The Music Room

(India, 1950, 100 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu


The Music Room exemplifies the eternal conflict between old money, steeped in tradition, and new money, gleefully snapping at its heels. In the late 1920s, noble Huzur Biswambhar Roy lives with his family and servants in a crumbling Bengali palace lit by lanterns and candles. His joy is his music room, where he celebrates with magnificent concerts and plays generous host to the hilt. The thorn in his side is his neighbour, a vulgar upstart who makes plenty of money with new ideas. Director Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest auteurs of international cinema and the best-known Indian director on the world stage. His film about those who dwell in the past and those who embrace the future is a magnificent tour de force.

Guest presenter:

Scott Watson is Head (2013-) and Professor (2003-) at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and Director of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (1989- ) at UBC. He is Director and Graduate Advisor for the Critical Curatorial Studies program, which he helped initiate in September 2002. Recent distinctions include the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art (2010), Alvin Balkind Award for Creative Curatorship in British Columbia Arts (2008) and the UBC Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts (2005). Professor Watson’s research focus is contemporary art and issues, art theory and criticism, 20th century art history, curatorial and exhibition studies.