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Director:
Writers:
Tarashankar Banerjee (based on the story by)
Satyajit Ray (script)
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Release Date:
1958 (India) See more »
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Plot:
Biswambhar Roy is a zamindar (landlord) and the last of his kind. With the title, he has none of the perquisites... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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(17 articles)
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Europalia Arts Festival to focus on Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt & Anurag Kashyap
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Cast

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Chhabi Biswas ... Huzur Biswambhar Roy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sardar Akhtar ... Singer (as Begum Akhtar)
Gangapada Basu ... Mahim Ganguly
Bismillah Khan ... Musician
Salamat Ali Khan ... Khyal singer
Waheed Khan ... Ustad Ujir Khan (as Ostad Wahed Khan)
Roshan Kumari ... Krishna Bai, dancer
Tulsi Lahiri ... Manager of Roy's Estate
Tarapada Nandy
Padmadevi ... Mahamaya, Roy's wife (as Padma Devi)
Kali Sarkar ... Roy's Servant
Pinaki Sengupta ... Khoka, Roy's Son
Pratap Mukherjee ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Satyajit Ray 
 
Writing credits
Tarashankar Banerjee (based on the story by) (as Tarashankar Bandhopadhaya)

Satyajit Ray (script)

Santi P. Choudhury (assistant screenplay writer) (as Shantiprasad Chowdhury)

Produced by
Satyajit Ray .... production
 
Original Music by
Ustad Vilayat Khan 
Robin Majumdar  (as Robin Majumder)
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dulal Dutta 
 
Production Design by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Art Direction by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Makeup Department
Basanta Dutta .... assistant makeup artist
Bhim Naskar .... assistant makeup artist
Sakti Sen .... makeup artist (as Shakti Sen)
 
Production Management
Anil Choudhury .... production manager
Bhanu Ghosh .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nityananda Datta .... assistant director
Shailen Dutta .... assistant director
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ravi Chatterjee .... assistant art director (as Rabi Chattopadhyay)
Prafulla Mallick .... assistant art director
Ramchandra Shende .... backdrops (as R. R. Sinde)
 
Sound Department
Amar Chattopadhyay .... assistant sound recordist
Satyen Ghosh .... assistant sound recordist
Durgadas Mitra .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dhiren Das .... lighting
Debu Mondal .... lighting
Bijoy Roy .... assistant camera
Nimai Roy .... assistant camera
Mohan Sarkar .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Sardar Akhtar .... playback singer (as Begum Akhtar)
Shoukat Ali .... musician
Gautam Basu .... playback singer
Phani Bhattacharya .... musician
Aloknath Dey .... musician (as Alok Dey)
Anil Dutta .... musician
Gopi Dutta .... musician
Benjamin Gomes .... musician
Imrat Hossain Khan .... assistant composer
Laddan Khan .... musician
Salamat Ali Khan .... playback singer
Ustad Vilayat Khan .... musical director (as Ustaad Vilayat Khan)
Waheed Khan .... playback singer (as Ostad Wahed Khan)
Ashish Kumar .... musician
Robin Majumdar .... musician
Mahapurush Mishra .... musician
Pratap Narayan Mitra .... musician (as Pratapnarayan Mitra)
Rabin Pal .... musician
Dilip Roy .... musician
Madan Seth .... musician
Krishnakumar Shukla .... playback singer
Dakshina Mohan Tagore .... musician
 
Other crew
Roshan Kumari .... dancer
R.B. Mehta .... processing supervisor
 
Thanks
Janendra Narayan Chowdhury .... acknowledgment (as Raibahadur Gyanendranarayan Chowdhury)
Prasanta Deb .... acknowledgment
Subir Hajra .... acknowledgment
Syed Qasim Ali Mirza .... acknowledgment
Dhirendra Narayan Roy .... acknowledgment (as Rajarao Dhirendra Narayan Roy)
Surendra Narayan Singha .... acknowledgment (as Raibahadur Surendra Narayan Singha)
Prabirendra Mohan Tagore .... acknowledgment (as Maharaja Prabirendra Mohan Thakur)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jalsaghar" - India (original title)
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Runtime:
100 min | USA:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Voted #20 on the list of "100 Best Films" by the prominent French magazine 'Cahiers du Cinema' in 2008.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Celluloid Man (2012)See more »

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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Film You Never Heard Of, 18 October 2002
Author: csjlong

At the time I post this, only 123 people have cast a vote of any kind for The Music Room. What a shame.

Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest directors of all-time and The Music Room is his masterpiece. Correction: The Music Room is a masterpiece of world cinema.

How to describe this movie? In Hollywood lingo, you could call it Citizen Kane meets Black Narcissus with a big dose of King Lear. Of course, if you called it that, they'd shelve the project and spend the money on the sequel to XXX.

Pity poor Biswambhar Roy, a king in a lonely castle. He's lost not only his family but his entire way of life. He is a mistake. A forgotten man waiting in his empty shell of a world.

He spends the last remnants of his once vast fortune on a final, lavish musical performance in his crumbling home, a last-ditch attempt to connect to the pride and joy he once felt in his life.

Not that he is innocent. He is proud and oblivious, spoiled and selfish. But surely not a bad man. Merely a displaced man. So we can cheer as he is granted one last moment of happiness and weep for him as he meets his inevitable end.

How is that Satyajit Ray remains unknown even to many die-hard cineastes in the States? I hope one of the companies will come along soon and release some of his work on DVD.

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