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YOGA MAGAZINE UK: "SOUND AND MANTRA" by Manish Vyas 7.2020

"THE GOAL OF PERFORMANCE ARTS SINCE MILLENNIA IN INDIA, INCLUDING MUSIC, HAS NEVER BEEN ENTERTAINMENT; BUT ULTIMATELY HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO LET THE SPECTATOR EXPERIENCE HIS OWN CONSCIOUSNESS, SEE AND FEEL THE SPIRITUAL VALUES INNATE IN HIM, AND RISE TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS." Manish  Vyas

 

(Link below for full article) Published 7.2020 : YOGA Magazine, London UK | Online Magazine

INTERVIEW: The Science of Mantra and sacred music from India, YOGA AKTUELL Magazine 6.2020

The authentic tradition of Mantra and sacred music from India

 

“This is an ancient culture of more than ten thousand years, with roots in spirituality and inspired by wise and enlightened beings, who have been able to touch spaces in the most hidden corners of sound, allowing to unfold its natural powers when rightly applied.“

 

Manish Vyas is composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and has produced a wide range of albums. Many also know him from his concerts, workshops, retreats and teaching of Mantra, singing, Harmonium. Born and raised in India, Manish has recently moved to Switzerland where he lives with his wife. He studied with some of the most masterly Indian musicians and spiritual teachers. Manish says about his path: “The musical journey helps the spiritual journey and vice versa. They are complementary.”


We talked with him about certain issues with the Mantra and sacred Indian music in the West such as poor presentation of the authentic tradition, lack of proper musical elements in context with Mantra, dilution due to mispronunciation as well as distortion of the real purpose. We asked him to give some basic insights into the actual essence of this science and sacred Indian music.

 

YOGA AKTUELL: Manish, you are currently working on a documentary movie which will be out by the end of this year. Can you tell us what it is about?

Manish Vyas: I came to realize that many people related to Yoga in the West have an immense interest in Mantra. But seeing how this tradition is represented, I think it is about time to introduce people to the authentic sound and understanding of this tradition. It is much more than what the west knows so far. When one grows up in a certain culture, one clearly has the feeling of what the cultural elements are like and if one has been a student of a tradition, one knows this even much more in depth. So when you go to another continent and you see that your traditions or culture are presented in a distorted way, in a “weird” way, then you are simply stunned what is being presented in the name of Mantra, Kirtan and Indian sacred music.

SPUREN MAGAZINE: Article: "The first and the last Sound" by Manish Vyas

There is a reason why when a thousand trained Sanskrit priests chant Vedic texts for a certain purpose, the energy created through it is so condensed, powerful and amazing that the immediate space as well as everyone in the vicinity will be affected by the vibrations of these voices and if one is open and receptive, it can transit the listener to a total different realm.

This article was published in Spuren Magazin Switzerland on 3.2020 edition.

You can find the link to the full article here on the Blog.

ESPRIT MAGAZINE Revue Ananda-Nada album, France 3.2020

YOGA CHILL

He is the master of Santoor. From this traditional-instrument which resembles a Zither on a table, Manish creates bewitching pieces. By adding his voice, the strings of the Sitar and Violin, the musician sets for us the decor of an attractive and sacred India. Ananda Nada, his twentieth album is a boarding-pass to the placid banks of the river Ganges. One can play it to practice yoga (its melodies unfold the sensations of pranayam), accompany the day at home or simply once when things are not going so smooth. Find his concerts and teachings online, from the mountains of Switzerland where he resides. www.manishvyas.com  -- esprit YOGA France No. 55, 5.2020

ORIGINAL:

Il est le maître du Santoor. De cet instrument traditionnel pas très séduisant, qui ressemble à une cithare sur table, Manish crée des mélopées envoûtantes. En y posant sa voix et les cordes du sitar et du violon, le musicien plante pour nous le décor d’une Inde séduisante et sacrée. Ananda Nada, son vingtième album est une carte d’embarquement pur les rives placides du Gange. À écouter pour pratiquer le yoga (ses morceaux déploient les sensations du pranayama), accompagner une journée chez soi ou simplement quand ça  ne va pas. Retrouvez  ses concerts et ses enseignements en ligne, depuis les montagnes de Suisse où il réside. www.manishvyas.com  -- esprit YOGA France, 3.2020

AUSTRALIAN YOGA MAGAZINE, 3.2020

Review Published of Album Ananda Nada, on the March-May edition of Yoga Life Magazine Australia.

SPUREN MAGAZINE, 3.2020

One instrument – two very different ways of playing them: The Kanun is said to have found its way a thousand years ago from the Byzantine Empire to us, where it has been well established as Hackbrett in the folk-music up to today; Santoor, which is an instrument played with two wooden-sticks, went from the Sufis from Persia to India, where it was given a permanent place in classical music as well as being incorporated in the hymn-calls of the Islamic mystics. Manish Vyas, who has been living in Eastern Switzerland for a few years, took up the Santoor with new enthusiasm when he encountered the Hackbrett in Appenzeller folk music. On Ānanda Nāda (www.manishvyas.com), his twentieth CD, the versatile Indian musician combines Santoor with plenty of resonance in bountiful swinging loops with Sitar, Tabla, Duduk, Violin and vocals, to create a catchy, rich meditation music. | Martin Frischknecht, editor of Spuren Magazine, Switzerland 3.2020

YOGA DAS MAGAZIN, Switzerland 3.2020

Connection to the Core

Manish Vyas. Ananda Nada, Blissful sounds of Santoor. Time: 59‘15 Euro. Found on: www.manishvyas.com or musik platforms online

On his latest CD, the Indian musician Manish Vyas takes us on a joyful and deeply relaxing journey. The soulful music, led by a Santoor (an instrument from Kashmir, which is similar to the dulcimer) brings you from the first note to a state of absolute peace, joyful calm and confidence. The eight songs with their melodies based Ragas, the basic melodic structure of classical Indian music, are a balm for the soul contributing to the fact that one automatically connects oneself with one's inner being. And it doesn't matter whether you listen to the music during cooking, driving, meditation, or during a tranquil yoga class.

The musician and composer, who is now living in Switzerland, is proud to bring the rich Indian music tradition closer to people in the West. And he particularly wants to contribute with his music so that the listeners can come into contact with themselves. He says: “In ancient India, music had always been considered sacred, as a means of connecting with the highest. That’s why music was one of the best offerings to deities in the temples. Indian music has this incredible capacity to create gaps of silence, which connects us with what is known as Anāhat Nāda - the unstruck sound - where everything has begun and where everything dissolves. ”  Karin Reber, Yoga Das Magazin 3.2020

Ref: www.manishvyas.com/ananda-nada

YOGA AKTUELL 8.2019 Germany

Many practitioners have experience with meditation music and also with asana practice combined with sound, which has been tried out by most. Music which serves as accompaniment for the yogic breathing exercises, is probably unknown to many. Years ago, Manish Vyas composed music for Pranayam, with his gentle, inspiring and authentic approach to Indian music, though so far it had only been available on his website. Now it is available on all major music platforms. The compositions, which are finely tuned to the practice of Pranayam and specifically support the practitioners, are a true journey of discovery that one can embrace with confidence. Manish Vyas has been practicing Pranayam for more than 20 years himself and has captured the qualities and effects of the different techniques as well as having been able to create perfectly matching sound compositions. For this he has used breathing techniques such as Ujjayi, Bhastrika, Anulom-Vilom, Kapalabhati, etc. In the end, a Shanti Mantra leads deep into the spirit of silence. The album is an absolute enrichment for the Pranayam practice - at least this is my personal feeling, reflected as well in the praising feedbacks of other enthusiastic practitioners. Nina Haisken | Yoga Aktuell 8.2019

ORIGINAL:

Mit Meditationsmusik haben viele Praktizierende Erfahrung, und auch Asana-Praxis in Verbindung mit Klang haben die meisten schon ausprobiert. Musik, die speziell als Begleitung für die yogischen Atemübungen dient, dürfte hingegen vielen bislang unbekannt sein. Schon vor Jahren komponierte Manish Vyas, dessen behutsamer, inspirierter und authentischer Zugang zu indischer Musik für Pranayam, doch bislang war sie nur direkt auf seiner Website zu hören. Jetz ist sie über alle grossen Musikplattformen erhältlich. Die Kompositionen, die fein auf die Pranayama-Praxis abgestimmt sind und den Praktizierenden spezifisch dabei unterstützen, sind eine wahre Endeckungsreise, auf die man sich vertrauensvoll einlassen kann. Manish Vyas praktiziert selbst seit mehr als 20 Jahren Pranayama und hat die Qualitäten und Wirkungen der verschiedenen Techniken so genau erfasst, dass er perfekt damit korrespondierende Klangkompositionen erschaffen konnte. Dafür hat er die heute geläufstigen Techniken wie Ujjayi, Bhastrika, Anuloma-Viloma, Kapalabhati u.a. ausgewählt. Zum Abschluss führt ein Shanti Mantra nochmals tief in die Geisteruhe. Das Album ist, so sagt zumindest mein persönliches Empfinden, und so spiegeln es auch die lobenden Feedbacks anderer begeisterter Anwender wider, eine absolute Bereicherung für die Pranayama-Praxis. Nina Haisken | Yoga Aktuell 8.2019

YOGA AKTUELL, Germany 4.2019

Authenticity is a big concern for Manish Vyas - especially with regard to the handling of the Indian Mantra tradition and with Indian music. The multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer who learned to play tabla with Ustad Allarakha, et al., is deeply rooted in the tradition and in its essence. One can feel this in his works - even if one does not know exactly about it and even if one can’t tell intellectually the difference to much of what has become known in the West under the term "mantra music;" one experiences it in the feeling that this music leaves behind, and in the fine mental state triggered, or the inner state of being that the music is able to bring. When Manish Vyas infuses Mantras with music, in order to further enhance their subtle effects - knowing that Mantras not necessarily need music in order to unfold their purpose - then he does it with an attitude of full respect choosing with great care the appropriate melodies, instruments and rhythms. Based on Indian Ragas and with the exclusive collaboration of truly virtuoso instrumentalists, one can call the album Mangalam a musical blessing - the title describes the intention that unfolds and manifests with each sound. - Nina Haisken for Yoga Aktuell, Germany 4.2019

OMNIA MAGAZINE, Liechtenstein, 2019

Mantras connect you with your soul. The new CD Mangalam by the Indian composer and multi-instrumentalist Manish Vyas is a beautiful piece of indian fusion music for inner alignment. ‘Auspicious’ means the name Mangalam, and that's how these songs sound. They go direct to the heart and embrace the body and soul. When one listens to this soulful music, one inevitably asks oneself, where the spiritual roots of the musicians lie. Among other things, Manish had been responsible for the music department at the Osho Ashram in Pune. His new CD gives goose-bumps and it’s a heart-opening sound experience. -- Manuela Immler for OMNIA

SPUREN MAGAZINE, Switzerland, 12.2018

ENTERING INTO THE NEW

Here comes the soundtrack for the start of the New Year: Mangalam, the new mantra collection of the richly-blessed-with-talents Indian musician, Manish Vyas. The round begins with an invocation of Ganesha, the elephant-head God of knowledge and wisdom, who acts as guardian of the new beginnings. It’s followed by hymns to Brahma and Ram and his companion Sita. After a heartfelt prayer to be guided from darkness to light, the foundation for the title song has been set: Mangalam stands for the desire for a promising new beginning under the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

 

As always with Manish Vyas, his CD impresses with plenty of substance and we can be sure that he intones these sacred sounds as they were received by the Rishis millennia ago. On this depends the effectiveness of a mantra. Manish's velvety voice, his inviting melodies and the use of a West-Eastern instrumentation make his music extremely accessible and to take immediately. The swiss-german mantra for it: guets Neus! (Good News!) MF

 

 

Martin Frischknecht for SPUREN MAGAZINE 12.2018

AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE magazine, 12.2018

"Beautifully composed Indian melodies, keeping the true essence and natural healing power of the mantras and Sanskrit sounds."―Australian Yoga Life Magazine Dec. 2018, album Mangalam, music reviews

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OSHO NEWS ONLINE MAGAZINE, UK

TOGGENBURGER ZEITUNG, Oct 2018

Es wird ein ganz besonderer Abend mit einem ganz besonderen Konzert. Soviel war klar im Vorfeld. Es wird indisches Essen geben, indische Musik, indisches Flair im Chössi und pure Entspannung. Manish Vyas, ein Geheimtipp für die 

Meisten, besucht Lichtensteig und bringt seine Musik mit. Für einige Fans der indischen Musik war das innere Aufforderung genug, ins Toggenburg zu reisen. In der Tat, vor dem Chössi standen nicht nur Autos aus St.

Gallen, sondern auch aus Zürich und Luzern. Es war also nicht nur das typische Chössi Publikum aus dem Toggenburg da, sondern auch welches von ausserhalb, wahrscheinlich sogar die Mehrheit.

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YOGA! DAS MAGAZIN, Switzerland, 2018

“Mangalam” auspicious in Sanskrit, is the name given by the Indian musician Manish Vyas to his newest CD. In fact, the mantras, kirtans, and religious songs are a balm for the soul and lead to an absolutely relaxed atmosphere. Together with well-known Indian musicians, the musician, who now lives in Switzerland, has recorded seven songs that echo all that is considered auspicious in India: deities, days to marry, rain, peacocks, drums or rivers.

 

Based on these traditions these soulful melodies emerged, which are based on the structure of classical Indian music and spread a positive energy. Accordingly, the songs fit very well into a cozy yoga class or as a nice way to slow down after a hard day and go back to your own self.

 

Karin Reber, Yoga The Magazine Switzerland 10.2018

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“Mangalam” glückverheissend auf Sanskrit, hat der indische Musiker Manish Vyas seine neuste CD genannt. Tatsächlich sind die Mantras, Kirtans und religiösen Lieder Balsam für die Seele und führen zu einer absolut entspannten Atmosphäre. Zusammen mit andesehenen indischen Musikern hat der inzwischen in der Schweiz lebende Musiker sieben Lieder eingespielt, die an all das erinern, was in Indien als glücksverheissend andgesehen wird: Gottheiten, Tage an denen geheiratet wird, Regen, Pfaue, Trommeln oder Flüsse.

 

Auf diesen Traditionen basierend entstanden die gefühlvollen Melodien, die auf der Struktur der klassischen indischen Musik beruhen und eine positive Energie verbreiten. Entsprechend gut passen die Lieder in eine wuhige Yogastunde oder sind eine schöne Möglichkeit, nach einem anstrengenden Tag herunterzufahren und bei sich anzukommen.

 

Karin Reber, Yoga Das Magazin Schweiz 10.2018

 

AHMEDABAD NEWS, July 2018

YOGA AKTUELL MAGAZINE, Germany, 2018

Natürlich und spontan, mit einem intuitiven, ja, geradezu instinktiven Wissen um die ewigen Gesetze hinter der Existenz gesegnet und unmittelbar aus der Essenz agierend, so könnte man einen Sahaj Atma  beschreiben. Diese ursprünglichen Qualitäten des Selbstes, die ihm unter allen Konditionierungen und Überstülpungen stets erhalten bleiben, möchte Manish Vyas mit den sieben Tracks seines neusten Albums in Erinnerung rufen und stärken. Die Feinfühligkeit, das spirituelle Gespür und die grossen musikalischen Fähigkeiten, die schon seine vorherigen Werke auszeichneten, entfalten auch hier wieder ihre ganze sanfte Kraft. Erneut wird Manish auf Sahaj Atma von verschiedenen Co-Musikern begleitet, die das Klangbild mit ihren traditionellen indischen Instrumenten wunderbar vervollständigen. 

Nina Haisken, Yoga Aktuell Deutschland

 

 

Natural and spontaneous, blessed with an intuitive, almost instinctive knowledge of the eternal laws behind existence and acting directly from the essence - this is how one could describe the term Sahaj Atma. These original qualities of the Self, which always remain, even with all the conditioning and masks, are brought in remembrance by Manish Vyas, along the seven tracks on this latest album. The sensitivity, the spiritual gift and the great musical abilities that characterized his previous works, gently unfold here once again their entire power. On Sahaj Atma Manish is again accompanied by various co-musicians who wonderfully complete the soundscape with their traditional Indian instruments.

ROTTERDAM NEWS, Netherlands 3.2018

The local newspaper from Rotterdam, Netherlands reviewing and recommending the concert in this city of 23//3/2018. 

ONE SPIRIT MAGAZINE Deutschland, 2018

Was qualifiziert einen Musiker zum Mantra-Saenger?

Original title: "Being a Musician doesn't qualify to be a mantra singer" by Manish Vyas

DESIYUP, Netherlands 2018

During my Skype-conversation with Manish Vyas, he told me that our world is in need of sattvic-music. According Hindu mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik people who have a strong sattva-guna personality feel the need to outgrow their fears by helping others and during this process they realize they have a mind of their own. Sattva-guna music is sensitive, it allows to introspect and by analyzing the deeper meaning of mantra-music one can experience a change in mindset and feelings.

OSHO NEWS Online Magazine, UK 11.2017

The melodies or ragas, combined by the various Indian instruments are unique and not found elsewhere in other mantra CDs – and maybe that is a key point: this music is unique and genuine.

YOGA JOURNAL, Germany 9.2017

Let it be light. “If stillness, candles flickering, incense burning, meditators in devotion and prayer had a sound this would be it.” this was said by someone who can be considered an expert in spiritual sound (Deva Premal) Manish Vyas’ travel companions, including Miten (see page 28, Deva+Miten interview). The music of this Indian Mantra artist (Manish Vyas) a combination that actually illuminates the album title with sounds of Sitar, Bansuri, Violin, Tabla, Harmonium and other traditional instruments,  which is suitable both for practice as well as uplifting - and elevating - ‘Easy Listening’ -- Lesen, Sehen, Hoeren YOGA JOURNAL DE

ESPRIT YOGA MAGAZINE, France, 2017

MANTRAS TO ILLUMINATE THE SOUL You are your best guru, your best teacher, the answers are within you. The album by Manish Vyas inspired by this affirmation refers to the nature of the mantras that he chose to share with his audience. A blissful journey through these ancient powerful mantras accompanied by the classic instruments from India: sitar, bansuri, tabla, harmonium. Sahaj Atma, Manish Vyas. www.manishvyas.com  (Esprit Yoga Magazine, France 9.2017)

AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE, 2017

YOU ARE YOUR BEST GURU, YOUR BEST TEACHER. This music travels through a simple but delightfull landscape of ancient powerful mantras.  A compilation of sacred songs, which can be nicely and effectively played during sadhana, meditation, relaxation, yoga.  READ WHOLE ARTICLE

OMNIA MAGAZIN, Switzerland 8.2017

"There is music that is able to achieve a special, crystal-clear atmosphere, where everything around becomes silent; the thoughts take a break and there is peace. Then, music can be heard with a special power. Manish Vyas succeeds in this with this Mantra CD in fusion style, that goes perfectly for Yoga practice or during sunset in the backyard." OMNIA Magazin zur Bewusstwerdung 8.17    A magazine to raise consciousness. www.omnia-magazin.com

SPIRITUALITY & HEALTH MAGAZINE, USA, 2016

Music Review: Atma Bhakti – Spirituality & Health Magazine, reviewed by Damon Orion

Atma Bhakti, Manish Vyas
 

In much the same way that spiritual teachers use words to point to the inexpressible, Indian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist/composer Manish Vyas strives to use music to point toward silence. His latest release finds him incorporating voice, swarmandal (Indian harp), tanpura, keyboards, and Buddhist bells into prayers and devotional mantras that reflect the teachings he has received from some of his native country’s most celebrated musicians, as well as from the gurus Osho and Gurudev.

Atma Bhakti consists of two main tracks, each one approximately a half-hour long. The first of these, “Atma,” is a chant for happiness, well-being, peace, prosperity, and health, while the second, “Bhakti,” is a call to the Higher Self as embodied by Shiva. The latter track’s chant of “Shivaya namaha om, shivaya namaha, shivaya namaha om, namaha shivaya” is enriched by some lush harmonies from choir vocalists Jay Dave, Krishna Jani, and Singdha Pious. In both songs, the bamboo flute playing of Milind Date fills much of the space between vocals.

As an epilogue of sorts, Atma Bhakti ends with approximately five minutes of Vedic chanting that combines various prayers traditionally offered to deities by devotees in Hindu temples. While the chanting here is more energetic than on the previous two tracks, the song ends on a tranquil note, with Vyas sending the listener back to shore on a gentle instrumental wave. 

LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS MAGAZINE, USA

"These mantras bestow peace and purity, creating a perfect atmosphere for meditation, yoga, healing and deep relaxation" ...  Light of Consciousness Magazine, about the review of the last mantra album, Sahaj Atma. Summer 2017 edition  

 

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INDIA TODAY Magazine

When you think of water in India, you think of the Ganges. Maybe because it symbolises everlasting purity. In this album, German musician Prem Joshua and santoor player Manish Vyas take the listener on a journey down the Ganges of the inner being. Album

The track Trust has been inspired by a story of a pilgrim who is afraid to bathe in the Ganges. He then sees a sadhu taking a plunge and being washed away by the current. The sadhu grasps a steel chain hanging from a bridge and climbs to the bank, still singing praises of Shiva.

What stands out is the imaginative use of sitar and santoor in the jugalbandi. All the compositions have a meditative pattern ranging from soft to rhythmic and highly energetic. Flow with the tones.

Water Down the Ganges

COMMON GROUND MAGAZINE, USA

"Simply listen - The music will subtly do its own work."

by LLOYD BARDE, Music Editor, Common Ground Magazine

SPUREN Magazine, Switzerland

This voice - regardless of what he´s singing, and i would still listen. 'You are loved, feel comforted, in my arms you shall be saved.' They are Indian Mantras that Manish Vyas chants with great reverberation, through simple arrangements joined by guitar, sitar, bansuri-flute. And naturally, this exceptional musician knows very well what he's singing here - the piece Sahaj Atma, for example, evokes  the true natural state of being met through the ultimate liberation in the end of the spiritual path - Anyway, I don't need this to understand, I listen to each single tone, and that is enough to feel fulfilled. Spuren, Das Leben Neu Entdecken - Sommer 2017, No. 124.

YOGA JOURNAL, July 2017

Secret of Love, is a recent release from the musician from India, Manish Vyas. In the Yoga scene, the composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Gujarat, has gotten mostly known through the music done together with Prem Joshua, Snatam Kaur or Deva Premal.

 

Seven wonderful tracks - breathtaking and powerful from the first to the last tone, celebrating ‘love’ in all of its forms. Qawwali (a Sufi singing style from Punjab) and Ghazal poetry, are influences that are found in this album, as well as elements from the Indian folk music. Also, the diversity of the instruments used is extensive: santoor, sarangi, dholak, tabla and bansuri-flute, but also violin, keyboards and bass can be heard along the songs.

 

A profoundly mystic album, that compared to some of his previous works, such us Healing Ragas or Atma Bhakti, once again open a new dimension to the musical mastery and spiritual spectrum offered by Manish Vyas.

 

And by the way, end of May his new album is being released: Sahaj Atma, Mantras that illuminate the Soul.

Nina Heisken  for Yoga Aktuell, Germany - June-July 2017 Magazine edition

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