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Based in Europe (Switzerland) Manish actively offers private and small-group lessons in Switzerland and workshops all around Europe. When requested, he also gives music lessons online live, to students around the world.
Manish Vyas is an acclaimed artist for his soulful music and even though his music has a touch of fusion, his beauty is that he always composes based on indian ragas, in this way not loosing the tradition and the right approach to this milenary music from India. Relaxed and luminous, he reveals a unique style, which is a synthesis of his rich musical experience, his endless creativity and his spiritual inclination. As a performing artist for over 25 years now, Manish has travelled extensively in his career having been featured in many of the prestigious venues of Indian music and festivals around the globe. His music has the quality of being uplifting always focused on self-elevation. Read here more about his biography.
Learning Indian music from a professional musician and a good teacher - from India - is entirely different experience and it can give a complete different approach to the learning process and mainly to the understanding of this complex system. Indian music is 'like a different language' in which not only the words have to be understood, but its frame and culture behind play a key role in the artist performing indian music.
Manish started teaching music in Pune about 20 years ago, to students from all over the world, so he has a vast experience and a loving and patient approach to each student and each class - knowing exactly where the student is standing and giving a program to each one individually, from the place where he or she is standing.
"IF YOU WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING
LEARN IT FROM THE RIGHT SOURCE"
"Namaste Manish, I thank you for being such an amazing teacher and for your great lessons. I feel so fortunate to have been able to follow lessons and receive your digital uploads on you tube and mails. You have amazed and inspired me and for that I am thankful because you are truly a wonderful teacher. As a teacher you gave me tools I need to find growth on my path." (Deva, Netherlands)
LESSONS VIA ONLINE VIDEO CONFERENCING
To learn and understand Indian music many years are required. It must be approached with patience and persistence and with a good teacher.
With the help of modern technology and hi-speed internet now we have video conferencing is very reliable making the integral quality of sound and visual understanding online possinle and effective.
The approach of the online classes is very similar to the method of learning via in-person classes. Similar to in person classes, in online music classes the teacher and the student will be communicating and interacting live and spontaneously, although physically being located in two different places. Practice exercises and training suggestions will be given for the following class each time.
Manish approaches the in-person classes as well as online bansuri classes with lots of love and reverence as it is the continuation of the Indian musical lineage which he proudly teaches, trying as well to maintain the transmission of Indian music pure and authentic.
Student: could you please suggest best way to learn music or musical instruments?
Manish: Namaste - Thank you for your mail! To learn music, one needs to know where is your natural flow going….towards singing or towards an instrument? If it is instrument, try to feel which one you would like to play the most, what resonates with you the most… and accordingly simply start. When you start learning, simply enjoy the process of learning without focussing on any goal of performing or anything else, just remain patient and keep learning and soon you will fall in love with the instrument and the music. Definitely learn from a teacher, not from books or youtube. It is best to have personal attention and guidance. I wish you the best. Om Shanti Manish Vyas
I felt like I was witnessing something very special.
Richard Wanderman, Washington, Connecticut.
(of a concert with Snatam Kaur where Manish played tabla)
Manish Vyas played tabla humbly in the background for the almost the entire concert. About midway through the concert just as a song was ending the other musicians stopped as they normally would but Manish kept playing, softly at first but then a bit louder. He slowly ramped up to one of the most amazing tabla solos I have ever seen. And, I've seen many including some of the best players in the world, both live and on youTube.. This solo was beyond anything I've ever seen before and stood out as it was the only solo by any member of the group. He played hard for what seemed like ten minutes and the audience was transfixed. When he was done we all gave him a standing ovation, the only applause during the entire concert. I have no idea if this solo is a standard or it was spontaneous but whatever it was, I felt like I was witnessing something very special.
What a wonderful idea to give online lessons!
I am a beginner learning to play harmonium - the skype lessons with Manish and his music have helped me to give a wholesome picture to Indian music, and it was very useful to learn singing with harmonium at the same time. It's hard to find a good teacher in South Africa. Thank you Manish !
Finally i found the right source
Sita, Zuerich, CH
For years i was going around trying to find teachers of mantra - and i kept finding only westener mantra singers who later i realized are not even able to pronounce the word 'kirtan' correctly. I saw an article in the Jet Airways magazine about Manish Vyas while flying back to Switzerland... and due to my interest in Indian music, i checked his website. To my shock and great surprise he was living in Switzerland. So i started taking lessons right away, and i must say that finally i found in him a reliable teacher of Indian music. Not only he knows a lot, but also he knows how to organize the classes, when to advance and when to wait, he incorporates concepts of raga and rhythm that are key in Indian music... so the whole palette is really good. Of course, this is indian music, so the student first has to learn to be patient, trust his teacher and practice a lot.
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Teaching should be a vocation and not just a professional occupation. Look for a musician who is also actively pursuing a musical career -even when it is not on a professional level. . If you intent to learn Indian music, look for a teacher who has lived and learnt most of his life in India and has learnt music from a good source for many years... at least 15 if not more. If you are interested, feel free to take the time to ask whatever questions you have.
A note about learning Indian Music
When we learn music from a certain country, region or tradition, we also have to adapt our feeling and perspective and understanding in relation to the place of origin of the music, custom and tradition. For example, if we learn tango, the attitude, spirit and approach will be very different from learning jazz or folk ... If we learn Jodeln, we should learn before a little bit about this Appenzeller tradition and how these sounds had been transfered from generations to generations - as well as why these 'calling' sounds started to be used in the first place since 1500s: one should know, for example, that Jodeling was used in the Alps by herders calling their stock and also to communicate between Alpine villages... so its sounds are directly associated to nature, instinct, wilderness... so if one decides to take Jodeling, one should deeply understand the feeling, the culture, the scenery that conceived this marvellous calls with the use of sound.
In the same way, before embarking in the ancient tradition of Indian sounds, one should learn a little bit about the subject and how the teaching has been passing for thousand of years. It hurts the most, to see more and more inmature teachers offering "indian lessons on vocal and harmonium" when they are not even familiar with the Indian music system neither the language; so they mislead people who innocently want to learn... it is a shame to take such entitlement and compromise in this way the correct passing of a tradition.
As you maybe know, in India we don't have Conservatoriums or Music Schools traditionally... because the musical culture is mostly passed from a master to a disciple... and the disciple honors the relationship deeply, fully trusting his teacher. Sometimes the father passes the knowledge to the children, or sometimes one looks for a teacher... in a certain Gharana and we feel really lucky if he/she accepts one as a student... many times he will test us before accepting us in his or her Gharana. So it is important to learn and understand a little bit about the Indian musical tradition, and find a teacher who is able to transmit properly the knowledge of music - either vocal or through any Indian instrument.
Learning Indian Music is a Process, not a Goal.
If you see learning as a process, you’ll appreciate the small victories and insights along the way.
This will drive you to constantly move forward.
Mastering Indian music requires repetition, years of practice, patience, trust, passion, love and a humble undemanding attitude, free of 'fast' expectations. This is just the nature of indian music learning - and how the music is passed from generation to generation through a teacher or our music guru, as we call him/her in India, paying him utmost respect and gratitude for sharing such a treasure.
"baithak", our teaching space in gossau, st. gallen
The true energy and tradition of India teaches "how to be a student," how to be a disciple. No tradition in India teaches "how to be a teacher" - the focus is to be a disciple: simply being in the discipline and energy of the master. Becoming a teacher is never a goal, it’s only a consequence or a by-product of being in the company of a master for many years... and maybe all of a sudden the master will tell the disciple, "now you are ready to share it." It’s not a 'certificate course,' it's the grace and blessing of the master.
This applies to all the wisdom transmitted from India along thousands of years... Music, Mantra, Yoga, Dance, Meditation, etc. One learns to be a disciple, without goals and expectation. This is very difficult in the west, but if one pursues arts and wisdom from India, one should understand it is so. When you decide to learn Indian music, you not only learn notes and techniques... you engage yourself in the whole culture, the whole tradition, the whole vibration of that music... otherwise it will just music ... lacking its soul; like a rose-plant that never blooms.