On this soulful collection of a master album offering mantra music from ancient wise India, multi-instrumentalist Manish Vyas displays a splendid musical sensibility, allowing the listener to absorb the true essence of sacred Indian music, from beginning to end.
Voice and rich compositions based on ancient mantras and tarana, reflect a natural intuition for crafting dynamic soundscapes from traditional devotional prayers from India.
Sattva invokes the silent, serene space that awaits beyond our mind.
'This CD provides an enticing balance of chant, world music, and soothing trance sounds. Subtly hypnotic, the flowing rhythms of this music are perfectly placed to draw the listener in further with each ensuing track."
I play your CD "sattva" over and over again! it puts me in a meditative trance instantly. your voice is rich, sultry and magnetic - i love the middle-eastern talents which your voice so effortlessly produces. -- margaret, kundalini yoga instructor, boston, USA
It happened that while browsing, i came across your music, i must say its just wonderful. i loved the album 'SATTVA'. i loved the song 'SHIVOHAM' , i have no words to describe it . your music is really soothing and different, brings peace to both mind and body.
-- arnesh rai, INDIA
I had this CD for a few years now, and only now i write this review... because it is still part of the music i listen to and fills my space with newer loving sensations each time. this music has been with me in a concert, in the house while doing yoga or meditating, around the kids who also love it, in the ipod while walking through the snow or by the seashore, during sunrise... it has always joined the spirit of the moment... silently, accompanying whatever was happening. very, very balancing and beautiful... you can never be disappointed, no matter what is your particular style. -- vanesa, argentina
I am surgeon based in mumbai....i love your music to the extent that it has inspired me to learn music. i'd love to learn from you of course,. you are an inspiration. -- pavan shivnani, mumbai, INDIA.
Amazing, it takes me deeper and deeper, pure Bhakti, thank you -- monika, germany
This brings peace so quickly when my mind is troubled. Gratitude -- teena, UK
I listened 1000 of times “tumi bhaja re mana” -- majur, India
A prolific contribution to the yoga music world
On this debut CD, Indian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Manish Vyas reveals a mature, fully realized approach to the challenges of sustaining spiritual and musical integrity while fusing traditional and modern sensibilities. Vyas and his many collaborators (including Prem Joshua and producer Raj Rishi) judiciously apply electronica effects and synthesizer atmospherics to sutras, mantras and original chants, yielding gorgeously embellished melodies and gently loping rhythms that soothe frayed nerves and elevate the spirit.
Having studied classical tabla with the late master Ustad Alla Rakha, Vyas moved on to the hundred-string hammered dulcimer-like santoor and, eventually, harmonium, piano and electric keyboard. He brings all those instruments to bear in seven pieces lushly textured with bamboo flute, strings, sitar, bass, drums, percussion, and male and female vocals.
The performances range from intricately arranged renditions of sutras and chants to Vyas' breathtakingly simple vocal-and-keyboard improvisation "Karuna." suitable for accompanying all kinds of contemplative practices, Sattva is pleasure as pure listening.
As more artists begin to create music faithfully based on ancient sacred texts and musical traditions while incorporating contemporary instrumental and technological innovations, a new genre is emerging--call it "devotional pop."
and if it endures, we may come to regard manish vyas as one of its most convincing avatars.
-- Derk Richardson, Yoga Journal, January/February 2004