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Hadiqa Kiani (Urdu: حدیقہ کیانی) born on the 11th of August 1974 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan but grew up in Lahore. She is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, model and philanthropist first noted in 1995 with her debut album Raaz and later was nominated and won numerous awards in Pakistan as well as internationally. Since then she has released five albums, was named Best Pop Female Singer in Pakistan, and in 2009, she became a judge on the Pakistani reality television shows Pakistan Idol and LG, Awaaz Banay Star. She was the third child of three born to her mother, Khawar. When she was three years old, her father died from natural causes, and the family were left to fend for themselves. Her mother began working as the principal of a government all-girls school while Kiani and her older siblings were growing up. After her father's death and the resulting loss of financial support, the family had to use the school as a temporary home. Kiani and both of her siblings had a talent for music, and so her mother enlisted her in the Pakistan National Council of the Arts.
At an early age, she began showing an interest in singing and music. While living in Rawalpindi, she went on to study at Viqar-un-Nisa Noon Girls High School. She represented Pakistan in International Childrens Festivals in Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, and Greece where she won various medals. She also used to be on Sohail Rana's Rang Barangi Dunya - a weekly musical show for children. The family moved to Lahore when she was in the eighth grade. She enrolled at Kinnaird College and due to her exceptional academic performance, she earned a Masters degree in Psychology, but Kiani still dreamed to become an singer and signed with Lips Records in 1994. Kiani began recording her debut album in late 1994 and the album entitled Raaz was released in mid-1995. Kiani had written, composed and produced most of the songs for the album while recording in Karachi Studios. The first single of the album Jeevan, for which she wrote the lyrics, was released alongside the album. The album spawned a string of radio hits and generally had positive reviews. Kiani became the second female singer after legendary Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan to join the Pakistani pop music industry. After two years, the album had sold over 700,000 copies domestically, while boosting that to over 1 million copies worldwide. Kiani released her second single Yaad, following the success of her first single. The single was well-received, though was not a big seller, unlike her first single.
In 1998 Kiani began working on her second album, Roshni (English: Light). The album was dedicated to her nephew Sonu, as she always takes good care of her nephew and considers him a significant person in her life. The first single from the album, "Tu Nawa Tu Sada" was released before the album was released. Kiani then released a second single, "Inteha-e-Shauq". It was designated the official theme song for the Pakistani Cricket team for the Cricket World Cup that year. Both songs, being patriotic, gained favorable reviews, however "Inteha-e-Shauq" was much more successful for Kiani. On 1 November 1998 Kiani released `Roshni'. Initial album sales were powered mostly by "Inteha-e-Shauq", which made the final listing of the album along with "Tu Nawa Tu Sada". Kiani's third single from the album, "Dupatta" was an instant success. Its video was inspired by the sci-fi film The Matrix and was the highest-budget video in Pakistan in 1999. "Dupatta" also gained more popularity than any other single Kiani had released before from her debut single. The song is also listed in the Twenty Best Pop Songs Ever for Pakistan, where it is positioned at number 15. In the wake of Dupatta's success Kiani soon went on to be widely accepted as the country's leading female vocalist. Her success in 1999 was highlighted when she won the PTV World Viewer's Choice Award for the best female singer in 2000. She also released a seventh single from the album, "Intezaar". "Roshni" sold over a million copies in Pakistan alone. The album is listed in "The 20 Best Local Pop Albums Ever" for the country, also positioned at number 15. Kiani's success got her signed by UniLever for a celebrity endorsement of Liptons Yellow Label in 2001. In 2002, she was signed again by UniLever for Sunsilk Shampoo. Throughout 2001 and 2002, she performed live concerts in US, Canada, United kingdom, Middle East, Far East, Australia, Norway, Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Kiani released her third album Rung (English: Colors) in September 2002, for which she'd chosen the album title herself. Prior to Rung's release, Kiani sang an OST for a drama called Cheray. The song also made the final listing on Rung. The first single released from Rung was "Yaad Sajan", which was produced by Shani Haider. The song, an instant hit, propelled the album's sales throughout August and September of 2002. It was not as successful as "Dupatta" or "Boohey Barian", but it was well-recieved. While Kiani released multiple videos for her previous albums within months after the albums' being released, she did not do so with Rung because of personal issues. Problems within Kiani's marriage caused her to stay out of the spotlight for the rest of 2002 and early 2003. Rung's sales slowly declined since no other single had been released after it. Kiani's divorce was finalized in March 2003, and after that she decided to take a few months off from her musical career. As a result, Rung's sales stalled. She returned to promote the album in June 2003, almost 10 months after she'd released "Yaad Sajan" with a new single "Ranjhan" and several stage performances and tours around the country. She then released other singles off the album throughout 2003 and 2004. These included "Jogi Bun Kay Aa", "Mahi", and "Dholan". The videos for Kiani's newer singles improved drastically and Kiani played various female roles in them, including a traditional Japanese, an Arab, and a tribal woman, as well as playing a vampire in her video for "Mahi". The video showed that it is harmful to judge people of different faiths and castes, and also that it is bad to stereotype people. It was the highest budgeted video of the year 2003. Despite the setback from her divorce, Kiani's album sales picked up through 2003 and 2004. In 2004, she received the Best Female Pop Singer Award by Indus Music, the first 24 hour music channel of Pakistan and Asim Raza won an award for best video for directing her video for Mahi.
Kiani continued to release new albums and her increasing popularity was further highlighted in 1997 when Kiani became the first Asian singer ever to perform on the British National Lottery Live BBC1 - with an estimated viewership 16.6 million. Later on she worked on two more shows with Bally Sagoo for BBC 2 and ITV before moving to perform in the US. Her US tour covered 15 states and a show in Canada. The same year Kiani performed on several other international events such as Celebration Hong Kong 97", alongside other singers like Lisa Stansfield, Wet Wet Wet, Michael Learns to Rock, All-4-One and The Brand New Heavies. By the end of the year she became the first Asian female singer ever to be signed by Pepsi Cola International. She is also the second female in the world to ever achieve this, with the first being Gloria Estefan. On the 11th of August 2005, Kiani performed in Nagoya for the Prime Minister of Japan Mr.Junichiro Koizumi. Kiani was invited to perform in Toronto on the 14th of August 2005 by The Pakistani Consulate. She performed in Houston on the 13th of August 2005. The show was at Sam Houston Race Park, and it was attended by over 15,000 people. Chief guest of the show was Sheila Jackson Lee who is a member of the US House of Representatives. Kiani was asked to take out the lucky draws of PIA and she announced the names of the lucky winners. She then performed in Shea Stadium in New York on the 18th of August 2005. She also performed at the Pakistan Day Parade in New York on the 28th of August 2005. She then performed in Malaysia on the 2nd of October 2005 at the newly built Convention Centre in Kualalampur. The Honorary Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr.Shaukat Aziz was the chief guest of the show.
The show was part of Expo 2005 in Malaysia. Important business and political personalities from both countries attended the show where she sang a Malay song, not a Pakistani song. Kiani represented Pakistan on the 25th Anniversary of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) in Turkey. Islamic countries such as Azerbaijan, U.A.E, Iran, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Turkey, Pakistan and Yemen took part in the celebrations. Kiani performed in China for the Chinese 2nd Premier on the 21th of February 2006. She performed for President George W.Bush on the 4th of March 2006. Commenting on her performance, Bush said he liked her accent and wanted her to perform in the US. She performed for the Crown Prince of Brunei Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah on the 29th of May 2006. She performed for Mrs. Laura Bush on the 21st of September 2006 at The Kennedy Convention Centre in Washington, D.C.. She closed the year by performing for HRH Prince Charles on the 30th of October 2006, and the Chinese President on the 23rd of November 2006.
On the 23rd of March 2006, Kiani was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, one of the highest civil awards of the country, in acknowledgement of her services in the field of music and for shining an encouraging light on the country for over a decade. The award was announced on the 14th of August 2005 but the ceremony was performed on the 23rd of March of the next year.
Kiani works with Edhi Foundation and is involved with many charities, including Muslim Hands. In August 2010, Kiani and her siblings worked with local Pakistanis to donate clothing, water, food and shelter to the flood victims of Pakistan. Kiani also appeared in Geo Tv's Telethon Pukaar along with pop star Ali Zafar to appeal for donations. In collaboration with Pakistan Army, Kiani made visits to Multan Relief Camp, Basti Kalraywala, Muzaffarabad and other flood hit areas, personally distributing goods to the victims. On the 8th of November 2010 Kiani was appointed the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Goodwill ambassador. At the moment Hadiqa is busy helping construct housing facilities in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Nowshera is one of the worst flood hit areas in the country. On the 17th of October 2010, Kiani released her first single for Pakistan Flood's victims called "Aasmaan". It was an adaptation of legendary Turkish singer Sezen Aksu's song "Sanalama" and the video featured Kiani's visits to various flood hit areas. Hadiqa also joined an organisation called Superstars for Flood Relief later on, which aims to get Pakistani and International stars on board to help create awareness of the devastating floods and motivate more people to come forth and donate. Living legend Abida Parveen has been part of this organisation since the very beginning. Other bands and stars like Strings, Zeb and Haniya, Laal, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Pop Star turned Nasheed singer Junaid Jamshed have also joined the cause.
In May 2012, Hadiqa Kiani was chosen as the brand ambassador of leading clothing brand Quiz Pakistan. In September 2012, She appeared as guest judge on the show Sur Kshetra. In 2012, Hadiqa performed at Coke Studio Sessions along with artists like Bohemia, Atif Aslam, Hamayoon Khan, Qayaas and many other successful musicians. May the 13th, 2012, Hadiqa Kiani performed "Kamlee" a rendition of Sufi poetry by Bulleh Shah in Episode 1. Kamlee, a piece of Sufi poetry written by the renowned 17th century Punjabi poet, Bulleh Shah. The poetry discusses conscience, strengths and weaknesses. The song explores humanity "in a world of materialism and artificiality, with little understanding of the real truth. On June 10th, 2012, she performed "Rung" at Coke Studio Episode 3. Both Kamlee and Rung received great appreciation and positive reviews from the music critics.
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