Manny Elias (born in 1953) is an Indian-born English drummer, notable for being the original drummer with Tears for Fears during the 1980s. Originally a member of the rock band Interview from Bath, Somerset. Elias began working with Tears For Fears in 1982 and drummed on the albums The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair, as well as participating in their subsequent tours. Elias is credited as an official member of Tears for Fears on those two albums, and appears in six of the band's promotional videos from that era. In addition to this, he has co-writing credits on "The Way You Are" and "The Working Hour". After parting ways with Tears for Fears in 1986, Elias has provided percussion on albums from such artists as Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill and Julian Lennon. Calcutta Jews in the twentieth century were very interested in Western music and contributed both to classical as well as popular music.
Manny was named after his grandfather Emmanuel Elias. He was the son of Basil and Queenie, Queenie came from a Anglo-Indian railway family in Asansol (McCloghlin, and had Irish and Indian roots). The Elias family home was on 7 Loudon Street and when Basil got married they moved to a rented bungalow at 6/1 Moira Street, now Mangal Deep. Basil was an avid racer and his horse, Desert Fire, won the Monsoon Cup in 1964 and it holds the Indian bred record for the 1800 meters. The Elias family owned a lot of property in Calcutta in Alipore. Manny went to La Martiniere and the family emigrated to London in the early sixties.
Manny has many fond memories of his childhood in Calcutta.