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Just when India and Pakistan are opening their hearts to each other, just when the border lines are merging and the exchange across the LOC has begun – here comes another voice from Pakistan – that of Hadiqa Kiani.

There could not have been a better timing for a Pakistani pop singer to launch a new album as the India – Pakistan love affair seems to be only getting better. And if the singer is as promising as Hadiqa, there’s no stopping her from conquering the hearts of the Indian audiences.

Hadiqa got into singing when she was quite young. “My father died when I was just 3 years old. My mother enrolled me along with my brother and sister to the National Council of Arts in Lahore. My passion for singing took birth and grew here. I stated participating in various programmes and competitions and before I knew I was immersed in singing.”

Hadiqa has been quite active in the arts scene since her childhood. She appeared on television in a children's programme called ‘Angan Angan Taare’, conducted by the late musical maestro Khalil Ahmed. She spent three and a half years singing light classical tunes here and this formed most crucial musical training. Hadiqa also used to be the blue-eyed girl of Sohail Rana’s weekly musical ‘Rang Barangi Dunya’.

Never had Hadiqa thought that she would grow up to become one of the best singers in Pakistani pop. “I have had the passion right from the beginning but I never thought I would take it up as a career. Internally I have always felt very satisfied and content while singing. Even though I was not doing it professionally it was always with me and in me. I guess sometimes fate really takes over your life. I was hosting a programme called ‘Video Junction’. That was when I wrote and composed my first melody.”

Hadiqa worked with Adnan Sami on ‘Sargam’ and won many awards for the same. Her debut album ‘Raaz’ sold more than 700,000 copies. She is the first Asian female singer signed by Pepsi Cola International (Second female in the world after Gloria Estefan). In 1995 she won the ‘NTM Viewer’s choice award’ for the best female Singer. In 2000 she won PTV World viewer’s choice award for the best female singer. And these are just the few of her achievements.

Hadiqa is also a livewire on stage with an experience of stage performances right since childhood. She has performed on several international events which include live concerts in USA, Canada, U.K., Middle East, Far East, Australia, Norway, Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey many a times.

After ‘Raaz’ and ‘Roshni’, Hadiqa is back with ‘Rang’. “Yes, the three ‘R’s are on purpose. I am a bit superstitious about it. I chose the name ‘Rang’ because the album has all shades of music in it. Nothing could be more appropriate than that,” she says. ‘Rang’ sees a unique blending of folk with contemporary sounds. “We have tried to incorporate various elements in this album. The base though remains folk.”

You can read the rest of our feature on Hadiqa in the May 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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