Born in the family of music lovers, Manish was introduced to Indian classical music by his mother. After a few years of learning basics of classical vocal, he started his initial training in Indian slide guitar from Late Shri Vishnu Waliwadekar. Manish is currently under the tutelage of USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ, the famous sitar maestro of Itawa gharana.
A strong urge to create quality music and rich sound, Manish experimented with altering the string arrangements and varying his playing techniques. Inspired by Masters like and Pt. Brijbhushan Kabra, Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt, and Taalim and blessings from his Gurus, Manish developed a unique right hand picking style, blending it with powerful left hand slides. His mastery over the development of a Raga and the intricacies of Taal comes from the years he spent studying with his Guru, the sitar maestro, Ustad Shahid Parvez.
With my Guruji, Shahid ParvezManish was awarded the Title ‘SURMANI’ by Sur Sringar Samsad, Mumbai. Manish is an artist of All India Radio and Television. He has won many accolades performing Solos, Duets and Fusion concerts, collaborating with fellow musicians from India and also international musicians like Blues legend Michael Messer and Saxophone maestro George Brooks. Manish has recorded music albums with International maestros like Hector Zazou (France), and a trio album with Michael Messer (UK) and Gurdain Singh Rayatt.
Manish has collaborated with The Frementle orchestra, Perth, and have performed at the City of Canning Festival 2014. Manish, along with The Blues legend Michael Messer, performed in BLUES TO BOP Festival Lugano, Switzerland. Besides performing in many prestigious music festivals in India, Manish has also performed in various countries like Spain, UK, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, Sweden, France, and China.
Manish is a highly qualified sound engineer from the prestigious film school of India, FTII, Pune. With his knowledge of sound and music, Manish is frequently invited to film schools to conduct workshops. Manish has also worked on various feature films (Life of Pi, Eat pray love) and documentary projects as a sound engineer.