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With The New music Area (Jalsaghar), Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of lifestyle. His biggest pleasure is the new music place in which he has hosted lavish concerts above the years—now a shadow of its previous vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between custom and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most well-liked musicians of the day, The Audio Space is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker.
By Satyajit Ray
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