Nazia Hassan was a Pakistani pop singer, songwriter, social activist and lawyer. She started her Music career at the age of 10 and became one of the most famous singers in Both Pakistan and India. Google Doodle is celebrating her 53rd birth anniversary.
She had a widespread popularity across South and Southeast Asia and was termed as Queen of Pop. She made her debut with the song "Aap Jaisa Koi" in the film Qurbani (1980) and her first album was " Disco Deewane" (1981).
Nazia along with her brother Zoheb Hussain went to sell over 65 million records worldwide. She was the first Pakistani singer to make to the British chart through her English language single "Dreamer Deewane".
Hassan was born in 1965 in Karachi and was brought up in Karachi and London. In 1991, she completed her Bachelors in Business Administration and economics in London and became an intern at the Women's International Leadership program at UN. She worked for United Nations Security Council after that she pursued her Law degree (LLB) from London University.
In 1995, she was married to Mirza Ishtiaq Baig in Karachi after she was diagnosed with cancer. They had a son Arez Hassan born in 1997.
Nazia fought a long battle with cancer and died of lung cancer at the age of 35 in London on 13th August 2000.
She established the organization BAN (Battle against narcotics) and was an active member of other organization such a National Youth Organization and Voice of Women.
India Today Magazine voted Nazia in one of the top 50 people who contribute to change the face of India.
She has conferred the highest civilian award of Pakistan, Pride of Performance by the government of Pakistan in 2002.
In 2007, Ahmad Haseeb made a documentary "A Music Fairy" in order to pay tribute to Nazia Hassan. She was named as one of the 11 female pioneers of Pakistan by ARY News in 2014.
She is the symbol of sacred beauty, grace, and innocence and is known by the name "Sweetheart of Pakistan".