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)
More about INDIA
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.
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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 particular 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've learned indian music for 35 years (and still learning) from a few maestros in Rajkot, Pune and Mumbai, Bhārat (India) starting with the foundations of Indian classical music - Tabla being my first instrument - when i was about 10 years old. I also studied Sanskrit during my years at school, which I'm still studying. That's why I'm confident to humbly perform and share teachings with roots in Indian music, mantra and other styles which require a vast understanding of the eastern music style: scales, raga, rhythm, composition, rasa, cultural background and last but not least: the correct use of the language being presented.
In a 'new age' market where Indian music got populated with non-trained performers and even teachers without preparation, it is important not to get confused by wrong sources, making an effort in trying to distinguish what is what if one is interested in the real. Mantra and Kirtan are also no exception to this - they come from India, and should be performed connecting to the source, honoring this tradition and following a certain music frame... besides using the correct pronunciation. Beyond honoring the sacred texts, mantra is a sound which works as a call, therefore pronunciation is key, more than intention and meaning.
Indian music is much, much more that just adding a Sanskrit text to a melody and play an instrument on it. If one loves the arts and music from India and wishes to learn, one has to first know it requires a lot of patience, commitment, dedication, practice and very important, a teacher who had been trained in that culture, who can transmit it earnestly and guide the student to the right port. Any promises of shallow fast courses are misleading and will only compromise the true essence of this ancient tradition.
One must understand this is a millenary culture of more than ten thousand years, so ancient that it can really not be traced, and with strong roots in spirituality which was inspired by wise beings, who dedicated all their life to this and were 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 music are being misrepresented and moreover false promises are given in the name of healing and other similar matters which are sensitive to the public.
I have never compromised commercially nor do i give any false expectations. It has always been my view and responsibility to communicate with transparency and to give the right understanding while passing over this tradition to those truly interested from the spiritual, creative, therapeutic and artistic points of view, knowing in the first place that I will always remain a student in this bottomless world of music, science and arts from India.
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There are sounds that can awaken the higher potentials of the brain and change the flow of energy in the nervous system.
A 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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