Today is the 20th death anniversary of Pakistan’s first pop singer Nazia Hassan. Though she died at the age of 35, she reached the peak of fame in the music world.
Nazia Hassan was born in Karachi on 3rd April 1965. She began her singing career in the late 1970s‚ she appeared on several television shows on PTV as a child artist.
At the age of fifteen, she provided the lead vocals for the song Aap Jaisa Koi from the 1980 Indian film Qurbani and in 1981 won the Filmfare award for it.
In 1981‚ Nazia Hassan released her first album‚ Disco Deewane. Nazia s second album Star/Boom Boom was released in 1982. The soundtrack of the album was used in the movie Star.
Nazia’s third album‚ Young Tarang was released in 1984. The album sold 40 million copies which set the record of most-selling video albums of all time.
Nazia’s fourth album‚ Hotline was released in 1987. In 1988‚ Nazia and her brother Zoheb appeared with music expert Sohail Rana in his television program‚ Sung Sung.
Nazia and Zoheb hosted the groundbreaking show Music 89. Nazia hosted another show‚ Dhanak on PTV in the same year‚ 1989.
Nazia was married to Mirza Ishtiaq Baig. They had a son born on April 7‚ 1997 named Arez. Nazia’s marriage with Mirza Ishtiaq Baig was a failure and she got divorced on August 4‚ 2000.
‘Queen of Pop’ Nazia, died of lung cancer in London on August 13‚ 2000 at the age of 35. The Government of Pakistan has conferred upon Nazia Hassan the highest civilian award Pride of Performance.