Remembering the Pop queen ‘Nazia Hassan’ on 17th death anniversary
The 17th death anniversary of legendary Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan observes today. She was also known as “Nightingale of Pakistan”. She spent her childhood in Karachi as well as in London.Remembering the Pop queen ‘Nazia Hassan’ on 17th death anniversary
Her song “Aap Jaisa Koi” (1980) shot her to the heights of fame in South Asia’s music scene and later on her debut album “Disco Deewane” (1981) also charted in 14 countries became the best-selling Asian pop record at the time.
Nazia, along with her brother Zohaib Hassan, went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide.
The first Pakistani to win a Filmfare Award, Nazia, who won it at the age of 15, remains the youngest winner of the award in the category of Best Female Playback Singer to date.
Along with the Filmfare Award, she also received many national awards. She is a recipient for the Pride of Performance Award, the Double Platinum Award as well as the Golden Disc Awards.
Hassan died of lung cancer in London on August 13, 2000 at the young age of 35.
Remembering the legend
With the music industry still getting back on its feet, the magical voice of Nazia Hassan continues to echo in the hearts of millions of her fans.
Born in Karachi on April 3, 1965, Hassan’s first ever television appearance was in a program “Kaliyon Ke Mala” (1975) aired on Pakistan Television Network (PTV), where she appeared as a child artist and sang “Dosti Aisa Naata”.
Her song “Aap Jaisa Koi” which she sang at the age of 15 for the Indian film Qurbani (1980) became one of the biggest hits in Bollywood film music.
After the success of “Aap Jaisa Koi”, in 1981 Hassan become the first female playback singer to release “Disco Deewana”, an album in which her brother Zohaib also collaborated on vocals with her.
She was the first Pakistani singer to make it to the British charts, and the English version of Disco Deewane called Dreamer Deewane was much appreciated in the west. The song was also recently used in Karan Johar’s film, Student of the Year in the song, The Disco Song.
Nazia’s second album Boom Boom was released in 1982.The soundtrack of the album was used in another Bollywood film, Star. While that film did not do well at the box office, the album was a success.
It was probably the first time in the history of Indian cinema that the record was a hit and the film was a flop. This increased the popularity of the siblings in both Pakistan and India.
Another album Young Tarang (1984) followed soon after. This was the first album to feature music videos in Pakistan. Then came Hotline in 1987. Nazia’s last solo album, Camera Camera, came out in London in 1992.
It has been 17 years since Pakistan lost its music legend, but even today, Nazia continues to mesmerise her fans through her beautiful voice, catchy music and evergreen videos.