THE SONGS OF SILENCE (KEDARA)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2019 • 108 MIN • DRAMA BENGALI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Indraadip Dasgupta | scr.: Indraadip Dasgupta | cin.: Shubhankar Bhar | ed.: Sujay Dutta Roy | art dir.: Ranajit Garai | cast: Kaushik Ganguly, Rudranil Ghosh, Joydeep Kundu, Moushumi Sanyal Dasgupta, Indranil Roy

INDRAADIP DASGUPTA

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 4:30 PM • SCREEN B

Set in Kolkata, The Songs of Silence tells the story of a  dying form of art, ventriloquism, through that of a weak middle‑aged man, Narasingha, who lives alone in a decrepit house. Scorned by the maid and neighbourhood ruffians, he whiles away his days by striking up fictitious conversations with carefully chosen people from his past. To add credibility to his daily conversations, he mimics the voices of his imagined guests with remarkable accuracy, for Narasingha is a ventriloquist. When his art became irrelevant on the stages where he used to excel, so did his livelihood. Resigned to live under the shadow of memories, he breaks bread with a junk dealer, Keshto. When his friend presents him with a wooden armchair, something he had always coveted, the object acts as a catalyst and brings about a transformation in Narasingha’s personality. It restores his confidence and adds bravado to his essence. But this transformation comes at the cost of his sanity, leading to a series of misfortunes and unexpected turns.

An eminent figure in the Bengali film industry, director, music director and composer INDRAADIP DASGUPTA began his career in 2003 and now resides in Kolkata. He has directed and composed music for over 39 films over the past 16 years, and he has won multiple awards. In 2008, he was nominated for the Anandalok Award for Bor Asbe Ekhuni. In 2011, he received the Star Guide Film Award for Best Music Director for Chaplin. In 2016, he won Best Popular Soundtrack for Parbona Ami Chartey Tokey at the Mirchi Music Awards Bangla.

The Songs of Silence is his debut feature.