Pop music queen Nazia Hassan remembered on 20th death anniversary
Music enthusiasts across the country and all over the world are remembering Pop Music Queen Nazia Hassan on her 20th death anniversary Thursday.
Born in Karachi, Nazia was a child prodigy who started singing at a very young age and had appeared on Pakistani television. Nazia was just 14 when she was introduced to Feroz Khan, who was the producer, director and lead star of Qurbani.
In 1981‚ she became the first playback singer to release an album after the release of 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.
Teenage sensation Nazia became the subcontinent's first pop idol. Instead of taking up a big-money offer to act in a movie, she teamed up with her talented brother Zoheb Hassan, who had sung on some of the Disco Deewane tracks, for a series of successful albums, including the soundtrack for 1982 Bollywood film Star.
Their albums, including Young Tarang and Hotline, further cemented their positions as pop icons.
They toured the world, including accompanying Bollywood’s biggest star Amitabh Bachchan during a North American tour in 1984.
Nazia’s third album‚ Young Tarang was released in 1984. The album sold 40 million copies which set the record of most-selling video album of all times.
In the following year‚ Nazia and Zoheb hosted the groundbreaking show Music 89. Nazia hosted another show‚ Dhanak on PTV in the same year‚ 1989.
In 1991‚ Nazia and her brother Zoheb recorded fifth album‚ Camera Camera . The album was released in 1992.
Nazia was married on March 30‚ 1995 to Mirza Ishtiaq Baig. They had a son born on April 7‚ 1997 named Arez. Nazia’s marriage with Mirza Ishtiaq Baig was a complete failure and she got divorced on August 4‚ 2000.
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.
For this generation Nazia has become an iconic monument, we look at her as someone who did something way bigger than perhaps she ever assumed she would. Female artistes that are renowned now owe their courage to the women that liberated the pop industry for women to enter.