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Ae chaand ki zebaayi

Posted on: March 2, 2013


“Chhoti Si mulaaqaat” (1967) was a production of “Our Movies”, Calcutta. It was produced by Uttam Kumar and directed by Alo Sarkar. The movie had Uttam Kumar, Vyjyanti Mala, Tarun Bose, Shashikala, Rajendra Nath, Pratima Devi, Veena, Badri Prasad, Sulochana Chatterjee, B B Bhalla, Radheshyam, S Hussan, Vishi Kapoor, Ratan Gaurang, Praveen Paul, Sundeep, Pinky etc in it.

As many as five songs from this movie have been discussed in the past. Here is the sixth song from the movie. This song is sung by Rafi and it is picturised as a boat song on Uttam Kumar and Vyjyanti Mala. Hasrat Jaipuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Atif M.

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Song-Ae chaand ki zebaayi (Chhoti Si Mulaaqaat)(1967) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics(Provided by Atif M)

ae chaand ki zebaayi
tu jhool ja baanhon mein
madhosh bahaaren bhi
lene lagin angdaayi
ae chaand ki zebaayi
tu jhool ja baanhon mein
madhosh bahaaren bhi
lene lagin angdaayi
ae chaand ki zebaayi

jalne de mere dil ko
rukhsaar ke sholon mein
jalne de mere dil ko
rukhsaar ke sholon mein
aata hai nasha humdum
maujon ke jhakolon mein
paagal kiye deti hai
mehki huyi tanhaayi
madhosh bahaaren bhi
lene lagin angdaayi
ae chaand ki zebaayi

daaman na bacha mujh se
daaman se lipatne de
daaman na bacha mujh se
daaman se lipatne de
aanchal ki yeh deewaaren
girti hain to girne de
jooda jo khula tera
khushboo si chali aayi
madhosh bahaaren bhi
lene lagin angdaayi
ae chaand ki zebaayi

jis haath ko thhaama hai
woh haath na chhodoonga
jis haath ko thhaama hai
woh haath na chhodoonga
kitne bhi janam le lo
main saath na chhodoonga
sadiyon se main tera hoon
ae jaan-e-tamannaayi
madhosh bahaaren bhi
lene lagin angdaayi
ae chaand ki zebaayi
tu jhool ja baanhon mein
madhosh bahaaren bhi
lene lagin angdaayi
ae chaand ki zebaayi

14 Responses to "Ae chaand ki zebaayi"

Oh I love this song immensely. It is very very melodious, and I like the words too. I did not like the movie entirely, but it was strictly ok types.

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What does “zebaayi” mean in the song ?

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I think ,not 100 percent sure,ZEBAAYEE,means CHAAND KE JAISI ROSHAN,its pure urdu word,Hasratji always used to use urdu words
very very appropriatelly.Urdu word has its own charm to speak and understand,I remember Writer Gulzaarji had impressed HEMAMALINI by using urdu words,in early 70s.I always liked this song ,which is full of masti,and admiration of female lover.One more information I would like to share in late 60s Shankar Jaikishan did use of MUSIGUN,a instrument like piano,which was played by Mr.Bipin Reshamiya father of Himesh Reshamiya,this song and many songs has same instrument,like chake pe chakka,from Brahamchari 1968.panchhi re o panchhi,frm Hare kaanch ki chudiyan,1966 etc etc.

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I think it means the beauty of the moon. O beauty of the moon.

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I think that zebaai may have been derived from “Zeba”. Zeba means beautiful.

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Haan.

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Atul ji,

The Urdu word is ‘zebaa’ish’, and its meaning is ‘adornment, decoration’. Something that increases the beauty and the attractiveness.

So the phrase ‘chaand ki zebaayi’ means something that adorns and decorates even the moon, and increases its beauty and attractiveness. An epithet that would mean to say, ‘chaand ko bhi chaar chaand lagaana’. The gentleman is praising the beauty of the lady that it even adds to the beauty of the moon.

The poet has exercised some poetic license in using the word ‘Zebaa’ish’ as ‘Zebaayi’, I am sure in collaboration with the music director, to ensure the correct metre and rhyme and the tune. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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ZEBAAYI:

meaning in English: beauty, gracefulness, elegance

meaning in Urdu/ Hindi: husn, khoobsurati, khushnumaayi, khoobi, taz’een-o-aaraaish, aaraastagi

synonyms: zeenat, ra’naayi, aaraaish

Sudhir ji, both the words Zebaayi and Zebaaish are standard, prevalent and accepted. Don’t think any licence or liberty was used to accommodate it.

Zebaayi = Zeba + eey

The ‘eey’ is an adjectival suffix. Just like,

Aashna ———> Aashnaayi
Reh-numa ———-> Reh-numaayi
Naghma-sara ——–> Naghma-saraayi
Khush-numa ——-> Khush-numaayi

A quote from late Parveen Shakir’s celebrated work ‘Khushboo’:

theherti hi nahin aankhen, jaanaan!
teri tasveer ki zebaayi par,

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Atif ji

Yes, I agree, and I stand corrected.
You have explained it correctly.

Thanks and rgds
Sudhir

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There is an hindi equivalent of the urdu word ‘zeb’ or ‘ zeba’, which is ‘shobha’ .

‘ zebaayi ‘ – enhancing the beauty, grace and elegance

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Thank you Nahm for your input.

A couple of Hindi synonyms that come to mind – Phaban, Sundarta.

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I always thought it was picturised on Shammi K

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