ISLAMABAD: The 17th death anniversary of pop Pakistani singer, songwriter ,social activist and lawyer Nazia Hassan was observed on Sunday.
According to a private TV news channel, she was born in 1965 at Karachi, Sindh and was brought up in Karachi and London. She was a graduate of the well reputed Richmond, The American International University and University of London. She started her music career at the age of 10, and became one of the most prominent singers in Pakistan and India. She has been termed as the “Queen of Pop” in South Asia.
She, along with her brother Zoheb Hassan, went on to sell over 65 million records worldwide and dominated the Pakistan music arena during the 1980s and 90s. Her English language single Dreamer Deewane made her the first Pakistani singer to make it to the British charts. Nazia made her singing debut with the song “Aap Jaisa Koi”, from the Indian film Qurbani (1980).
Her debut album, Disco Deewane (1981), charted in fourteen countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop record up until that time. This was followed by Boom Boom, Young Tarang (1984). Her last album, Camera Camera (1992) was part of a campaign against drugs. Along with her brother, she also appeared in several television programs. In 1988 she appeared in Sung Sung with music maestro Sohail Rana. Through her successful singing career spanning over 25 years, Nazia became one of the subcontinent’s most popular celebrities. She received numerous national and international awards, and at the age of 15 became the first Pakistani to win the Filmfare Award and remains the youngest recipient of the award till date. Hassan was also a recipient of Pakistan’s highest civilian award, Pride of Performance. In addition to singing in films, she also engaged in philanthropic activities, and was appointed by UNICEF as its cultural ambassador in 1991. The famous pop- singer Hassan died at the gae of 35 in London on 13th August 2000.