Hadiqa Kiani (Urdu: حدیقہ کیانی ) is a Pakistani singer, songwriter, and philanthropist. She has received numerous local and international awards and also has performed at the most prestigious venues in the world, including Royal Albert Hall and The Kennedy Center.
In 2006, Kiani received the highest Pakistan civilian award, the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, for her contributions to the field of music.In 2010, she was appointed as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill ambassador, making her the first woman in Pakistan to a Goodwill ambassador to the United Nations.
In 2016, Kiani was titled as one “Pakistan’s Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the country’s leading news group, Jang Group of Newspapers, as part of their “Power” edition.
Kiani was born in Rawalpindi as the youngest of 3 siblings, her older brother (Irfan Kiani) and sister (Sasha). Her father died when she was 3 years old. Her mother, poet Khawar Kiani, was the principal of a government girls’ school. Seeing her musical ability, Khawar enlisted Kiani in the Pakistan National Council of the Arts. She received early education in music from her teacher, Madam Nargis Naheed.
While studying at Viqar-un-Nisa Noon Girls High School, Kiani represented Pakistan at international children festivals in Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, and Greece, winning various medals along the way and performing for thousands around the world. Kiani was also a part of Sohail Rana’s children’s program “Rang Barangi Dunya,” a weekly musical on PTV.
As an eighth grader, Kiani moved from her birthplace Rawalpindi to Lahore where she continued her classical training by Ustad Faiz Ahmed Khan and Wajid Ali Nashad. Kiani went on to graduate from Pakistan’s top institutions, earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kinnaird College for Women University and her Masters in Psychology from the historic Government College University (Lahore).
In the early 1990s, Kiani came onto TV to host a children’s music program called “Angan Angan Taray”. In the three and a half year long run, she had sung over one thousand songs for children while hosting the show alongside renowned music composer Amjad Bobby and later on with music composer Khalil Ahmed. Due to the sheer amount of songs Kiani sang during this program, she was presented with the title of “A+ artist” on behalf of PTV joining the likes of Noor Jehan, Naheed Akhtar, and Mehnaz. Kiani also appeared as a VJ for a music charts program called Video Junction on NTM.
Kiani began to sing songs as a playback singer for movies in the early 90s, most notably was the hit Pakistani movie called Sargam, which was starring and being composed by Adnan Sami Khan. The same year, she received various awards for her playback singing including the prestigious Nigar Awards for Best Female Playback Singer.
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