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May 16, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues

Filed under: Interests — Shanth @ 1:16 pm
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Sita Sings the Blues is an animated movie based on the Ramayana, created by Nina Paley. I was totally excited when I read about the movie.  I was expecting an animated version of Ramayana to be an amibitious Walt Disney project.  I was glad that somebody that somebody made it happen before Walt Disney. But the movies was not quite what I thought. Probably I should have known that from the title of the movie, Sita Sings the Blues.  It was really an attempt by Nina Paley to superimpose her real life incidents on to Valmiki’s Ramayana.  The movie, for the most part, narrates the story from Sita’s point of view. In the movie you will Sita singing jazz songs (originally sung by Annette Hanshaw) and I just loved it.

Sita Sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues

The plot of the movie is very creative and I am totally impressed by the way the story connects Nina’s life to Ramayana.  The context of most of Annette Hanshaw’s songs really goes hand in hand with the situation in the movie.  I am not really sure what Nina Paley’s background is, but Sita Sings the Blues is quite an ingenious effort by her.   But I do have some criticism for the movie. First of all, I am not really sure who are the intended audience for the movie. I think Nina wants to emphasize a point in the movie. The movie shouts out loud that what ever happend to Sita was not fair, or in otherwords what ever Ram did to Sita was unfair. I really do not want to go in the discussion of what’s right or wrong. But the movie totally sounds like it was made for the western audience. If that is what Nina wanted I am sure she did a good job at that. But if it was also expected to suit the Indian audience, the movie is a bit too offensive for them.  There is a valid point in the movie and I guess the right people to address it to are the Indian audience, because we are the one who need to give it a thought.

But the movie on the whole is quite entertaining. What makes it evenmore attractive to many is that the movie is available for free under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. You can download and distribute the movie free of charge. Nina Paley says,” From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.” Bravo!!!

Link to Download or watch (on Youtube): http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/watch.html

Sita Sings the Blues movie Home: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/


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