The “Queen of Pop” Nazia Hassan is being remembered on her 55th birthday today.
Nazia Hassan was born on April 3, 1965. She began her career at the age of 10 as a child artist. She gained immense popularity through the Pakistan Television (PTV) program Sung Sung.
Nazia Hassan made her singing debut with a melodious song Aap Jaisa Koi, from the Bollywood film Qurbani (1980). Her debut album, Disco Deewane (1981) is highly popular even among youngsters today. It was highly-admired in fourteen countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop recorded at the time.
Nazia Hassan immense respect and fame across South and Southeast Asia. She, along with her brother Zoheb Hassan, made over 65 million records worldwide. Her English language single Dreamer Deewane made her the first Pakistani singer to make it to the British musical charts.
The artist was honored with several national and international awards. She was the first Pakistani artist to win the Filmfare Award in India at the age of 15.
In addition to this, she was also honored with Pakistan’s highest civilian award, Pride of Performance.
Apart from that, Nazia Hassan also served the public through her philanthropic activities. She became a cultural ambassador in 1991 at UNICEF.
Her last album, Camera Camera (1992), was part of a campaign against drugs.
Hassan passed away on August 13, 2000, in London at the young age of 35 as she was battling with lung cancer.