Harmonium & Mantra chanting Workshop

Datum: 18.11.2018

Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 18:30 h Uhr

Kursort: Mangalam Yoga & Ayurveda

Adresse: Obstgartenstr. 5 • 8910 Affoltern am Albis

Harmonium & Mantra chanting Workshop mit Manish Vyas. Eine Übersetzung und weitere Details folgen in den nächsten Wochen.

IN INDIA, harmonium was introduced by the missionaries who brought instruments in the 19th century. Since the instrument was portable and relatively easy to learn and handle, it became quickly popular and is being used in different genres of music across India. The hand-pump version was introduced in India since the European harmonium had a foot pedal instead This is because the foot pedals required one to sit in a chair; something which is unusual for an Indian musician - besides authentic Indian music has no chords, so there was no problem to have only one hand available to play the keys and blow the air with the other. Notice that what we see in western-mantra singers is not the real playing of harmonium for Indian music, kirtan and mantras.

THE USE OF HARMONIUM in Indian music is immense. The discovery of its affinity between reed and vocal timbre most likely was the prime motivation for singers to use and establish the harmonium as an accompanying instrument and it has actually helped people to create music. Harmonium is considered to be one of the most versatile instruments in Indian music usually used as an accompanying instrument for vocalists.However, some incredibly talented musicians, play it as a solo-instrument, such as Pandit Tulsidas Borkar from Mumbai (these style of players are extremely talented and spend a lifetime of study of Indian music and the depth of Indian ragas.) Indian music generally is melodic and usually Indian musicians don’t play cords on their instruments. When teaching in the west, Manish teaches a mix of cords and melodies (raga), to keep the Indian element alive and authentic.

MANISH VYAS who currently lives in St. Gallen, was born in Gujarat, India and as a player of harmonium since a young age where he learnt from the so-common and frequent music home-gatherings, the interaction with music Maestros (pandits) and singers like Jagjit Singh, and his own concerts and compositions; Manish leads concerts, lessons and workshops to help understand and learn the use of harmonium and its chanting practices as conceived in India and as utilized in Mantra, Ghazal, Sufi and Kirtan and other styles.

SINGING with HARMONIUM : The benefits of singing Indian devotional songs can be quite broad: it can serve as a protection from typical thought patterns; it gradually increases the awareness, it heightens the quality of thoughts, it stimulates the use of the non-reactive-neutral-mind, it balances the left and right side of the brain, it lifts the stagnant energy, it brings into a state of pleasant relaxation. Also, according to the meaning and

purpose of the mantra, as explained in Indian sacred texts, it can work or stimulate different aspects, energies and planes in a subtle way, like: clarity, intuition, protection, willpower, healing, harmonization, creativity, confidence, potentiality, focusing, etc. Manish teaches the meaning and mythology behind each mantra, the right Sanskrit pronunciation, its properties and the right musical approach, and suggestions on how to use a mantra.

General program points

Opening prayer
Introduction and story of harmonium
The use of harmonium in India
Technique basics theory and practice
Naad Shakti, the power of Indian sounds
Description of Indian singing and the true use of mantra
Introduction to singing with harmonium
Combining harmonium with singing through the teaching of different songs and mantras All-together “performance” applying the concepts taught
Questions and Answers
Closing mantra


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Harmonium mit 3¼ Oktaven

Harmonium mit 3¼ Oktaven

Gewicht ca. 7-8 kg / unser Topsaler

Reiseharmonium 2¾ Oktaven

Reiseharmonium 2¾ Oktaven

auf 440 Hz gestimmt, Gewicht ca. 5-6 kg

Reiseharmonium 3¼ Oktaven

Reiseharmonium 3¼ Oktaven

Mit ca. 6 kg auch praktisch für unterwegs

Reiseharmonium 3½ Oktaven

Reiseharmonium 3½ Oktaven

440 Hz gestimmt, ca. 8 kg

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