LOLLYWOOD: Today is the 18th death anniversary of iconic first Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan. She lived a very short life of just 35 years but climbed the highest peaks of name and fame in the music world.
Nazia was born on 3rd April 1965 in Karachi. Nazia Hassan began her singing career during the late 1970s‚ when she appeared on several television shows on PTV as a child artist.
Her professional career started at the age of fifteen when she provided the lead vocals for the song ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ from the 1980 Indian film ‘Qurbani’ and in 1981 won Filmfare award for it.
In 1981‚ Nazia Hassan 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’.
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.
Nazia’s fourth album‚ ‘Hotline’ was released in 1987. In 1988‚ Nazia and her brother Zoheb appeared with music expert Sohail Rana in his television program‚ Sung Sung.
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 her 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’.