the word ‘Zambeel’

We have often been asked what the word Zambeel means.

Zambeel – Thayli – Aik rivayati thayli jo Umr o Ayyar kay paas thi. Aik aisa thayla jis mein bohat si cheezein sama jaein.

Firoz ul Lughat Urdu Jadeed, Naya edition, Firozsons Limited, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi

Referencing the magical properties of Amar Ayyar’s bag that yielded boundless possibilities, the word Zambeel seemed appropriate to suggest not just its infinite nature, but also its relationship to the tradition of storytelling.

Read more in our post Zambeel – The Legendary Bag of Tricks


About zambeeldramaticreadings

Zambeel Dramatic Readings aims to present texts in Urdu and English rendered in their dramatised form, to create a dynamic collusion between literature and performance. Referencing traditions of storytelling and the contemporary form of the radio play, our works traverse time and geographical boundaries to interpret and enliven narratives through sound and recitation.
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