15th death anniversary of the pop queen Nazia Hassan

WEB DESK: Pakistan’s pop queen Nazia Hassan died fifteen years ago from lung cancer at the age of 35. The country mourns her death today.

Fans poured out their love for the legend who transformed pop culture not only in Pakistan but also across the borders. She was the first Pakistani to win FilmFare award for the best playback singing and remains the youngest Pakistani at the age of 15 to win the award till date.

Her contribution to music itself may be minimal but her contribution to breaking the shackles of musical orthodoxy cannot be forgotten. Perhaps unwittingly, she was much more than just a singer.

Nazia was not only a singer, but also a notable humanitarian. She worked as a political analyst for the United Nations in New York and became a cultural ambassador for Pakistan in 1991. She rose to fame by her ever-green song ‘Ap jaisa koi’ later she along with her brother release an album called ‘ Disco Deewana’(1981) followed by Boom Boom, Young Tarang (1984), Hotline (1987) and finally Camera, Camera (1992).

Her songs ‘Dosti’, ‘Disco Deewane’, ‘Aankhen Milane Wale’, ‘Boom Boom’ and ‘Dil ki Lagi’are are timeless. According to an interview with a local newspaper Zoheb Hassan, Nazia’s brother, said that Nazia Hassan wanted to live for her son she wanted to do another album with him.

He said that she kept the family in the dark about her marriage, and never shared what she had to endure till she was finally divorced days before her death.