Pakistani ‘pop queen’ Nazia Hassan is being celebrated throughout the nation as well as by music-lovers around the world on death anniversary. The music industry’s sweetheart had passed away on August 13, 2000, at the young age of 35, in London, following a prolonged battle with lung cancer.
She enjoyed widespread popularity across South and Southeast Asia and has been called the “Queen of Pop” in South Asia. She, along with her brother Zoheb Hassan, went on to sell over 65 million records worldwide. Her English language single Dreamer Deewane made her the first Pakistani singer to make it to the British charts. In the middle of her successful singing career, Hassan earned degrees in economics and law at two prestigious London schools, Richmond, The American International University and the University of London.
Pakistan’s contemporary music scene is forever indebted to the little girl whose music career started when she was 10 years old, in Kaliyon ki Mala, and who broke predictions as well as glass ceilings. She redefined the country’s pop music, with the 80s kids remember her songs — such as “Dum Dum Dede” and “Akhein Milane Wale” — quite well.
The dreamy and talented singer was not only blessed with an angelic voice to serenade audiences but with an empathetic heart as well. Her philanthropic work also won her win several accolades. She joined the United Nations in 1991 and had worked for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).