Namaste. Welcome to the infinite world of music, arts and culture from India and its mystical wonders.
With its roots tracing back to Vedic period, Indian music is an incredible bottomless ocean and a lifetime is not enough to explore even a small part of this vast universe. My focus and wish is to preserve, nurture, honor and transmit the genuine spirit of music from India in its different genres and presentations, as I've learned from maestros since childhood; as well as sharing this tradition around the world while merging with different cultures and musicians, yet keeping the spirit of India and its essence intact.
I am also deeply interested in maintaining and transmitting the genuine elements and spirit of our ancient tradition of mantra and sacred music from India, in its different styles and presentations, keeping its true quality, purpose and nature, as it had been discovered along thousands of years in our beloved land, Bhārat.
There is always an uplifting piece of music that will open our deepest emotions, renew our spirit and let us know that we are not alone.
There is a type of music to come back home to our own self and that's what this music is about. Based on the richness of music from India, I conceive genuine music that makes us feel united with the whole world.
music should be healing, music should uplift the soul, music should inspire
"May our ears listen to nothing but auspicious words, may our eyes see nothing but auspicious things, may we have healthy bodies and be blessed with long life." Rig Veda
Manish Vyas' concertd and gatherings have the signature of Indian genuine sounds merged with a touch of fusion, which makes his music so accessible and appreciated by all type of listeners in the search of contemporary yet authentic Indian sounds. By fusion all the elements of Indian music are kept intact, incorporating certain sounds or effects, without interfering with the original style.
Manish was born in India where he lived for 40 years. He currently lives in Switzerland, offering his music, teachings, workshops and retreats worldwide. His music takes the audience through the flavors of devotional ancient India, meditation, dance, joy and celebration, keeping the sattvic or quality of purity at all times. His signature style and relaxed yet powerful presence brings the listeners spontaneously into a peaceful inner silence. Read more in Biography
As a result of an increased interest in the music, wisdom and sciences from India, he also conducts workshops and gives seminars to audiences interested in this field, who look for a source of authenticity and simplicity, in an era of 'new age' products in which the western offer and choices are many, although those honestly representing mantra and teaching Indian music from the source are very few.
"Although I often incorporate fusion elements in my compositions, the essence of Indian music remains firm, respecting the character and feeling, the Ragas, the rhythms, ornamentation and other key elements of Indian music. In this way, one is able to match the character and rasa (mood) of that which is being sung at its best. That is how the musical presentation of mantras, kirtan and sacred texts from India can always remain authentic and united in body, heart and soul."
a word about MANTRA
If Music is used in mantra, one has to know firstly that this requires much more that just adding a Sanskrit text to a melody and play some guitar cords into it... Actually, mantra does not need music! But if at all, one would like to have the honor to recite it in a musical way, it is a great responsibility to create music which can transmit its true meaning, essence, wisdom and purpose, making the right call through the music. Mantra is a millenary science from India and needs that kind of spirit in its music.
Our music - classical and devotional - comes from an ancient culture with roots in spirituality and deserves all the respect and appreciation. The practitioner must know that there are certain requirements for a mantra to work, and that simply going to a 'mantra concert' will bring nothing except entertainment.
“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant, I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we may draw the corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human a life... again I should point to India.”
—from "India: what can it teach us" by Max Müller (1823-1900)
The basic structures in which compositions of Indian music are made are called Ragas. The word Raga means 'that which charms' or 'that which colors'. The use of ragas is a key aspect when composing music for a Mantra and other texts from India.
press + audience reviews
Manish Vyas has an unmatched talent for rhythm, as he has for melody. Born in India but having traveled the globe, he shares his rare ability to bring you the authentic feel of meditative Indian music in such a unique way that it never makes you feel alien, but rather just at home.
Manish Vyas's musical talents place him at the forefront of a new generation of artists who have experienced an abiding and intimate connection with both their guru and the modern world. His music ranges far and wide - from the pulsing beats of the dance floor to music for relaxation and soaring imagination. But it always reflects his spiritual, Indian musical roots.
Lloyd Barde, for Common Ground Magazine
The multi-talented Vyas blends elements of Indian pop, folk music and poetry to create a lush sounscape, that's perfect for any occasion.
Yoga Magazine UK
Beyond being such a gifted tabla player, his voice and his mantras lead the listeners to the depths of their hearts.
Over the past decade or two, there has been a tremendous explosion in what has come to known as “world music.” Some of it encompasses a fusion of diverse cultural influences into an international musical melting pot, while others strive to maintain a strict devotion to a particular ethnicity or cultural lineage. The music of Manish Vyas (pronounced Mahn-ish Vi-us) on his latest release, "Atma Bhakti," is the latter. But whatever style of music Manish is involved in, it always flows from the deep well of his inner being.
Music & Media Focus
Manish Vyas is a extraordinary musician who we have had the honour of playing with many times. Not only is he a most accomplished Tabla player, he also is a fine instrumentalist, singer and composer. We heartily recommend him to anyone who has a passion for devotional, ecstatic, meditative music.
Deva Premal & Miten
Manish Vyas makes Indian music very accessible to people.
Suitable for accompanying all kinds of contemplative practices. As more artists begin to create music faithfully based on ancient sacred texts and musical traditions while incorporating contemporary instrumental and technological innovations, a new genre is emergingcall it “devotional pop.” And if it endures, we may come to regard Manish Vyas as one of its most convincing avatars.
Editor Derk Richardson
Gentle, other-worldy and extremely relaxing music.
I came across Manish Vyas's music while I was in India and now he is part of my regular yoga music - for relaxing, for playing in a yoga class (including restorative yoga), and even for playing with the volume cranked up high while I'm cooking Indian food at home! Manish Vyas's voice is rich and clear - hypnotic in the more soothing tracks and lively in the upbeat songs. This CD is good fusion of east and west, without losing the magic of India
The new avatar of devotional pop music.
A beautifully hypnotic blend of New Age and traditional Indian chant.
His music has a beautiful flow and soufulness to it that inspires me to dance, inside and out.
A unique phenomenon in the world of fusion and spiritual music.
I love your music, and specially your voice.
I first heard this music in India and enjoyed it so much, I made a note to buy it on my return home. I love its musical blend of classical and modern India. Manish Vyas's voice is rich and clear - hypnotic in the more soothing tracks and lively in the upbeat songs (...) I feel like I'm right back in India. Some tracks are perfect to play in a slow and mindful yoga flow practice.