Born in 1965 in Karachi, Nazia Hassan was the most influential and probably the only real female pop singer of the '80s and '90s in both India and Pakistan. Today marks her 54th birthday.
Regarded as the original pop diva of the sub continent, late Nazia Hassan is being remembered on her 54th birthday by her fans in Pakistan and abroad.
Pop queen Nazia Hassan was born on April 3rd 1965 and debuted into the massive music industry of the subcontinent by introducing the disco genre with her Aap Jaisa Koi song for Feroz Khan’s film Qurbani.
Aap Jaisa Koi was a massive hit that led to the trio Nazia Hassan, her brother Zoheb Hassan and London-based music director Biddu collaborating for their very first album Disco Deewane which was another massive hit and had topped the charts home, India and abroad.
The iconic Disco Deewane that became youth’s anthem at the time was so ahead of its time that it was borrowed in Karan Johar’s 2012 film Student Of The Year.
Nazia and Zoheb went on to release four more albums namely Star, Young Tarang, Hotline and Camera Camera.
The pop icon decided to quit singing in order to pursue philanthropy, a reason why her final album was dedicated to the battle against narcotics cause.
Nazia went on to earn her LLB degree from University of Lancaster and took a job as Political Analyst at the United Nations headquarters in New York where she concentrated her research on disputed areas especially the Palestinian territories and Kashmir.
She was diagnosed with cancer and went through several chemotherapy sessions. Just when it looked as though she had beaten the cancer, her health deteriorated and she was admitted to the hospital again where she breathed her last on August 13, 2000.
Nazia Hassan earned several awards and honours in her short yet glorious career including a Filmfare award and Golden Disk Award. She was also awarded the highest civil award Pride of Performance posthumously.
The song was widely admired and led her to team up with her brother Zoheb Hassan who was into writing and composing songs and celebrated music director based in London Biddu and came up with their very first album Disco Deewane that was also a big hit and kept them among their fans.
Nazia earned critical acclaim and went on to receive several awards as first for Pakistani artists. Some of the prestigious awards she received include the Filmfare, Golden Disk and posthumously awarded Pride of Performance which is the highest civil award.
She breathed her last 19 years ago after battling cancer.