The first time we ever heard of Niraj Chag was in 2006 when we came home from Sixth Form, switched on the TV (Zee Music Box - who remembers the 3-6pm slot?!) and heard the song 'Bangles'. As teens, we hadn't fully grasped Indian Music & Raag, but our hearts recognised something in 'Bangles' well before our minds did.
A few years after 'Bangles', we heard 'Saawan' by chance (though is anything ever by chance?) and we were instantly drawn to this divine and bittersweet composition; the lyrics being Sufi in it's essence also helped!
It was near impossible to find the translation for this song online, so we have attempted our best to translate the lyrics; please forgive us for any mistakes made and feel free to correct us.
In a nutshell, this song is about the pain of separation (between the mortal or the Beloved Divine, however you choose to interpret it) and the yearning for the One who is far away, all in the midst of the romantic Monsoon season.