Renowned Santoor maestro Pandit Satish Vyas, blessed with a formidable musical background and training, thanks to both his father and his guru, continues to build an outstanding reputation as a soloist on the Santoor (hammered dulcimer). His first fortune was to be born the son of Padma Bhushan (Late) Pandit C. R. Vyas, one of the most respected vocalists on the Indian music scene, a fine and highly knowledgeable performer who was the young Satish’s first teacher. His second fortune was to be accepted as a disciple by the great legend Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma – a man so identified with his instrument that classical Indian Santoor playing is unthinkable without Shiv Kumar Sharma’s contribution to the art.
Before taking the decision to make music his profession, Satish Vyas had completed his education with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in science & Management Studies, and even begun to establish a career in the business world. This background is no doubt of use to him in his work as a major and one of the most successful organisers of classical music festivals in India, and indeed as Artistic Director of Navras Records in India.
Pandit Satish Vyas has been a regular concert artist for the last more than 30 years or so, performing and recording all over the world, more extensively in the USA, UK & Europe, Japan and Australasia. In 1997, he was the only non-Western instrumentalist invited to perform in Venice, Italy at the “Mostra Mozart Festival”, organised by the prestigious European Mozart Foundation. Vyas had also manifested his versatility by performing as a “guest musician” with the Jazz / World Music Fusion Group, “Silk” accompanying the renowned vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, the Percussion maestro Shivamani, well known Composer /Pianist / Keyboard artiste Louis Banks and Karl Peters (Bass Guitar) at a Barbican Centre concert in London few years back. He also had the privilege of performing at the world famous EDINBURGH Festival in Scotland.
Pandit Satish Pandit Satish Vyas has a number of recordings to his credit with labels such as UK-based Navras Records, Music Today, Times Music, BMG Crescendo and Sony Music. Recently Sony Music has released an album titled RESONANCE which is partly composed by Satish Vyas along with 3 Boston ( USA ) based American Musicians.
Satish Vyas has been decorated with many awards and few of which are mentioned below.
The Government Of India has honoured Pandit Satish Vyas with Padma Shri in 2003.
He is also bestowed upon with “ Kumar Gandharva Rashtriya Sanman” by Kumar Gandharva Foundation, Mumbai in 2010.
Recently in January 2015 Satish Vyas was honored with the prestigious Award SWARSAGAR SANGEET PURASKAR by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.
On February 28 , 2015 Satish Vyas was presented with the prestigious ” GURU MADAN LAL KOSER-GURU SHOBHA KOSER AWARD” by the premier Institution “Pracheen Kala Kendra” of Chandigarh at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.