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Shubha on the record

art-and-culture Updated: Apr 30, 2009 18:51 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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It’s rather interesting to have a songstress talk business. But as much as she loves discussing it, she envelopes it all with a laugh, “I have no sense of how to run it though.” In the capital recently to perform at a charity show, the golden-voiced singer, Shubha Mudgal said she’s all for promoting budding talent, but can’t help fetch them gigs.

“The artistes that I, along with my husband Aneesh Pradhan, feature on our online record label, Underscore, are relatively new to the circuit. We’ve provided them with a platform but won’t want to ‘manage’ them. They have to do that themselves,” she declares.

Doing her bit to bolster the newbies through one, she says independent labels are the way to the future. This especially after her acclaimed festival Gaaja Baaja (which she hopes to make do annually) garnered.

“Starting a label can be a nightmare, more so if you run it without any corporate support (and sitting in Pahar Ganj, like she does), but it certainly helps cut the commercial clutter. Also, it’s extremely satisfying for me as an artiste to be able to help those who need the much-exigent push in the right direction. One of the artistes on the label recently got an opportunity to perform at an international concert through the website,” she says.

Pluck her work tangent and she says, “I’m not too keen on Bollywood. I’ve only sung two songs for Nandita Das’ Firaaq recently. Besides that, I haven’t taken up any new film work,” she confides. Albums, too, aren’t taking shape either. Though the era of musical greats hasn’t passed us by yet, she feels.

Neo-age rhythm-aholics dying to sample Shubha’s thumri with her son and Half Step Down rocker Dhaval’s electric vocals, may just be disappointed too. “I don’t think we’ll ever work together. He consults me on acts that want to be featured on the label, but nothing beyond that,” she informs. Damn, that’s sad.