Hadiqa Kiani Biography, Age, Career, Family and Net Worth

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Hadiqa Kiani Biography
Full Name Hadiqa Kiani
Nick Name Hadiqa Kiani
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television presenter, Philanthropist
Genres Pop, folk
Date of Birth August 11, 1974
Birthplace Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Age 49 years
University Kinnaird College for Women University  and Government College University
Education Masters in Psychology
Nationality Pakistani
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Dark Brown
Figure Measurement 34-28-34 Inches
Hobbies Novel writing
Religion Islam
Zodiac/ Star Sign Leo
Gender Female
Height 5 feet, 5 inches
Weight 55 KG
Father’s Name N/A
Mother’s Name Khawar Kiani
Siblings Irfan Kiani and Sasha
Marital Status Divorced
Husband Name Syed Fareed Sarwary
kids Naad-e-Ali
Father-in-Law Name N/A
Sister-in-Law Name N/A
Mother-in-Law Name N/A
Net Worth Approx.  $44.7K – $80.3K.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Introduction

Hadiqa Kiani’s Biography

Hadiqa Kiani is a celebrated Pakistani singer, songwriter, and philanthropist. She was born on August 11, 1974, in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. She is now 49 years old. She has made a significant impact in the music industry both in Pakistan and internationally. She began her career in the early 1990s, hosting a children’s music program on TV and later venturing into playback singing for movies. Her first album, Raaz, released in 1996, was a huge success, and she continued to gain popularity with her subsequent albums. 

Hadiqa Kiani’s Education

She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kinnaird College in Lahore. Following her undergraduate studies, she pursued and completed a master’s degree in Psychology from Government College University, also located in Lahore. This educational journey in psychology complements her artistic endeavours, showcasing her multifaceted talents and interests​​​​.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Family

Hadiqa Kiani family

Hadiqa Kiani’s father passed away when she was just three years old. Her mother, Khawar Kiani, was a significant figure in her life. Khawar was a poet and principal of a government girl’s school. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2022. Hadiqa has an elder brother, Irfan Kiani, and an elder sister, Sasha. Her family has been a central part of her life.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Husband and Son

Hadiqa Kiani’s Husband and Son

She married Syed Fareed Sarwary, a businessman, in 2005, but this marriage also ended in divorce in 2008. Hadiqa has a son named Naad e Ali, whom she adopted following the devastating earthquake of 2005. Her role as a mother to Naad e Ali showcases her compassionate and nurturing side, separate from her successful career in music and acting​​​​​​.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Career

Hadiqa Kiani’s Career

Hadiqa Kiani, in Viqar-un-Nisa Noon Girls High School, represented Pakistan in children’s festivals in countries like Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, and Greece. She won many medals and performed for a lot of people worldwide. She also participated in a kid’s show called Rang Barangi Dunya on Pakistan’s PTV.

After moving from Rawalpindi to Lahore in the eighth grade, Hadiqa kept learning classical music from Ustad Faiyaz Ahmed Khan and Wajid Ali Nashad.  In the early 1990s, Hadiqa hosted a children’s music show on TV called Angan Angan Taray. Over three and a half years, she sang over a thousand songs for kids on this show. She worked with famous music composers like Amjad Bobby and Khalil Ahmed. Because she sang so many songs, she was named an A+ artist by PTV, joining famous singers like Noor Jehan. Hadiqa also worked as a VJ on a Video Junction music program on NTM.

She started singing for movies in the early 90s, too. One of her famous movies was Sargam, composed by Adnan Sami Khan. She won several awards for her singing in movies, including the Nigar Awards for Best Female Playback Singer.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Acting Career

Hadiqa Kiani Acting Career

In January 2021, Hadiqa Kiani announced she would start acting in a TV drama called Raqeeb Se with other actors like Nauman Ijaz. This drama was shown on Hum TV. It was written by Bee Gul and directed by Kashif Nisar. Hadiqa also sang the drama’s theme song, which her mother, Khawar Kiani, wrote. In the drama, she played the main role of Sakina, a mother with a tough life. Her acting was praised a lot. This role brought her awards in acting for the first time, and the drama was seen as one of the best in 2021.

Her second drama, Dobara, started in October 2021. She acted with Bilal Abbas Khan. The drama was written by Sarwat Nazir, directed by Danish Nawaz, and produced by Momina Duraid. It was praised for its story and Hadiqa’s acting as Mehru. The drama was very popular and had high TV ratings.

In December 2021, Hadiqa signed up for her third drama, Pinjra, on ARY Digital. This drama was the last work of Asma Nabeel, who passed away from breast cancer in 2021. It was produced by Shazia Wajahat and Wajahat Rauf and aired in 2022.

Her latest drama, Hadsa (2023), is about Taskeen, a woman who faces a big tragedy. This drama was stopped from airing on Geo TV due to some issues but later started showing again.

Hadiqa Kiani’s TV Dramas/Shows

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Sur Kshetra Jury member Guest
2013–2014 Pakistan Idol Judge
2016 Udaari as a Judge of competition Special appearance
2019–20 Aap Kay Sitaray Host Talk show
2021 Raqeeb Se Sakina Lead
2021–22 Dobaara Mehrunnisa Lead 
2022 Pinjra Khadija Lead
2023 Hadsa Taskeen Lead 

Hadiqa Kiani’s Films

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bol Herself Special appearance in the song “Hona Tha Pyaar” with Atif Aslam

Hadiqa Kiani’s Albums

Hadiqa Kiani Albums

1995: Raaz

In 1995, Hadiqa Kiani was chosen as the Best Female Singer in Pakistan by the viewers of NTM, a TV channel. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was named the Best Male Singer in the same event.

The next year, in 1996, Hadiqa released her first music album called Raaz (which means Secret). This album had many popular songs and got good reviews. People think it did well because not many female singers, especially those not from musical backgrounds, were making albums in Pakistan then. She was the first woman to release a pop music album after another famous singer, Nazia Hassan, stopped her music career. In this album, Hadiqa also sang a well-known Kashmiri folk song, Maane Di Mauj.

Hadiqa’s fame grew even more in January 1997 when she became the first Asian singer to perform on a British TV show, the National Lottery Live on BBC One, which many people watched. After that, she did two more TV shows with Bally Sagoo for BBC and ITV and then went on her first music tour in the United States. During this tour, she performed in 15 states and some cities in Canada. In the same year, she performed in many places like the United Kingdom, Australia, and China. She was the only singer from Pakistan who performed at a big event in Hong Kong called Celebration Hong Kong 97, where she sang with other international artists. This event was to celebrate Hong Kong no longer being a part of the United Kingdom. Hadiqa was the first well-known singer from Pakistan to perform in Hong Kong.

By the end of 1997, Hadiqa made history by becoming the first Asian woman to sign a deal with Pepsi Cola International. She was the second international female artist to do so, after Gloria Estefan.

1998: Roshni

In 1998, Hadiqa Kiani recorded a song for the 1999 Cricket World Cup. This song, sponsored by Pepsi, was called Intehai Shauq. Her mother, Khawar Kiani, wrote it, and Nizar Lalani composed and produced it. Jami and Imran Baber made the music video. The song successfully inspired many people in Pakistan with its powerful images and words.

During the same time as the World Cup, Hadiqa released her second music album Roshni. One of the songs from this album, Dupatta, became very popular. Its music video was inspired by the sci-fi movie The Matrix. This song is known as one of the top 20 pop songs in Pakistan. People liked it because of its mix of bhangra rhythm and modern beats and also because of Hadiqa’s unique singing style.

After Dupatta, Hadiqa released two more songs, Roshni and Woh Kaun Hai. Another song from this album, Boohey Barian, became even more famous than Dupatta and is often considered Hadiqa’s best song.

The Roshni album sold over a million copies in Pakistan, earning a Platinum certification. It’s listed as one of the best local pop albums in Pakistan. Hadiqa was recognised as one of the top female singers because of this album.

Her success led to her being chosen by Unilever to promote Lipton tea in 2001 and Sunsilk shampoo in 2002 after being named the Most Popular Woman of Pakistan in a national survey. In the early 2000s, Hadiqa performed live concerts in many countries including the US, Canada, the UK, and several countries in the Middle East, Far East, Europe, and Australia.

2002: Rung

In September 2002, Hadiqa Kiani released her third music album, Rung. About 10 months later, in June 2003, she started promoting this album. She released a new song called Ranjhan and did many performances and tours in Pakistan. During 2003 and 2004, she released more songs from this album, including Jogi Bun Kay Aa, Mahi, and Dholan.

In the song Jogi Bun Kay Aa, Hadiqa played different roles, such as a traditional Japanese woman, an Arab woman, and a tribal woman. In the music video for Mahi, directed by Asim Raza, she portrayed a vampire. This video was the most expensive one made in 2003. It showed that judging people by their faith or caste is wrong. In 2004, she was awarded the Best Female Pop Singer Award by Indus Music, Pakistan’s first 24-hour music channel. Asim Raza received an award for directing the video for Mahi.

After the release of Rung, Hadiqa was named one of the most influential people in Pakistani pop music. She was ranked ninth in a list of Pakistani Pop’s 10 most Influential Acts Ever. She was one of only two female singers on this list, the other being Nazia Hassan. A magazine in the UK ranked her as the 22nd greatest music maker in South Asia. A few years later, Indian Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur covered Hadiqa’s song Jogi Bun Kay Aa on a popular Indian TV show. Hadiqa’s mother, Khawar Kiani, wrote this song’s lyrics.

2007: Rough Cut

In 2007, Hadiqa Kiani released her fourth album called Rough Cut. This was a special album because it was all in English, a first for a well-known Pakistani artist. She worked on this album with Aamir Zaki.

Before this album came out, Hadiqa and Zaki created an Urdu song named Iss Baar Milo. Humayun Saeed starred with Hadiqa in the music video, directed by Jami. In the video, Hadiqa acted as a patient in a mental hospital. This video was very well received and won an award for Best Video from MTV Pakistan.

The first single from Rough Cut was Living This Lie, released in April 2007. That same week, a newspaper named Hadiqa as the Hotstepper of the week. They said she gives hope to women in the music world. Living This Lie won the award for Best English Song at The Musik Awards in 2007, and Hadiqa was also nominated for Best Female Singer at the same awards.

2009: Aasmaan

In June 2009, Hadiqa Kiani changed to a new music company, Fire Records, and brought out her fifth album called Aasmaan. She sang songs in several languages on this album, including Urdu, Punjabi, Hindko, Pashto, and Persian.

The first song she released from this album was Sohnya. The video for this song came out just before the album was released. It became popular and stayed in the top 10 charts for over a month. This led to Hadiqa being named Artist of the Month by Aag10.

The album Aasmaan was very successful and stayed at the top of the charts for the whole year in INSTEP Magazine. By the end of 2009, it was chosen as the Best Album of the Year because many people bought it, liked it, and downloaded it from the internet.

All the songs from Aasmaan did really well. Sohnya stayed at number one for a long time and was called the best pop song of 2009. Other songs like Tuk Tuk and Az Chashme Saqi also reached number one on different TV charts.

In February 2010, Hadiqa released a new song called Janan, where she sang with Irfan Khan, a Pashto singer. This song became very famous, even more than some of her other big hits. It was so popular that the Los Angeles Times wrote about it, saying everyone in Pakistan was listening to it. Hadiqa sang this song in Pashto, which made it special. People started calling her Hadiqa Pathani because she sang a Pashto song even though she is Punjabi. This song helped make Pashto culture more popular in Pakistan, with girls wearing Pashto dresses like Hadiqa and other singers starting to sing in Pashto too. Janan was even covered by international singers, including a Chinese singer at a big event in 2014, showing how much people around the world liked it.

2017: WAJD

In 2017, Hadiqa Kiani and her brother created a special album called Wajd. This album had five folk songs in it and many people really liked it. Because of this album, Hadiqa won her first Album of the Year award at the Lux Style Awards in 2018. During the time this album was popular, Hadiqa’s unique fashion style was talked about a lot in the news. She was named the Most Stylish Singer at the Hum Style Awards in 2018. Her fashion choices also made her a favourite for big fashion brands like Generation and Bonanza, and she inspired fashion designers like Ali Xeeshan.

2022: VASL

In 2022, Hadiqa Kiani released a new album named VASL. This album included new versions of songs from her first album, Raaz. There were three main songs in VASL, and each one was praised a lot. The album became famous internationally when Spotify, a big music streaming service, featured it on their Equal Platform. This led to Hadiqa being showcased on a big billboard in Times Square, New York City.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Notable Performances

Hadiqa Kiani’s Career

In 2005, Hadiqa Kiani was chosen by Pakistan’s government to represent the country. She performed in many places for important people. On August 11, 2005, she sang in Japan for their Prime Minister, Mr. Junichirō Koizumi. Then, she sang in Toronto, Canada, on August 14 and Houston, Texas, on August 13, where over 15,000 people came. An important American politician, Sheila Jackson Lee, was there too. Later, on August 18, she sang in New York at the Mets Shea Stadium, and on August 28, at a parade in New York.

In October 2005, Hadiqa sang in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur at a big event. Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Mr. Shaukat Aziz, was there. She even sang a song in Malay to honour the Malaysian people.

Hadiqa represented Pakistan in Turkey at a big event for Islamic countries. She sang at the AKM Opera House in Istanbul on November 23, 2005. The audience was amazed when she sang a Turkish song. She said she wanted to show Pakistan’s love for Turkey.

In 2006, she performed for the Chinese Premier and then for President George W. Bush in March. President Bush praised her talent. Later, she sang for the Crown Prince of Brunei.

In 2006, Hadiqa performed at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., upon Laura Bush’s request. She also sang for Prince Charles and Camilla from the UK and again in China for the Chinese president.

In 2007, Hadiqa sang in Jordan for many leaders at the World Economic Forum. She also performed an Arabic song. In August, she sang in London for Pakistan’s 60th Independence Day and closed the event with Ali Zafar.

Hadiqa kept singing in Pakistan for events and companies like Pepsi and Samsung. In 2016, she sang at a sports event in Pakistan. At the end of the year, she performed at Lahore Fort for the Turkish President, noted as a great performance.

In 2022, Hadiqa performed at Expo 2020 in Dubai, representing Pakistan. Her performance was a highlight of the Expo. She toured the Pakistan Pavilion and expressed the need to show Pakistan’s rich culture to the world.

Philanthropy and Social Causes

In March 2007, Hadiqa Kiani was part of a popular song called Yeh Hum Naheen, which included other Pakistani artists like Ali Zafar. This song was against terrorism and tried to change how people think about Pakistanis. It was noticed by international media and had many downloads.

In August 2010, after the big floods in Pakistan, Hadiqa and her siblings worked with the Pakistan Army to help the flood victims. They gave them clothes, food, water, and shelter. Hadiqa also asked for donations on a TV show called Pukaar. She went to different flood areas to give out the supplies.

In November 2010, the United Nations Development Programme made Hadiqa their Goodwill ambassador because of her help to people. She built houses in Nowshera for flood victims, completing over 250 houses.

In early 2015, Hadiqa joined a project called Pond’s Miracle Mentors to support strong women in Pakistan. Later, she talked about women in leadership at the Women Leadership Summit 2015 with other successful women. Hadiqa works with many charities like the Edhi Foundation, SOS Villages, and UNICEF. She has also been an ambassador for other organizations like Shaukat Khanum and Oxfam International.In November 2015, Hadiqa spoke at TEDxKinnaird about women’s roles in Pakistani society.

In 2016, after working on a project called Udaari, which was about child abuse, Hadiqa spoke out against joking about this issue.

In July 2017, she worked with Nestlé on projects for early childhood development.

In August 2022, Hadiqa started a project called Vaseela-e-Raah to help flood victims in Balochistan and South Punjab. She provided food, tents, and medical supplies. She stressed doing this as her duty as a Pakistani citizen.

By March 1, 2023, Hadiqa had built 100 homes, a maternity centre, a school, and a store in Balochistan. By September 28, 2023, she had built 370 homes, mosques, and other facilities in the flood-affected areas. She then focused on clean water and solar panels for sustainable recovery.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Awards And Nominations

Hadiqa Kiani’s Awards And Nominations

Year Category Notes Result
Nigar Awards
1995 Best Playback Singer Sargam Won
Waheed Murad Award
1995 Best New Talent Won
Best Singer (Female) T.V. Won
NTM Awards
1995 Best Female Singer by Viewers Choice Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan awarded Best Male Singer at same show. Won
Pakistan Music Industry Awards
1996 Best Female Singer Won
Best Selling Album Raaz Won
PTV Awards
2000 Best Female Singer Won
2010 Honoured for contributions to PTV and to Pakistani music Honoured
Indus Music Awards
2004 Best Female Singer Won
2005 Best Female Singer Won
Women’s Excellence Awards
2005 Excellence in Pop & Light Music Won
Government of Pakistan
2006 Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) Awarded
The Musik Awards
2008 Best English Song Living This Lie feat. Amir Zaki Won
Most Wanted Female Won
Aag TV
2009 Artist of the Month Won
Pakistan Style Awards
2010 Stylish Singer Female Won
MTV Pakistan Awards
2009 Best Video Iss Baar Milo (Awarded to Director, Jami) Won
2012 Best Music Act Nominated
Best Song of the Year Dil Janiya from Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol Nominated
2009 Best Female Singer Won
Brit Asia Music Awards
2010 Best Female Act Nominated
Best International Act Nominated
Indus Style Awards
2010 Most Innovative Singer Won
Most Stylish Female Pop Singer Won
Lux Style Awards
2002 Best Live Act N/A Nominated
2012 Song of the Year Hona Tha Pyar feat. Atif Aslam Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Bol Soundtrack Nominated
2017 Best Original Soundtrack Udaari (Hum TV) Nominated
2018 Album of the Year WAJD Won
2022 Best Emerging Talent – Critics Choice Raqeeb Se Won
2022 Best TV Actress – Critics Choice Raqeeb Se Won
2023 Best TV Actress – Critics Choice Dobara (TV Series) Nominated
Big Apple Music Awards
2014 Best Female Singer of Pakistan Won
2015 Best Female Singer of Pakistan Won
Most Popular Female Singer (International) First Pakistani singer ever to be nominated in this category. Nominated
2016 Best Female Singer of Pakistan Won
Pakistan Media Awards
2010 Best Female Singer Nominated
2014 Best Drama Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Nominated
HUM Awards
2013 Best Solo Artist Nominated
2014 Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Won
2017 Best Original Soundtrack Sajna ve Sajna – Udaari Nominated
2022 Best New Sensation (Female) Raqeeb Se Won
International Dynamic Women’s Day Award
2015 The Dynamic Award Won
Daily Times Pakistan
2015 Pride of Pakistan Awarded
Hum Style Awards
2018 Most Stylish Performer – Female Won
IDEAS Pakistan
2018 Icon Singer of the Year Won
International Shaan-e-Pakistan Music Awards (SEPMA)
2020 Best TVC Won
Hello! Pakistan Annual Awards
2021 Acting Debut Award (Female)  Awarded for role as Sakina in Raqeeb Se Won
Eastern Eye
2021 Top Global 50 Asian Celebrities  Placed number 30. Awarded
2022 Top Global 50 Asian Celebrities  Placed number 40.  Awarded
2023 Top Global 50 Asian Celebrities  Placed number 38. Awarded
Fuchsia Awards
2021 Best Debut (Female)  Awarded for her performance in Hum TV’s Raqeeb Se as Sakina. Won|
Government College University
2022 Lifetime Achievement Award  Recognized for contributions to music and philanthropy. Awarded
People’s Choice Awards 2023
2023 Best Female Singer For song Jani Door Gaye Won|

Hadiqa Kiani’s Net Worth

Hadiqa Kiani’s Net Worth

Hadiqa Kiani has an estimated net worth ranging between approximately $44.7K and $80.3K. This financial valuation reflects her success and impact in the music industry, her ventures in philanthropy, and her various engagements in media and endorsements. Her net worth is a testament to her hard work and dedication across different aspects of her career.

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Is Hadiqa Kiani still married?

Hadiqa Kiani married Syed Fareed Sarwary, a businessman from Afghanistan who lived in the UK. In 2008, they got divorced .

What did Hadiqa Kiani do?

In 2010, Hadiqa Kiani was the first woman in Pakistan to be named a Goodwill Ambassador to the UN. The only singer from Pakistan who can sing in a lot of different languages, including all of Pakistan's regional languages and even some foreign languages, like French.

How old is Hadiqa Kiani?

She was born on August 11, 1974 in Rawalpindi. She is now 49 years old.

Did Hadiqa Kiani adopt a child?

Hadiqa Kiani is a mother to one son. She adopted her son Nad e Ali after the Kashmir earthquake and she is a lovely mom.

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