Welcome to the infinite world of music from India and its mystical sounds.
With its roots tracing back to Vedic period, Indian music and its mystic sounds is an amazing world which has evolved over thousands of years. My focus and wish is to preserve, nurture, honor and transmit the genuine spirit of Mantra and sacred music from India in its different genres and presentations, as I've learned (still learning) from maestros since childhood; as well as sharing this tradition around the world while merging with different cultures and musicians, yet keeping the rich spirit of India intact.
In this way, I'm deeply interested in maintaining the genuine elements and spirit of our musical and spiritual tradition in its different styles, forms and presentations, keeping its true essence, as conceived 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... I conceive genuine music that makes us feel united with the whole world because there are no inner or outer boundaries.
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
class and unique style
Manish Vyas's 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 interfeering with the genuine music tradition.
Manish currently lives in Switzerland, offering his music mainly in Europe, but also around the world for selected events. His music takes the audience through the flavors of devotional ancient India, meditation, dance, joy and celebration, keeping the sattvic quality (pure, essential) at all times. His signature style and relaxed yet powerful presence bring people spontaneously into inner silence. Read more in his Biography
He also conducts workshops and gives seminars to audiences interested in this genre of music, who look for a source of authenticity and simplicity, in an era of 'new age' products, when the choices are many... but the ones who truly learn the complex system of Indian music from the root are very few.
"Although I often incorporate fusion elements in my compositions, the roots of the Indian music remain firm and untouched through all my work, which is based on Ragas, Indian rhythms, ornamentation and other key elements of Indian music. In this way, one is able to match the character and rasa (mood) of that what 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." MV
Indian Sacred Music, like mantra, is much, much more that just adding a Sanskrit text to a melody and play some guitar or harmonium 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, one can call it, 'making the right call'. So it needs a fragrance of India in its music - just the Indian text is not enough. In needs to be presented and performed adequately.
The so popular "mantra concerts" have little or nothing to do with the science of practicing mantra in its true sense.
Our music - classical and devotional - comes from a milenary culture with roots in spirituality and deserves all the respect and appreciation, since it was inspired by wise and enlightened beings who were able to touch spaces of the most hidden corners of sound, with the right understanding, allowing to unfold its natural powers when rightly applied.
"If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India." Max Müller, philologist and orientalist, 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 colours'.
The use of ragas is a key aspect when composing music for a Mantra.
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a person does not hear sound only through the ears, he hears sound through every pore of his body - it permeates the entire being, and according to its particuplar influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation; it either wakens or soothes the nervous system. It arouses a person to greater passions or it calms him by bringing him peace. Hazrat I. Khan
learning indian music
an honest approach
I have learnt indian music for 35 years (and still learning) from a few maestros in Rajkot, Pune and Mumbai, Bhārat (India) starting with indian classical music and Tabla being my first instrument, when i was 10 years old. I also Sanskrit during my years at school. That´s why i am confident to humbly perform and share teachings of indian music, mantra and other styles which require a vast understanding of eastern music scales, raga, rhythm, composition, rasa, cultural background and last but not least: the perfect use of the language being sung.
In a 'new age' market populated with performers and people who start 'teaching' without the right preparation, it is important not to get confused by wrong sources and to distinguish what is what. Mantra and kirtan are also no exception to this rule - they come from India, and should be performed honoring this tradition and following certain music style and ragas... and correct pronunciation - besides honoring the sacred texts, mantra is "a call" and pronunciation is key, more than intention.
Indian music is much, much more that just adding a Sanskrit text to a melody and play harmonium or guitar on it. If you love indian music and wish to learn, you have to know that indian music requires patience, commitment, dedication, practice and a teacher from that source and culture who can transmit it rightly and earnestly. Any promises of shallow fast courses are misleading and only ruin the true essence of this rich tradition.
This is an ancient culture of more than ten thousand years, with roots in spirituality which was inspired by wise and enlightened beings, who have been able to touch spaces in the most hidden corners of sound; allowing to unfold its natural powers when rightly applied.
It is better not to support light courses and 'mantra concerts' in the public domain where Mantra, Sanskrit and Indian music is being misrepresented.
I have never compromised commercially. It has always been my mission and responsibility to communicate the right understanding, while passing over this tradition to those truly interested from the spiritual, inner plane, and I will always remain a student in this bottomless world of Indian music and Mantra.
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"Among musical souls all can be found: those who belong to the earth, those who dwell in heaven, and those who dwell in the very depths." H.I. Khan
there are sounds that can awaken the higher potentials of the brain and change the flow of energy in the nervous system.
each sound has a unique pattern that sustains all we do, and allows our energies to move and grow or stagnate and decline.
unless we learn to harmonize our inner sound vibrations,
our lives will likely remain in disharmony.
many say that life entered the human body with the help of music
but the truth is that life itself is music.
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Music from India is so vast and versatile that Manish has also composed romantic mystical music - a source of emotion and love, expressed from the heart.