Does a tragic and untimely death make a person a legend? Why do we use words so carelessly? I clearly recall Nazia Hassan and her voice. She died young and it is truly nice to know that her parents have set up a foundation in her memory to promote causes that were dear to her. In the report she is referred to as a “singing legend”.
She had a fan following and was most certainly talented, but we need to keep in mind that beyond the skills, she did not reach the core of hearts. Perhaps it was the songs – they were more of the Boom Boom variety…but like any pop diva her shelf life would have been restricted. Death unfortunately has catapulted her into a hall of fame.
Here she is in a mellower mood:
Sun, mere mehboob sun - Nazia Hassan
Comparisons, as everyone tells us, are odious. So, I shall refrain. But if you want legend, then watch this:
Aaye kuchch abr kuchch charaag aaye - Begum Akhtar