People Remember Nazia Hassan on Her 20th Death Anniversary

She is still alive in our hearts.

13th August 2020 marks the 20th death anniversary of music icon and legend Nazia Hassan.

Nazia Hassan was born on 3rd April 1965 un Karachi. She began her singing career in the late 1970s when she became a child star on several PTV shows.

It was her lead vocals in Aap Jaisa Koi Nahin at the tender age of 15 for the 1980 Indian film Qurbani that kickstarted her professional career. in 1981. She ended up winning a Filmfare award for the song.


In the same year, she also became the first playback singer to release an album after her first one, Disco Deewane. Her second album Star/Boom Boom was released in 1982 and used as a soundtrack in the movie star.

Not one to let anything slow her down, the enigmatic Nazia Hassan went on to release a total of 5 albums. Her third album Young Tarang – released 1984 – sold 40 million copies and went on to set the record of the most selling video album of all time.

Nazia s fourth album‚  Hotline  was released in 1987. In 1988‚ Nazia and her brother Zoheb appeared with music expert Sohail Rana in his television program‚ Sung Sung.

In the following year‚ Nazia and Zoheb hosted the groundbreaking show Music 89. Nazia hosted another show‚ Dhanak on PTV in the same year‚ 1989.

In 1991‚ Nazia and her brother Zoheb recorded fifth album‚  Camera Camera. The album was released in 1992.

Nazia passed away on August 13 2000, due to lung cancer. The Government of Pakistan has conferred upon Nazia Hassan the highest civilian award  Pride of Performance .

Written by Anmol Irfan

Anmol is a freelance writer and journalist. She is also a supporter of women empowerment, accessible education and mental health awareness. She has a BA in history from the London School of Economics.


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