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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. Initially, as a kid, 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 continued 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, Swarmandal, 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 until the present, 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, Devotional, Mantra, Kirtan, instrumental, dancing, Folk, Classical... always keeping a seal of authenticity and quality, merging it with a touch of fusion, sealing his contemporary touch.
Manish moved to Switzerland in 2017 when he married to his Swiss wife. He used to tour constantly 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 certified HathaYoga teacher - although he focuses his practice mainly in Surya Kriya, Pranayam, Dhyan and of course, Naad Yoga (Naad is sound.)
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 globally, and more than often has not kept its genuine 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 producing and filming a documentary film about sacred music from India, Mantra and science of Sound as discovered by the ancient Rishis in India - explaining and transmitting the truth about this tradition and how it is used (which little has to do with ‘mantra-concerts’.)