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Tribute to Nazia Hassan

Nazia Hassan (3 April 1965 – 13 August 2000) was a Pakistani pop singer-songwriter. Starting her music career at the age of 10 she became one of the most prominent singers in Pakistan and India. She has been termed as the "Queen of Pop" in South Asia. She, along with her brother Zoheb Hassan, went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide. Her English language single Dreamer Deewane made her the first Pakistani singer to make it to the British charts. Hassan made her singing debut with the song "Aap Jaisa Koi", from the Indian film Qurbani (1980). Her debut album, Disco Deewane (1981), charted in fourteen countries worldwide and became the best-selling Asian pop record up until that time.  Through her successful singing career spanning over 25 years, Hassan became one of the subcontinent's most popular celebrities. She received numerous national and international awards, and at the age of 15 became the first Pakistani to win the Filmfare Award and remains the youngest recipient of the award till date. Hassan was also a recipient of Pakistan's highest civilian award, Pride of Performance. In addition to singing in films, Hassan also engaged in philanthropic activities, and was appointed by UNICEF as it's cultural ambassador in 1991. Hassan died of lung cancer in London on 13 August 2000 at the age of 35.

 

 


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