The Avon Theatre in Stamford and the India Cultural Center are hosting a screening of the 1958 Indian film “The Music Room,” with guest appearances by entrepreneur Avi Basu and sitarist Hidayat Husain Khan, on Thursday, March 26.
The Avon said in a news release that “The Music Room” director Satyajit Ray evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years — now a shadow of its former vivid self.
An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, “The Music Room” is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker, the theater said.
Basu, an entrepreneur with a passion for Indian film, is a friend of the family of director Ray and knowledgeable about the making of “The Music Room,” which he will introduce and moderate a Q&A with sitarist Khan, whose father, Ustad Vilayat Khan, was the film’s composer.
The 99-minute film, which is not rated, is in Bengali and English, with subtitles.
The Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford St., Stamford. Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Carte Blanche members: free, Avon members: $9, students and seniors: $11, nonmembers: $14.50. 203-967-3660. For tickets, visit avontheatre.org