Google pays tribute to the late ‘pop queen’ Nazia Hassan on her 53rd birthday

Google pays tribute to the late ‘pop queen’ Nazia Hassan on her 53rd birthday


KARACHI: Pakistan’s ‘pop queen’ and a struggler Nazia Hassan, would have turned 53 today but, as they say the good die young, she passed away on this day 18 years ago after combating cancer.

Even the local Google Doodle has been titivated in honor of her glory, writing that “when young Pakistani girls in the 1980s closed their eyes and clutched a pretend mic in their hands, swaying and singing, a major inspiration was Nazia Hassan”.

Born on April 3, 1965, Nazia came into the spotlight through Pakistan Television’s (PTV) programme Sung Sung and was acclaimed for popularity in no time.

The “Aap Jaisa Koi” — an award-winning single that the Pakistani musical talent sang for Indian movie Qurbaani.

It was merely the beginning for her career.

Nazia Hassan went on to sell over 60 million records worldwide. She bagged a Filmfare Award, becoming the first Pakistani to win the prestigious accolade.

The siblings’ duo released Disco Deewane in 1981.

Nobody could have guessed that a girl who had started her music career at the age of 10 would go on to become one of the most conspicuous female singers of the Indian subcontinent.

“She was the first Pakistani singer to reach the British charts with her English version of ‘Disco Deewane’, called ‘Dreamer Deewane’,” notes the Google Doodle information page.

Pakistan’s contemporary music scene owes a huge debt to the legendary singer, who redefined the country’s pop music.

Nonetheless, the 80s kids remember her songs — such as “Dum Dum Dede” and “Akhein Milane Wale” quite well.

Unfortunately, the game-changing star expired on August 13, 2000, at the young age of 35, in London following a prolonged battle with lung cancer.

NZ was not only blessed with an angelic voice to croon audiences but with an empathetic heart as well. Her philanthropic work also won her win several accolades.

In 1991, she joined the United Nations making use of her law degree and also worked for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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