Right from the great Mehdi Hasan to Salma Agha, and in recent years Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Zafar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Atif Aslam, and Ghulam Ali, the seasoned Pakistani artists have enjoyed loads of success and love from the Indian audience.

The bunch of contemporary Pakistani artists has taken the cultural bonding between the two to a new height. But it was a teen sensation, discovered by the well-known Indian producer, director, and actor Feroz Khan, who came across the 15 years young Nazia Hassan at a get-together in London. Khan was looking for a new voice for his in-production movie Qurbani and hence asked Nazia to have an audition with Biddu, the Grammy winner music director, and composer.

Nazia impressed one and all and became an overnight sensation post the release of Aap Jaisa Koi (Qurbani, 1980) which was a massive hit across the subcontinent and overseas as well. The song was recorded in London and was the first Hindi song to be recorded on 24 tracks.

Nazia Hassan became a teenage sensation with the massive success of both the movie and her song. Nazia went on to spellbound the audience with her raw, soprano voice.  She became the first Pakistani singer to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback for Aap Jaisa Koi.

Nazia’s debut album Disco Deewane (1981) was an instant hit. It charted in 14 countries and became the best-selling Asian pop record of that time.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan on April 3, 1965, the pop singer started her music career at the age of 10. One of the most prominent singers of her generation, she has been hailed as Queen of Pop. Nazia, along with her brother Zoheb Hassan, went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide.  Her songs not only rocked South Asia but also landed in Europe chartbuster lists. Her English song Dreamer Deewane was highly appreciated in Britain.

Her other blockbuster songs are Boom Boom (movie-Star , 1982), Young Tarang (1984), and Hotline, her last solo album (1987). Nazia’s last album was Camera Camera (1992) which was a part of a campaign against drugs.

Ruling the roost for over 25 long years, Nazia Hassan received numerous national and international awards. She was a laureate of Pakistan's highest civilian award, Pride of Performance and was also appointed by UNICEF as it's goodwill ambassador for Children's Rights in 1991. She died of lung cancer in London on 13 August 2000 at the age of 35.

Written by Raju Kumar/JPN

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