Shankar Tucker – clarinetist / composer

“Ashai Mugam” ft. Vidya Vandana

This is a remake of a Classical Carnatic song, featuring the wonderful sister duo Vidya and Vandana. Be sure to check out their new Facebook page,

To preemptively address any arguments about pronunciation, there are different dialects of Tamil, in which the lyrics can either be pronounced “Ashai Mugam” or “Asai Mugam”.

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54 comments on ““Ashai Mugam” ft. Vidya Vandana

  1. Excellente, like other songs. Very nice voice.
    The point is the word aasai would be so sweet from their voice instead of the sanskrit version ashai… I dont know what the sisters thought about this word and if they could give a feedback compromising the people’s thought like me then that could be nice.

    I am not saying they should not use but the word aasai is sweet and slippery than the word ashai.

    Is there any special mention for the word sh for singers? :(

    • Tucker, your undertsanding of music is really impressive! You are a true scholar!

      Vidya and Vandana are amazing ! That voice!

      p.s: Nevermind the pronunciation nazis! This track couln’t have been better…

    • Dude, chill !

      p.s: Three amazing talented kids get together and work so hard to create these beautiful sounds… and all you can think of is…?

    • ashai or aasai.. they have sung it simply superb!! in fact they have given life to a forgotten song of Bharathi.. Hats off to them!! Music has no language!!

    • I agree with Jayapal regarding the sweetness of the word Aasai. Plus, I don’t believe that in any tamil dialect its called “Aashai”. A simple google search would show this. I think you should remove this statement from the description, unless you are absolutely sure its true. (I personally would like to see you quote a reference, just to shut up people like me)

      I believe that Vid & Van have a very sweet voice, but this song is all “Shankar Tucker”. The rendition is very sweet, but does not have the depth of other carnatic songs. But the music….. WOW. Way to go Shankar.

  2. i do not agree with the comment above given.even though i am living in kerala my mother toungue is also tamil and i love to sing also.i love this is song because of only one reason that their voice refresh my mind and this kind of slang like iyer’s tamil used by the girls makes this song so special…

    • On second thoughts, I agree with Sarath and retract my comment regarding Vid & Van. Their voice is amazingly melodious. A few repetitions and I actually forgot the original version of this song. It kinda sticks to your memory. Its phenomenal if you listen to it at night when everything else is silent.

      On the word “Aashai”, I probably would agree with Sarath that its more of an iyer slag, in which case its fine. I’m not sure of it though :)

      Either way, keep up the great work

  3. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am impressed a lot….Great Music tucker Congrats….This song makes me to feel better when i am depressed..Thanx a lot…

  4. great work Tucker!! ever since i stumbled upon ‘nee ninaindhal’ on Fb, i’ve been coming back to shruti box….also read abt u in Metro plus, U r one musical genius. ur passion for music is amazing. Vidhya & Vandana create magic to ur music!! :)

  5. Watte combination of Voice, ambience & Music? Anugraha is bestowed on ur team. Keep us informed on such songs. Guys, you need to be more on social media. I see many of you have protected your tweets. Please do engage with people. Create a separate id for this purpose. Would love to see ur tweets. Cheers!

    • Forgotten Face – Aasai Mugam Marandhu

      Apparently Bharathi had written this song when he lost his mother’s photograph (the only photograph and memory he had of her).

      ஆசைமுகம் மறந்து போச்சே – இதை யாரிடம் சொல்வேனடி தோழி?
      I have forgotten that lovely face, whom shall I share this grief with ?
      நேசம் மறக்கவில்லை நெஞ்சம் – எனில் நினைவு முகம் மறக்கலாமோ?
      The heart has still not forgotten the love, alas how can I forget that memorable face?

      தேனை மறந்திருக்கும் வண்டும் – ஒளிச் சிறப்பை மறந்துவிட்ட பூவும்
      வானை மறந்திருக்கும் பயிறும் – இந்த வையம் முழுதுமில்லை தோழி
      One cannot find in this whole world :
      Bees that have forgotten honey
      Flowers that forgotten the splendor of light
      Crops that have forgotten the sky

      கண்ணன் முகம் மறந்துபோனால் – இந்த கண்களிருந்து பயனுண்டோ?
      If I forget the face of krishna, then what is the use of my eyes? (Krishna is a placeholder for his mother here).
      வண்ணப் படமுமில்லை கண்டாய் – இனி வாழும் வழியென்னடி தோழி?
      I no longer have your photograph, now what is left in life,tell me my dear friend ?

  6. Thank you Shankar Tucker, Vandana and Vidya Iyer for the Divine Song… Truly refreshing…

    Thank you Hari / Bala for providing the background and translation of this beautiful song…

  7. Jaypal Chandran: Please don’t bother everyone with your shallow thinking. The song is beautiful. Both Sanskrit and Tamil are wonderful ancient languages and the subtle combination in this song is mesmerizing. Nitpickers like you are not eligible to appreciate such spellbinding songs or music.

  8. Simply Superb. Though the pronunciation of Ashai is a little bit different, the overall quality of the song makes one forget the existence of it.

    Impressive work Shankar and the Iyer Sisters. Let us know when we can buy this song!!

  9. Excellent work. May I request other Bharathi songs especially Nallathor Veenai and/or Terrtha Karaiyinile. Both were recorded for the Tamil Movie Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu.

  10. Simply Superb!! i am sure you would reach great great heights!! aasai or ahsaii.. it really doesn’t matter when you guys sing this song so sweetly!! from today i will be checking out all your songs!!!

  11. WOW!!! really its so refreshing.. i am very much impressed with this music. its really superb. keep going to give such nice songs….

  12. i am not tamil girl neither i understood a single word of this..but when i heard this song for the first time i thought i should learn to sing this song..and now i am able to sing this after doing lots of practice…awesome song and very well sung by two sister..hats off..

  13. wonderful rendition by iyer sisters. I too feel that aasai wud sound better than ashai. nevertheless, iyer sis’ voice is buetiful.
    Tucker if U r planning for another tamil track please try ” Kaatrinile varum geetham” Originally sung by the great M.S. Subbulakshmi in the movie Meera. i’m sure iyer sisters would sound fantabulous.

  14. hey,
    Wonderful songs by you tucker. i didnt understand even a single word but the music composition rendition whatever you’ve done is awesome i cant describe it any more from this language… one thing is sure, listening to manmohini morey, ashai mugam and nee nenaindal, i jus cried, tears slipped off my eyes without knowing…… such a feeling in those songs!!!!! hats off to you buddy…..
    and aditya rao, vandana-vidya iyer, rohan and your team are beatiful bunch of talents ready to be launched…….. keep going…. bring out some more songs and talents
    once again hats off
    jai hind

  15. whatever u guys have done so far … was just amazing .. and a small request .. pls do a remake of kandha sasthi kavacam .. i know the original version is long but i thought u guys will sound wonderful doing that song … anyway hats off .. happy new year and may god bless u guys with more SONG!!! of course …

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