Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, who once called Hassan the 'voice of God', said, "A singer like him is born once in a millennium. It is my bad luck that I could not sing with him when he was healthy. Now I can only regret. With his demise the music fraternity has lost a great and legendary singer."
Singer Talat Aziz, who trained under Hassan, said, "I feel a tremendous personal sense of loss. I was his 'shagird', I spent a lot of time with him. For me he was a star. I don't have words to describe his loss. He was a great asset to the world of Ghazal. Though he was not singing for quite sometime, but he will be missed. There will never be another Mehdi Hassan."
"I remember him saying I can see 'sur'. We should celebrate him across India and Pakistan because he was an asset to both the countries. He was legendary. Such people come only once in a while," Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen said.
Another Pak singer Adnan Sami said, "He has been an inspiration to anyone who has anything to do with music. He created an institution called Mehdi Hassan... I am still absorbing the news. It's difficult to digest that he has passed away."
Zila Khan said, "I am sad as I was when my father died. What aesthetics of music, what a great artiste he was. In his field of work he was a king because his choice of 'kalam', his music, was supreme." "It is a great loss. Everyone learnt from his music, technique and style of singing. I had the opportunity to meet him and he was always encouraging.
He has been unwell since quite sometime," said singer Chitra Singh, wife of late Jagjit Singh.
Many celebs also took to Twitter to express their condolences. Here are some tweets:
Kabir Bedi @iKabirBedi
Saddened that Ghazal King MEHDI HASSAN passed away. What a phenomenal impact he made with his unique voice & style! #RIP
Anupam Kher @AnupamPkher
Very saddened to hear about my fav Gazal Singer Mehdi Hassan's demise. As a student had gate crashed into Pak Embassy to listen to him. RIP.
Madhur Bhandarkar @mbhandarkar268
Emperor of ghazals no more... R.I.P Mehdi Hassan... You will be missed sorely!
Shreya Ghoshal @shreyaghoshal
Mehdi Hassan sa'ab is no more. The voice, who made mny music lovers n lovers to find an expression of their heart's stories, is gone. R.I.P. Saddened beyond comprehension. Jagjit ji, now Mehdi Sa'ab. The voices who kept the legacy of ghazals alive and how, are gone...This void can never be filled ever again.
Dia Mirza @deespeak
RIP Mehdi Hasan Saab... Your songs are eternal...
Kailash Kher @kailashkher
Another Legend (Mehdi Hassan) has gone from this world. Lagta hai ghazal ka suraj dukhon ke baadalon ne dhak diya (It seems the sun of ghazals is hiding behind clouds of sadness).
Shankar Mahadevan @Shankar_Live
RIP Mehdi Hassan saab, huge loss to the world of music. Your voice is immortal though.
Manoj Bajpayee @BajpayeeManoj
Ghazal King, one of my favourites, Mehdi saab passed away. May his soul rest in peace!
Meiyang Chang @MeiyangChang
My dad loved Mehdi Hassan saab. He was his biggest musical influence, and as a result, my first. RIP huzoor, your voice shall never fade away.