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Manish Vyas was born in Gujarat, India and has been learning and teaching music since 25 years, which he learnt through the years with different maestros in India. He learnt tabla with Zinda Hussein at his childhood and his first concert happened when he was just 12 years old in Rajkot. At the same time, he was learning harmonium in the company of local expert musicians. At the age of 20, having moved to Pune to pursue his musical career, Manish started learning tabla with Ustad Allarakha, where he continued for many years, while he was in charge of the musical department at Osho Pune Ashram, organizing and performing concerts. During this time, he also learnt to play santoor and keyboard. Manish met Jagjit Singh and played with him in a big performance presented at the Osho Samadhi. This maestro of ghazals, classic and devotional music was a big influence in Manish's musical life - and still is.

He is composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher - tabla, santoor, harmonium, keyboard and other eastern percussion. Along his lifetime musical path, he has composed hundreds of songs, mainly in the devotional, mystical, folk, instrumental and sufi genres. He has released 20 albums of original music and has also contributed to dozens of other musicians' productions with his compositions, voice and instruments. (see discography) Almost eight hours of his music are also available in the popular meditation App, Silence Finder.

His gatherings, retreats and concerts offer the perfect blend 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 authentic Indian sounds. When we talks about 'fusion' in Indian music, it refers to the incorporation of contemporary elements, but the quality and essence of Indian music remains untouched. 

His music styles or genres offer a wide range of sounds: ghazal, sufi, mantra, kirtan, instrumental, dancing, folkish, classical... always keeping a seal of authenticity and quality.

Manish moved to Switzerland when he married to his Swiss wife and this country and they live in Canton St. Gallen. He used to tour around the world, but since some years ago he has decided to mainly travel within Europe and India, to share his versatile music in different events and venues, as well as teaching in workshops. An interesting information is that Manish is also a yoga teacher - he focuses his practice mainly in surya namaskar, pranayam and dhyan when teaching.

 

Carrying Indian music in his heart, one of his missions is to maintain the roots of Indian music , in a world where the Indian devotional genre has gotten spread in a commercial way and more than often has not kept its genuinity and essence in the west. That is also one of the reasons he is teaching and giving workshops - to make people interested in this genre aware of the elements needed when doing music from India - in any of its styles. He is currently filming and writing a documentary film about sacred music from India - the cradle of Indian music. 

t i m e l i n e

first steps towards music.

1971 - 1985

Born 29. April,1971 in a Hindu family in the city of Rajkot, Gujarat, India. His family circle was surrounded by music gatherings and musicians who gathered to play on a regular basis, where he started absorbing his love for music.As a child, he started learning his first instrument, tabla, with with Zinda Hussain until 1985 - in the music school of his hometown where he studied 4 years.

receiving Osho's blessings and mala as a kid.

1979

This was a very important moment in Manish's life - his first Guru, Osho, blessed him in his spiritual path and gave him a mala as a symbol. Also, Osho used to give a spiritual name to his disciples... but to him, he told him his spiritual name would be Manish, just like it was. Osho was the biggest influence in Manish's spiritual path. Him and his wife don't call themselves 'sannyasins' because they don't believe in religions, but in life inspirations.  Another of their biggest life inspirations is UG Krishnamurthi - 'the most honest person you will ever find.'

"I am not interested in communicating something to you, I am interested in communion. Communication means my mind talking to your mind. Communion means I am not a mind, you are not a mind - just your heart melting into my heart, no word." Osho

"I have searched everywhere to find an answer to my question, 'Is there enlightenment?' but have never questioned the search itself. Because I have assumed that goal of enlightenment exists, I have had to search. It is the search itself which has been choking me and keeping me out of my natural state. There is no such thing as spiritual or psychological enlightenment because there is no such thing as spirit or psyche at all. I have been a damn fool all my life, searching for something which does not exist. My search is at an end." UG

first steps as a singer.

1983 - 1988

With the guidance of his uncle Rajesh who was a singer - and also intuitively and inspired by Jagjit Singh, he started practicing singing and training his voice.(in the picture, Manish on the right with his younger brother, at the time he started his musical journey.)

first performances.

1983

His first concerts in india happened accompanying on tabla his uncle (singer and harmonium player) when he was just 12 years old. At those times, he also was playing in kirtans and folk dances.

harmonium and tabla.

1989 - 1999

To accompany his singing, he started playing harmonium, which he also learnt in Rajkot.In 1989 when he moved to Pune, Manish continued his tabla learning with Zakir Hussain’s disciple Nishikant.From 1990 to 1994 he attended tabla lessons with his unforgetable tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha in Mumbai, taking a train for many hours just to take a 1 hour lesson or less each time. After that, he continued learning tabla 4 years with Kausar Ali in Pune, from 1995-1999.

his tabla guru.

1991-1995

His maestro Ustad Allarakha, a true master. Tabla formed in Manish the solid ground to expand in classical and all other styles of Indian music that he currently performs. It was a seed that grew into a solid tree.

learning santoor.

1991

At the beginning, with no formal training,  Manish learnt to play santoor (an ancient 100 string instrument from Kashmir) by listening and watching Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Later, he took lessons with Sandeep Chaterjee, from Kolkata.

pune ashram.

1989 - 2002

Actively involved in the music department from 1989-2002 at the International Osho Ashram in Pune, 'the golden times of that ashram.'  On a regular basis, performing for the ashram in concerts and meditations, accompanying musicians and leading concerts, meditations, kirtans and cultural events. It was a very rich stage in his musical path. Also, the merging with musicians from the West, opened his music to other possibilities.A major event was in September 1989 when he was invited to play tabla in front of Osho, while he was leading a meditation with 10,000 people from all over the world. This continued till Osho left his body in 1990.At this time, he also met in the ashram Deva and Miten, lifetime friends of Manish, even these days.He also started working as composer and arranger for theatre groups, sound-engineering for Indian classical concerts and meditation music recording.

meeting and playing with jagjit singh, his lifetime inspiration.

1992

Having been his fan since many years, Manish met Jagjit Singh and played with him in a big performance presented at the Osho Samadhi. This maestro of ghazals, classic and devotional music marked Manish s musical life - he would spend hours, days and weeks listening to his music. He was really a genius and his singing was outstanding. One of the main influences in Manish's path - as a singer and as a composer.

leading meditations.

1995 - 2012

During almost 20 years, Manish was involved in the music of the retreats organized by Gurudev in different places in India, in which people from around the globe would participate. Lately, he was additionally involved in the administration and organization of these meditation and celebration events.

Gurudev always wanted him to organize these aspects of the retreat, due to his vision, sensitive understanding and great musical skills for meditation purposes... since due to his versatility, Manish is able to provide the most energetic music for dancing and dynamic meditations, as well as the most mellow music for deep relaxation or introspection. That is really a strong quality in him as a musician: knowing the sounds to create the  needed atmosphere - which sometimes can also be just 'silence.'

His last contributions were with Osho Mystery School in Mysore, and now he's still offering these activities in the mode of workshops and retreats.

launching his first albums.

1998 - 2001

Rejoicing is his first ever solo project - launched in 1998 and still available worldwide. A beautiful meditative album with different moods and ragas in the most pure Indian style.Later, his first major collaboration on a CD - with Prem Joshua in 2001, with the amazing production of  'Water Down the Ganges.’

a very creative phase + touring around the world.

1999 - 2005

 

His first touring outside India started in 1999 Europe with Prem Joshua (Germany) and the band called HAMSAFAR, for two years.After the band HAMSAFAR dissolved, Manish continued duo concerts with Joshua in Europe, USA, South East Asia, Israel, and India from 2001-2006.It was a very creative phase, in which these two musicians complemented each other creating amazing music.

instrumental healing music series.

2001 

Together with the talented bansuri player, Bikram Singh, they created the series of albums of instrumental meditative music from India. In this way, the following works were released along the years: Healing Ragas I (2003), Healing Ragas II (2006), Moonlight Ragas (2009) and Healing Ragas III (last one in 2016 recorded with Millind Date in bansuri this time.)It is a master work, music for the ears and for the soul. Really worth listening.

wedding music... playing for paul mac cartney in UK.

2002

Invited to play Indian fusion music at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding in Ireland, UK as part of CELTIC RAGAS band. 

merging east with west.

2002 - 2009

A stage in which Manish's merging with Western musicians but yet keeping the Indian elements intact and genuine, constituted a major step in his career. His music became accessible to Westeners, but his followers regognized in him the authenticity behind his work. And this is his true value : that his music is genuine, and has almost 40 years of learning.His audience has a refinement in its music culture, and recognizes these deeper roots.In the picture with peer and friend Deva Premal, and Snatam and Guruganesha.

touring with in the US and forming Manish+Friends band.

2006 - 2009

Snatam Kaur requested Manish to play in her band in 2006 and after this invitation, he toured with her band through USA, Canada and Europe between 2007 and 2009. His main role was tabla player and mantra singer. The CD 'Snatam, Live in Concert' was recorded during this stage. Eventually he decided to leave the band because he realized that in this surrounding, sacred music from India was not presented and honored as it is in reality, adding a lot of commercial-driven content as "from India" which is not from India. After this, he formed a band with other two musicians, under the name 'Manish Vyas and Friends' and they presented their music in the US in different concerts, events and retreats including Omega and Kripalu in US.

the birth of a Mystery School in India.

2008 - 2012

During all his musical career, Manish was always following a spiritual path. First with Osho, and then with Gurudev, a senior disciple from Osho. Eventually, he moved with Gurudev to Mysore, to support his work to create and ashram for meditation and higher consciousness. In this way, Osho Mystery School was built, at the side of the river Kaveri - and Manish became the Meditation Coordinator right-hand of his teacher, as well as the person in charge of music, video and photography for the 10 - 20 - 40 days retreats, with 20 days of silence, that were being organized with people from all over the world, under the direction of Gurudev. Manish was actively involved in this project and its construction - even in buying the materials and controlling the workers! So at this time, he stepped aside from the music touring scene... to work for a higher cause.

at the HWA EOM Buddhist Monastery South Korea.

2007 - 2008 - 2012

Taking his devotional music to Far East, and in the beautiful atmosphere of  this hidden monastery, Manish was invited to share his music to their annual musical celebration in three different opportunities: 2007, 2008 and 2012. This was for him a wonderful experience, since the scene in these monasteries, is the right atmosphere for his music.

nomination for the Grammy's first round ballot.

2014

It was a real honor to hear that the album SHIVOHAM is nominated for Grammy’s first round ballot. He didn't make it to the final stage, but it was an honor to be there, since he never asked for any votes (and this is what the Word/New-Age Music category requires, to "beg" for votes, since there is no judge in this category unfortunately - giving a lot of space for wrong decisions based on lobby.)

becomes a certified hatha yoga teacher.

2016

Certified by the Association of Yoga and Meditation AYM, in Rishikesh, Manish becomes a certified yoga teacher. Mostly he does yoga-asana for his own practice and he teaches Surya Namaskar and light asana and focuses mainly on Pranayam and Meditation techniques during workshops and retreats.

"Let us remember that YOGA is not exercise, yoga is a lifestyle of excellence, a high code of ethics based in Sanatam Dharma (known as hinduism). It is mistakenly taken in the west that yoga is for fitness sometimes. Out of the yoga sutras, only 3 sutras are written about asana, and also that, was just sitting asana. So when we use the word Yoga, it should have the proper understanding, to honor the truth conceived behind this ancient tradition from India. It is important one does not "do yoga" for the wrong reasons." MV

marriage to sa and moving to Switzerland.

2017

Release of the album MANGALAM, Auspicious

2018

Manish's works keep getting richer in content and in musical proficiency. Mangalam was recorded with the most talented properly trained musicians from Bhaarat. Additionally, this same year he released an only-digital album of special music to accompany Pranayam practice called Prana.

launching of a new Santoor CD, release of music for the Meditation App "Silence Finder" and Movie filming.

2019

2019 is a year full of beautiful projects! 

Beginning the year, Manish works during 2 months on a project in partnership with Ralph Wilms from Silence Finder, creating almost 8 hour composition, recording, singing and arrangement project for the App Silence Finder, with guided meditations available in English and German providing customized music that accompanies the meditator at each step of awareness and relaxation. The App is recommended for people who love meditation music from India and who prefer guided versus silent meditations; it is also a wonderful product for good sleep.

Additionally Manish releases a new album in Autumn 2019, four 15-minute pieces with meditative, seductive, peaceful tones of Santoor and other subtle instruments and sounds, including subtle vocals, available in his new album. The album is 80% instrumental with subtle vocals sung in Sanskrit with Manish´s signature of quality and authenticity.

Additionally, in 2019 Manish is busy directing and filing his new project, ¨the truth about Mantra" which will reveal the truth behind these sciences from India, which have mostly not been well understood in the west. The documentary is mostly being filmed in India, with scholars, musicians and real authorities in the field of Naad, Sanskrit, Music and Mantra. 

MV collection.

up to date

Manish's first own CD production happened in 1998. The ​particularity about him is that he never says, 'ok, now I'm going to make an album,' but it happens in the opposite direction. He leaves the creativity expand during years... collecting his compositions and leaving them mature slowly... then maybe after years, he comes back to them and works on the vocals and arrangement to come up with a piece for a possible album. 'It is like letting a fruit ripe and become beautiful,' he says. 

Albums in chronological order till the present:

  • Rejoicing (1998)
  • Sufi Splendor
  • Water Down the Ganges (joint production)
  • Sattva, the essence of being
  • Healing Ragas I
  • Healing Ragas II
  • Prasad
  • Bairagi (aproduction for a Jain organization in India)
  • Moonlight Ragas
  • Shivoham, I am bliss
  • Atma Bhakti, healing sounds of prayer
  • Healing Ragas III
  • Secret of Love, mystical songs of love
  • Sahaj Atma, mantras that illuminate the soul (2017)
  • The Best of Healing Ragas (2017)
  • PRANA Music for Pranayam  (2018)
  • Mangalam, Auspicious (2018)
  • Ānanda Nāda, Blissful Sounds of Santoor (2019)
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listening to great music you suddenly become silent – with no effort.

falling in tune with the music you lose your ego with no effort.  ​

you become relaxed, you fall into a deep rest.

you are alert, awake, and yet in a subtle way drunk .​

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