We all are currently addicted to Arjan Dhillon’s latest album, Awara. Be it car speakers, headphones, DJs in parties, or the big fat Indian weddings, Arjan Dhillon’s Awara is everywhere. The 13-song album has all types of songs in it and not even one of them is an ‘average’ or a ‘bad’ song. And among them, one of the songs ‘Danabaad’, speaks of the history of Punjab. What is the meaning of the title of this song?
Danabaad is a song that brings the legendary unfinished love-stories of Punjab’s history. The title ‘Danabaad’, is actually the name of the village Mirza was born in. You would have surely heard the legendary Punjabi folklore Mirza-Sahiban. The hero of the story, Mirza, was born in the village of Dana Abad.
Dana Abad is situated in the Jaranwala Tehsil, Faisalabad District, Punjab, Pakistan. It was earlier situated in India during the times of Mirza-Sahiban but later got separated from India during the 1947 Great Partition. In remembrance of the lovers, a Mirza Sahiban Mausoleum is also located in the village.
It is situated just 30 kilometers away from the holy city ‘Nankana Sahib’. Nankana Sahib is the most important Sikh religious site because the first Sikh guru, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born here. Mirza Sahiban’s love story is one of the four most popular tragic romances of Punjab. The other three being Sohni Mahiwal, Heer-Ranjha and Sassi-Punnun.
Sahiban and Mirza were deeply in love with each other but Sahiban’s parents did not approve of their marriage. So the couple decided to elope away. While eloping, Mirza decided to rest and fell asleep under a Jand Tree. Sahiban didn’t want to marry Mirza at the cost of her brothers’ lives. Mirza was an ace archer. So Sahiban decided to break all of Mirza’s arrows so he wouldn’t be able to fight her brothers. She thought that she would beg her brothers for their acceptance. But at last, when Sahiban’s brothers finally found Mirza-Sahiban, they killed Mirza. Sahiban could not bear the loss and stabbed herself with an arrow on the spot. And this was how one of the most popular Punjabi folklore was created.
The popular story was written by Pilu. The story, due to its popularity, has been adapted in many books, movies and songs. And now Arjan Dhillon has brought out ‘Danabaad’ in remembrance of the tragic romance.