I’m not sure how many have had the opportunity to watch “Sita Sings the Blues”. I came across the film years ago and fell in love with it. It’s a 2008, animated film adaptation of the Ramayana…mixed up with the life of a modern Sita, Nina…a cartoonist who follows her husband, “temporarily” posted to India, only to be cruelly rejected by him, since he’s met up with another woman and no longer loves Nina. She goes to New York, comes across the Ramayama and recreates in 5 years the story of her life in paralleled with story of the life of Sita.
I love the shear artistry of Nina Paley’s work…she created an original vibrant and though provoking cartoon, the story line is fantastic and with three strokes of her pen she recreates worlds. I find it fascinating how she moves from an elaborate, very bright colored “Indian” art style to near stick figures when penning in her American charactures. The music is a mix of Indian music and vintage recordings of jazz singer Annette Hanshaw. And…I’m not the only one to think this is a great film…on Rotten Tomatoes, the film got 0 rotten apples…that’s a 100% positive vote, really a rarity for Rotten Tomatoes! Audience appeal was a little lower at 86%…not half bad.
To know more about Nina Paley … go visit her blog! In the meantime, for those who’ve never seen Sita Sings the Blues…here is a link to the YouTube version…though you can watch it in streaming and down load it right Here.
Have a great weekend… Bastet!