The Music Room
In 1958, after completing the first two parts of his landmark Apu Trilogy, legendary Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray directed JALSAGHAR (THE MUSIC ROOM). Based on a story by Tarasankar Banerjee, it brilliantly evoked the crumbling opulence of a fallen aristocrat (beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of life. The greatest joy of this aging zamindar (feudal landlord) is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years—now a shadow of its former vivid self. Featuring the music of Ulstad Vilayat Khan, this powerful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men unfolds like an ancient fable or proverb. With its incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, this defining work has now been digitally restored and has new and improved English subtitles.
India, 1958, In Bengali with English subtitles, 99 min, Directed by Satyajit Ray