Nazia Hassan: Life and Legacy
Nazia Hassan’s talented vocals and mesmerising personality still linger in everyone’s head. She is a legacy who is celebrated by all generations in Pakistan and known as the ‘Queen of pop’: because no one can do it better than her.
Her rise to fame and early demise due to cancer is an unforgettable memory for her fans and the music industry. Even today, many people listen to Nazia’s songs and express the love they have for her charming persona.
Nazia started her career at the mere age of 10 as a child artist. However, she was rose to fame with her appearance on Sung Sung, a PTV program. She was born on April 3, 1965, and died on August 13, 2000, following a long hard battle with cancer.
The highlight of Nazia’s career was the sibling duo performance that included Zohaib Hassan, her brother. They both sang ‘Aap Jaisa koi’ in a 1980 Bollywood Movie Qurbani, which initiated their popularity in the Industry. Afterward, the duo’s name went viral and she gradually became a worldwide sensation.
Disco Deewane, her debut album was released in 1981 and received immense praise globally in approximately fourteen countries! PTV reported that this album was listed as the best-selling Asian pop recorded at the time.
Nazia’s gift of singing gained popularity across South and Southeast Asian countries, increasing her sales which added up to 65 million records sold worldwide.
Her single Dreamer Deewane, which was in English appeared in the British musical charts giving her the status of the first Pakistani singer to achieve this. Since the age of 15, she won awards and holds the title for the 1st Pakistani to win a Film fare Award.
On 30 March 1995, After Nazia Hassan was diagnosed with cancer, she also tied the knot with Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, a renowned businessman in Karachi. This also created a halt in her career as she chose to focus on her personal life and child.
Arez Hassan, their son was born on 7 April 1997, who currently is 24 years old.
Nazia was an inspiring individual until her passing on August 13, 2000. She fought with lung cancer for years and died in London.
Nazia was an all-rounder as she not only sung but was a songwriter, Lawyer, Political analyst, Philanthropist, and official cultural ambassador of UNICEF. She was a brilliant mother and wife and spoke against many destructive habits in society as her last album, Camera Camera (1992), was a campaign about the dangers of drugs.
Her legacy will remain in the hearts of many and continue to bring people together from all generations as her singles are played on television and the internet by the old and young alike.