Underscore Records Pvt. Ltd. came into being in 2003 with a specific mission, namely, to empower artistes playing Indian music to own and share their music globally even if support for the same is not forthcoming from conventional sources. Underscore Records is an exclusive music label and website that specializes in music from India . It contains an online music store where you can source and buy various genres of Indian music presented by different artistes. Other specialty items available on the site are books and papers on music related subjects.
All copyrights for the music on the site rest in most cases with the musicians who made and recorded it, and hence revenues generated from sales also go almost entirely to the artistes.
Shubha Mudgal: Director, Underscore Records Pvt Ltd
Popular vocalist Shubha Mudgal is also one of the founders and Directors of Underscore Records Pvt Ltd. In addition to being a well known performer, Mudgal has a keen interest in internet technology and its possible use for promoting Indian music. For more details click here.
Aneesh Pradhan, Director, Underscore Records
Well known tabla player and composer Aneesh Pradhan is also one of the two founders and Directors of Underscore Records Pvt Ltd. Aneesh Pradhan has earned respect as a scholar and is involved with many projects related to music eductaion. For more details click here.
Carl Abraham, Web Development and Programming
Carl Abraham has programmed and designed the current website for Underscore Records Pvt Ltd, and is also involved with several other online projects related to Indian music. An accomplished bass guitar player, Carl Abraham is a member of the popular Delhi based band Half Step Down.
Pooja Vazirani is a student of Hindustani classical music, a Sindhi folk singer and a freelance anchor.
Underscore Records is driven by the belief that a major part of music making in India remains unheard, untapped, unrecorded and unpublished. Several streams of music that coexist in the musically vibrant Indian society are not sufficiently represented in prevailing forms of dissemination, and many musicians continue to work silently despite the severe lack of proper and sustained patronage and recognition. Underscore Records believes that there is an urgent need for creating space for all forms of music, and for musicians to empower themselves in order to find a voice of sanity in an irksome market situation.
In a bid to achieve its goals, Underscore Records performs the roles of producer, manufacturer and/or distributor. It strives to bring to its listeners quality music with excellent production values that you may not easily find on the shelves of a music store. In most cases musicians featured on the Underscore label retain their copyright over their music, thus empowering themselves as an artistic community.
Extending its role further, Underscore also makes available other music related material in the nature of books, papers, essays, articles, and photographs.
We aim at providing music from a variety of genres such as art/classical, folk and cross-cultural collaborative music, among others.
You will find audio and video recordings of both vocal and instrumental music, as well as lecture demonstrations and other educational material on music. Some of these recordings are archival or are made on location, all of which adds to the exclusivity of the music. Many of these would be considered prized possessions by collectors and music connoisseurs.
Books on music are also available on the site along with individual papers and essays. Some of these will be available in pdf format on CDs, but we also make them available in print.
Some Indian photographers have exquisite collections of their photographs of Indian performers and musicians. The site will make them available for your viewing pleasure as well as for sale.
Underscore Records also believes in updating musicians, researches, students and music lovers, with information related to many areas of music making in India . This information can be accessed in the Resources section of the site.
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- Your Use of this Site
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- Product Orders
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- Order Acceptance
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- Intellectual Property Infringement Complaints
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- LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
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- Choice of Law; Venue
Any dispute or difference between the parties hereto shall be settled by arbitration that will be subject to / governed by The Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 and all the provisions of that Act so far as applicable or of any act of legislature for the time being in force and passed any modification thereof or any substitution thereof shall apply to every reference hereunder. The Arbitrator shall be appointed or nominated by UNDERSCORE RECORDS . The language of the arbitration shall be English and the venue of arbitration shall be Mumbai, India. The Arbitrator shall have power to give interim directions and orders and also publish interim awards and award interests and costs. The courts at Mumbai shall have exclusive jurisdiction in respect of any matter concerning arbitration of disputes under this agreement.
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Any action or claim against us must be brought within one year following the date on which the claim first accrued or shall be deemed forever waived. We reserve all rights not expressly granted herein.
A printed version of these Terms and Conditions and of any related notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to these Terms and Conditions to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.
- Returns Policy:
All our shipping are done from a manufacturing facility in India and CDs are sent in specially designed boxes to avoid any transit damages. UNDERSCORE RECORDS should not be held liable for any damages to the CD cases etc. occurring at the courier's end. Also any complaints regarding replacement due to manufacturing defects will be attended only after the receipt of the original CD.
Some of the albums distributed on www.UnderscoreRecords.com are recorded on recordable CDs (CD-Rs) and hence may not play on some systems . In case you intend using the CDs bought on UNDERSCORE RECORDS.com on audio / DVD player, it is advisable to check with your audio/ DVD player manufacturer about CD-R compatibility before placing an order. Returns related to this issue will not be accepted.
- Shipping and Delivery:
UNDERSCORE RECORDS is always working to improve the quality and cost of shipping for both our Indian and international customers. For this reason, shipping rates and policies are subject to change without notice. The standard shipping time is 12 working days from the date of payment clearance. Though it may get delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, which may not be under our control. UNDERSCORE RECORDS does not guarantee any fixed delivery times once it is dispatched from our Premises.
The price of each Customised CD excludes the shipping and handling charges, which depends on the order size and the shipping location and will appear in your payment stage of the order confirmation. UNDERSCORE RECORDS is not responsible for Credit Card Companies charging anything extra for service charges etc. We would request you to check with your Credit Card Company for details regarding International transactions.
Also the CD Price includes the sales tax and central excise and customs tax as per the Government of India regulations. UNDERSCORE RECORDS will not be responsible for any local taxes/duties levied by the country of your residence for our shipments.
Underscore Records Pvt Ltd would like to thank the following:
All the musicians, indie labels, producers, authors, designers and film makers who have joined hands with us,
The Ford Foundation for its generous support and backing,
Mrs and Mr M.K. Modi who have supported Underscore Records from its inception in 2003.