A tribute to the Nightingale of Pakistan…Nazia Hassan
Nazia Hassan started her music career at the age of 10, and became one of the most prominent singers in Pakistan and India.
Zoheb and Nazia Hassan rose to heights of unparalleled fame in early 80’s when the duo released their first album and soon afterwards Disco Deewane became anthem for millions in Pakistan and India – making the siblings South-Asian sub-continent’s first pop icons.
In the middle of her successful singing career, Hassan earned degrees in economics and law at two prestigious London schools, Richmond, The American International University and the University of London.
The singer sang the number “Aap jaisa koi…” for the Hindi film “Qurbani” when she was just 15 and became famous overnight in the Indian subcontinent despite established female singers such as Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle dominating Hindi film music.
The song landed the then teenager the Filmfare Award in the “Best Female Playback Singer” category.
This was followed by Boom Boom (1982) Young Tarang and Hotline which was her last album with Zoheb.
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. They also hosted the first-ever pop-music stage show, Music ’89, produced by Shoaib Mansoor.
On 30 March 1995, Hassan married businessman Mirza Ishtiaq Baig in an Islamic wedding ceremony held in Karachi. This took place after her being diagnosed with cancer.
They have a son, Arez Hassan, born on 7 April 1997. The marriage ended in a divorce ten days before Nazia’s death
Though other Pakistani singers such as Mehdi Hassan and Ghulam Ali have been popular in India, she stood out from the rest because of the paradigm shift that Hindi film music was going through in the 1980s.
Through her successful singing career spanning over 25 years, Hassan became one of the subcontinent’s most popular celebrities.
Hassan was also a recipient of Pakistan’s civilian award, Pride of Performance. In addition to singing in films, Hassan also engaged in philanthropic activities, and was appointed by UNICEF as its cultural ambassador in 1991.
Hassan died of lung cancer in London on 13 August 2000 at the age of 35.
Zoheb Hassan also took to twitter and posted a message for her remembrance.
Please pray and post a remembrance message for Nazia Hassan today and keep her memory alive… https://t.co/LPU1MY6bBc
— Zoheb Hassan (@zoheb_hassan) August 13, 2018