The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Sita Sings the Blues – Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door?

Sung by Annette Hanshaw in a 1927 recording. This is one scene of the 81 minute animation by Nina Paley based on the Hindu epic The Ramayana.

“Sita Sings the Blues” is based on the Hindu epic “The Ramayana”. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina Paley is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of torch singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”

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