Prez, PM and VP condole Hazarika death

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday joined countless admirers of legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika in condoling his death, saying the passing away of one of the most gifted artist had left a void which will never be filled.

"A creative genius whose deep baritone voice was instantly recognised by poetry and music lovers across the nation. His use of folk music with a touch of contemporary made his composition unique in its own way," Patil said.

Singh in his condolence message said, "It is with great sorrow that I learnt of the passing away of Dr Bhupen Hazarika… On this sad occasion, I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and countless admirers of Dr Hazarika." In Hazarika`s "sad demise, India has lost one of its most gifted artists", he said.

Paying tributes to Hazarika, Singh said his "extraordinary talent" encompassed not only music and literature but also cinema acting and direction. "His contribution greatly enriched our cultural landscape and his influence on Assamese art and culture was particularly profound," the Prime Minister said. "The reverence with which Dr Hazarika was looked upto and the innumerable awards that he received are a tribute to his dazzling brilliance and creativity, and his love for the people," he added. Singh said "the void that Dr Hazarika`s passing away has caused will never be filled."

Ansari too condoled the death of the legendary singer.