Bansuri, a simple flute fashioned from bamboo, is the chosen instrument of the mythical Krishna; when it touches his lips, it unites all listeners in joyful love. As an eight-year-old boy in Kathmandu, Manose, too, was seduced by the sound of the bansuri one night when an auspicious breeze wafted its song through his bedroom window. In the following years, his love and devotion for this instrument have made his name synonymous with bansuri.
Guru Madan Dev Bhatta, a disciple of Ustad Bishmilallah Khan, initiated Manose into the study of classical raga music, often known as North Indian classical music. From the demanding study of raga, Manose has acquired technical mastery and an astonishing ability to improvise. At the same time, we find him wonderfully free to draw inspiration from wherever he finds it. His ability to apply the charms of the bansuri flute and his own style of playing to many different kinds of music have initiated a new recognition and popularity for his ancient instrument.
Manose has released five solo CDs and tours the world annually with renowned artists Deva Premal and Miten. Fans of bhakti yoga and kirtan music may also recognize his playing on releases by Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, MC Yogi and many more as well as his work with yogis Gurmukh, John Friend, and Shiva Rea. He has also collaborated with other musical greats such as bluegrass’ Peter Rowan, tabla maestro Swapan Chowdary, John Densmore of the Doors, The New Maihar Band (an ensemble created by Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan), and the Chicago Children’s Choir and has contributed to several acclaimed documentary movie scores. After 25 years of spreading his Krishna energy to every corner of the globe, it is Manose’s ongoing pleasure to be Nepal’s musical and peace ambassador to the world.