The Music Room

The Music Room

Satyajit Ray (1958)

U Certificate


Our Score
In addition to scripting the majority of his pictures, Bengali director Satyajit Ray also regularly composed the soundtracks. Few films better showcased his command of Indian music than this poignant tale of an aristocrat who spends everything he has on a concert to serenade a passing age. There is much to admire in Chhabi Biswas's mournful performance and the way in which Ray maintains the delicate balance between progress and decay. But you really need an ear for Indian classical music to fully appreciate this, Ray's fourth feature, which lacks the cohesion of his best work.


A wealthy landowner lives in the decadent manner of his ancestors, throwing lavish parties which feature performances by the finest musicians and dancers in the region. However, his lifestyle rapidly eats into his inherited wealth, while changes in the country render his place in society obsolete. Satyajit Ray's musical drama, starring Chhabi Biswas and Padma Devi. In Bengali.

Cast & Crew

Bishwambar Roy Chhabi Biswas
Roy's wife Padmadevi
Khoka Pinaki Sengupta
Manager of Roy's estate Tulsi Lahiri
Director Satyajit Ray

Other Information

Language: Hindi +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Contemporary Films LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Music