ghabraaegi zainab-munshi channulal dilgir

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musical rendering by ali haidar

گھبرائے گی زینب ۔ منشی چَنُّو لال دِلگیر

۱

گھبرائے گی زینب

بھیّا تمہیں گھر جا کے کہاں پائے گی زینب

گھبرائے گی زینب

۲

کیسا یہ بھرا گھر ہوا برباد اِلہٰی

کیا آئی تباہی

اب اِس کو نہ آباد کبھی پائے گی زینب

گھبرائے گی زینب

۳

گھر جا کے کسے دیکھے گی قاسم ہیں نہ عباس

اکبر سے بھی ہے یاس

اپنے علی اصغر کو کہاں پائے گی زینب

گھبرائے گی زینب

۴

پوچھیں گے جو سب لوگ کہ بازو پہ ہوا کیا

یہ نیل ہے کیسا

کس کس کو نشاں رسی کے دکھلائے گی زینب

گھبرائے گی زینب

۵

پھٹ جائے گا بس دیکھتے ہی گھر کو کلیجہ

یاد آؤگے بھیّا

دِل ڈھونڈے گا تم کو تو کہاں جائے گی زینب

گھبرائے گی زینب

۶

بے پردہ ہوئی قید بھی خواہر نے اُٹھائی

اور موت نہ آئی

کیا جانئیے کیا کیا ابھی دُکھ پائے گی زینب

گھبرائے گی زینب

धब्राए गि ज़ैनब – मुन्शी चन्नूलाल दिलगीर

धब्राए गि ज़ैनब

भय्या तुम्हें धर जा के कहां पाए गि ज़ैनब

धब्राए गि ज़ैनब

कैसा ये भरा घर हुआ बरबाद इलाही

क्या आई तबाही

अब इस को ना आबाद कभी पाए गी ज़ैनब

घबराए गी ज़ैनब

घर जा के किसे देखे गी क़ासिम हैं ना अब्बास

अक्बर से भी है यास

अपने अली अस्ग़र को कहां पाए गी ज़ैनब

घबराए गी ज़ैनब

पूछें गे जो सब लोग के बाज़ू पे हुआ क्या

ये नील है कैसा?

किस किस को निशां रस्सी के दिखलाए गी ज़ैनब

घबराए गी ज़ैनब

फट जाए गा बस देखते ही घर को कलेजा

याद आओ गे भय्या

दिल ढून्डे गा तुम को तो कहां पाए गी ज़ैनब

घबराए गी ज़ैनब

बे परदा हुई क़ैद भी ख़्वाहर ने उठाई

और मौत ना आई

क्या जानिए क्या क्या अभी दुख पाए गी ज़ैनब

घबराए गी ज़ैनब

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. munshi channulal dilgir (1780-1848), a hindu from lucknow, wrote this nauha, which has become a regular feature on ‘shaam-e GharibaaN’ – the evening after the battle of karbala, as the family faces the full enormity of its loss. I found a reference to channulal dilgir in a book “The Making of Awadh Culture”, by Madhu Trivedi in which he is credited with writing over 500 marsiya. The reference to this goes to an article in the Gazetteer dated 1877.
1
ghabraaye gi zainab
bhaiyya tumheN ghar ja ke kahaaN paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab   
zainab will be agitated and lost
O, brother, where will she find you when she gets home
zainab will be agitated and lost

2
kaisa ye bhara ghar hua barbaad ilaahi
kya aai tabaahi
ab is ko na aabad kabhi paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab   
O, god, how this once bustling house stands empty
visited by destruction
zainab will never find it prospersous again
zainab will be agitated and lost

3
ghar ja ke kise dekhe gi qaasim haiN na abbas
akbar se bhi hai yaas
apne ali asGhar ko kahaaN paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab   
who can she greet when she gets home, neither qaasim nor abbas
she pines for akbar too
where will zainab find her little ali asGhar
zainab will be agitated and lost

4
poochheN ge jo sab log ke bazu pe hua kya
ye neel hai kaisa?
kis kis ko nishaaN rassi ke dikhlaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab   
when people ask, “what happened to your arms,
what is this blue mark”
how will zainab show the bruises of tight ropes
zainab will be agitated and lost

5
phaT jaaye ga bas dekhte hi ghar ko kaleja
yaad aao ge bhaiyya
dil DhoonDe ga tum ko to kahaaN paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab
her heart will break as soon as she get home
she will remember you
not finding you at home, where will zainab go looking
zainab will be agitated and lost

6
be parda hui qaid bhi Khwaahar ne uThaai
aur maut na aai
kya jaaniye kya kya abhi dukh paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab 
put on public display, humiliated and imprisoned
but still living
who knows how much more zainab has to bear
zainab will be agitated and lost

munshi channulal dilgir (1780-1848), a hindu from lucknow, wrote this nauha, which has become a regular feature on ‘shaam-e GharibaaN’ – the evening after the battle of karbala, as the family faces the full enormity of its loss.  I found a reference to channulal dilgir in a book “The Making of Awadh Culture”, by Madhu Trivedi in which he is credited with writing over 500 marsiya.  The reference to this goes to an article in the Gazetteer dated 1877.

1
ghabraaye gi zainab
bhaiyya tumheN ghar ja ke kahaaN paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab

zainab will be agitated and lost
O, brother, where will she find you when she gets home
zainab will be agitated and lost
2
kaisa ye bhara ghar hua barbaad ilaahi
kya aai tabaahi
ab is ko na aabad kabhi paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab

O, god, how this once bustling house stands empty
visited by destruction
zainab will never find it prospersous again
zainab will be agitated and lost
3
ghar ja ke kise dekhe gi qaasim haiN na abbas
akbar se bhi hai yaas
apne ali asGhar ko kahaaN paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab

who can she greet when she gets home, neither qaasim nor abbas
she pines for akbar too
where will zainab find her little ali asGhar
zainab will be agitated and lost
4
poochheN ge jo sab log ke bazu pe hua kya
ye neel hai kaisa?
kis kis ko nishaaN rassi ke dikhlaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab

when people ask, “what happened to your arms,
what is this blue mark”
how will zainab show the bruises of tight ropes
zainab will be agitated and lost
5
phaT jaaye ga bas dekhte hi ghar ko kaleja
yaad aao ge bhaiyya
dil DhoonDe ga tum ko to kahaaN paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab

her heart will break as soon as she get home
she will remember you
not finding you at home, where will zainab go looking
zainab will be agitated and lost
6
be parda hui qaid bhi Khwaahar ne uThaai
aur maut na aai
kya jaaniye kya kya abhi dukh paaye gi zainab
ghabraaye gi zainab

put on public display, humiliated and imprisoned
but still living
who knows how much more zainab has to bear
zainab will be agitated and lost

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