udhas Ji, whose singing conveyed a range of emotions and whose Ghazals spoke directly to the soul. He was a beacon of Indian music, whose melodies transcended generations. I recall my various interactions with him over the years. His departure leaves a void in the music world that can never be filled. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

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What Sonu Nigam said

Meanwhile, singer Sonu Nigam took to his Instagram account to mourn the loss of the singer. He shared a picture of Pankaj Udhas and wrote in the caption, “One of the most important part of my childhood, is lost today. Shri Pankaj Udhas ji, I will miss you forever. My heart cries knowing that you are no more. Thank you for being there. Om Shanti.”

Madhuri Dixit pays homage

Actor Madhuri Dixit wrote on her X account, "Deeply saddened by the loss of a music legend, Pankaj Udhas Ji. His gazals touched the souls of people worldwide. His legacy will forever linger in our hearts! Om Shanti." Pankaj Udhas had sung the solo version of the song Jiye To Jiye Kaise from her 1991 film Saajan.

Anu Malik shared a note on Instagram and wrote: "Saddened. Shocked. Anguished. The world has not only lost a great singer BUT a greater human being he was humble always took compliments with a soft laughter. The music world. The ghazal world. All of us have lost a shining star. A gem of a human being. The best of the best. May Pankaj Ji’s soul rest in everlasting peace. May god give his wife his daughters his entire family immense strength to bear this. IRREPARABLE LOSS, OM SHANTI. OM SHANTI. OM SHANTI."

Actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote on his X account, “Saddening!!! Rest in peace Pankaj udhas ji ! Had the privilege of listening to you and getting mesmerised by the sweet texture of your voice and Sur ! ॐ शान्ति (folded hands emoji) उत्तम कलाकार उत्तम इंसान (Excellent performer, excellent person)!”

Sushmita Sen via her Instagram Stories.
Sushmita Sen via her Instagram Stories.

Sushmita Sen took to her Instagram Stories and offered her tribute to the singer. “Rest in peace Sir @pankajudhas (folded hands emoji) Beautiful soul!!!” she wrote in the caption.

Bhajan singer Anup Galota wrote, “Shocking .... Music legend & my Friend #PankajUdhas passes away. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his Family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Kajol wrote, “You will be remembered every time music comes up.. Praying for the family. #RIP”

Singer Adnan Sami offered his tribute and said, "Today, I’m at a loss for words. All I can say is “Goodbye dear Pankaj Ji…Thank you for lending your music towards my childhood memories… May he rest in peace. My deepest Condolences to his family…His music will live till the end of times…"

Minister of Information and Broadcasting of India Anurag Thakur remembered the celebrated singer and said, “Deeply saddened the news of passing of Pankaj Udhas ji. His career, spanning more than 4 decades, enriched our music industry and gifted us with some of the most memorable and melodious renditions of gazals. His demise is an irreparable loss to our music world. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and followers in this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.”

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik wrote on his X account: “Deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of renowned Ghazal singer #PankajUdhas. His soothing voice and emotive renditions touched the hearts of millions. Legacy of the legendary singer will continue to resonate with fans and music enthusiasts for time to come. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family and friends.”

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