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Music from India
classical fusion mantra folk sacred sufi
Welcome to the infinite world of music from India and its mystical sounds.
With its roots tracing back to Vedic period, Indian music is a rich art form which evolved over
thousands of years. My focus and wish is to preserve, nurture, honor and transmit the genuine spirit of Indian music in its different genres and presentations, as i learnt it from maestros since childhood (and still learning) as well as sharing this music around the world while merging with different cultures and musicians from diverse traditions and backgrounds, yet keeping the spirit of India in all the involved genres intact.
In this way, i am deeply interested in maintaining the genuine elements and spirit of this musical tradition, in its different styles, forms and presentations, keeping its authenticity and true nature, 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
the more refined a person becomes, the finer the music he enjoys
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
Manish also conducts workshops and gives seminars and courses 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 and with years of patience are very few.
The word spiritual does not apply
to goodness or wonder-working,
or to great intellectual power.
The whole of life in all its aspects
is one single music
and the real spiritual attainment
is to tune oneself
to the harmony of this perfect music.
Hazrat i. khan
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 manta.
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 colors'.
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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
I have learnt indian music for 35 years (and still learning) from a few maestros in Rajkot, Pune and Mumbai, Bharat (India) starting with indian classicla music and tabla when i was 10 years old and 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 market populated with performers and people who start 'teaching' indian music after having spent 1 or 3 months in India (or not even that) it is important not to get confused by wrong sources. 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 raga... and the perfect pronounciation - besides honoring the sacred texts, mantra is "a call" and pronounciation is key, much 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 earnestly. Any promises of shallow "kirtan courses" are misleading and ruin the true essence of this rich tradition.
This is an ancient culture with roots in spirituality and deserves respect and appreciation, since it was inspired by wise and elightened beings who were able to touch spaces in the most hidden corners of sound, with the right understanding, allowing to unfold its natural powers when rightly applied.
I always point out not to mislead this tradition by offering classes and 'mantra concerts' in the public domain without the right training and understanding of what is being shared. Being a musician does not qualify to perform indian music with its complex and endless richness and the challenge of Sanskrit language. Musicians spend a lifetime learning and only at a senior stage and with the persmission of the Guru, they start performing and teaching. This is because we give importante to the right representation.
What some so-called mantra-kirtan-singers are commercially marketing and offering in the west has little or no relation to the truth of mantra, kirtan and indian music in general, and thus should not be offered using 'India' or 'Mantra' or 'Naad Yoga' as a means of marketing and commercialism.
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 trully interested from the spiritual, silent plane, unaffected by personal interests or ego-driven personal and material ambitions or fashion trends.
Of course, everyone if free in the freedom to express art, but there is no need to use India's traditions as marketing means for this purpose. As i told many singers, if you sing 'pop', call it 'pop.' Mashallah!
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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, expressing music from the heart.