A girl named Nazia

By Anis Shakur
Sunday – December 15, 2019
NEW YORK (United States): The news of the death of pop star Nazia Hasan on Sunday, August 13, 2000, spread like wildfire. Within seconds, the Internet, newspapers and the rest of the news media around the globe were flashing the news of her final journey.

Amidst the sobs and tears, almost everyone had one thing in mind, i.e., “Almighty God” had showered Nazia with all the bounties, except length of age.

Born in a well to do, enlightened family in 1965, she had shown an aptitude for music from her earlier days.

As a young child, she frequently appeared in Pakistani television's music program for children, called “Sung Sung". Sohail Rana was the lead person of that show.

Her father Baseer and her mother Muneeza took great interest in the upbringing and education of Nazia and her younger brother, Zohaib.

Both of these gifted kids were admitted to school in London, where they received education as well as lessons in music.

In 1978, in England, thirteen-year-old Nazia recorded a song "Aap jaisa koi meri zindigi mein Aaye, to baath bun jaaye" (the film: Qurbani, music: Biddu, lyrics: Indeevar, pictured on Zeenat Aman).

“Aap jaisa koi” is perhaps one of the greatest achievements of Nazia. Hence, a milestone in her music career.

In 1979, both Nazia and Zohaib came out with their first music album “Disco Deewanay,” which happened to be a remarkable collection of pop songs.

She became the heartthrob of teenagers with songs like:

Komal, boom boom, Dum dum, dee dee, Aaona pyar karain.

Nazia was married to an entrepreneur, Ishtiaq Baig, in 1995, with whom she had a son, Areez, in 1997.She had been battling against cancer since 1996 and eventually succumbed to it on Sunday morning. She was only 35 years old.

An admirer of Nazia had confided in me the other day: “How could this happen to such a decent girl, with a sweet voice, who had brought happiness to the lives of millions of music lovers around the world. Oh God, why Nazia?”

“Nazia had, indeed, walked all the steps, that had been ordained for her by an authority, which is greater than any human agency,” I answered calmly.

Info: Eminent storyteller, Anis Shakur, is a Pakistani born United States (US) citizen. He works for the US federal and State government. He resides at a stone-throw distance from the darting shores of the Atlantic ocean in New York, for the past three decades.