New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) Country's leadership led by President APJ Abdul Kalam today paid homage to doyen of Hindi film music Naushad remembering his immortal composition in films like Mughal-e-Azam, Baiju Bawra and Mother India and highlighting his popularisation of classical music through film songs.
Naushad died at Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai this morning.
The loss is irreparable, but the master composer will live through his music on which he resisted all compromises, said the leaders.
''In his death, the country has lost a great musician whose scores in films of yesteryears will be his lasting memory,'' President Kalam said.
Paying homage to Naushad Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat said he made a unique contribution to the world of art by popularising the classical music through his film compositions and a large part of credit for the success of films like Mughal-e-Azam and Baiju Bawra goes to his music.
''His deep love for the Indian classical music and his human qualities had earned him great respect all over the country,'' the Vice-President said.
In a messsage here, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said,''With Naushad Saheb's departure, an era of melody and virtuosity has come to an end.'' ''In his long and illustrious innings, glittering with memorable compositions in classics like ''Mughal-e-Azam'' 'Baiju Bawra', 'Mother India', 'Ganga Jamuna', 'Anmol Ghari and many others, Naushad Saheb scaled phenomenal heights of popular music,'' Mr Singh said.
He said despite being an uncompromising stickler for the grammar of classical music, the composer had also an amazing grasp of the popular mood.
''As a pioneer of various musical trends and mentor of numerous musical prodigies, Naushad Saheb had virtually shaped the broad contours of film music in the country,'' the Prime Minister said.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his tribute to the late composer said he had provided new avenues to the Indian film music by his unmatched compositions.
''The void created by the death of Naushadji is difficult to fill,'' said the former Prime Minister.
Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterji has also expressed deep grief over the composer's death.
''Naushadji has created and estabilished a culture through unique combination of folk and classical music on one hand and Hindustani and Western music on the other. The void created in the Indian Film industry with his passing away is difficult to fill,''he said in a message from Isle of Man, where he is attending a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Naushad was the only composer who never compromised with melody and his music was enjoyed even after 50 years of its composition.
''The colossal loss caused by his demise was impossible to replace,'' he said.
Paying tribute to the music director, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said his absence will be deeply felt by millions of his fans and music lovers all over the world.
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