Had South Asia’s ‘Queen of Pop’ been alive today, this would’ve been her 51st birthday. Nazia Hassan was one of the best singers and songwriters that the subcontinent had the good fortune to see. To pay a tribute to her, we’ve decided to highlight and celebrate her accolades and achievements. Here’s why she really was the pride of Pakistan:
1. Nazia Hassan was the first, and the youngest Pakistani to receive the Best Playback Singer (female) award at Filmfare awards.
She received this award when she was only 15 years old, for her famous “Aap Jaisa Koi” from the movie, Qurbani.
2. Her first album, Disco Deewane came out when she was 16, and was a instant hit in 14 countries, including Russia and West Indies.
Therefore it was no surprise when Karan Johar decided to feature a remix version of the song in his movie, Student Of The Year, thus proving that Nazia Hassan’s music is timeless.
3. Along with music, social work remained one of Nazia’s greatest passions. She worked for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.
Source: Bhaagi TV
4. On account of her philanthropic activities, she was also appointed by UNICEF as the goodwill ambassador for Children’s Rights.
5. After the release of her first English single, Dreamer Deewane, she became the first Pakistani ever to be featured on British Charts.
6. Along with her brother Zoheb Hassan, she hosted the first-ever pop-music stage show in Pakistan, Music ’89.
The successful duo sold over 60 million records globally!
7. Nazia Hassan was awarded the highest civilian award in Pakistan, the ‘Pride of Performance’ award, by the Government of Pakistan.
Pakistan’s pop music wouldn’t have been the same without you.
This one’s for the music revolution Nazia Hassan brought to the subcontinent, and for taking Pakistan’s name to insurmountable heights.