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Sita Sings the Blues – Nina Paley’s animated musical feature based on Ramayana

Sita Sings the Blues is an animation film written, directed, produced, designed and animated by Nina Paley, an American Cartoonist and Animator. The film tells the story of Ramayana from Sita’s point of view. Now in digital format, ‘Sita Sings the Blues’, 82 minutes, was animated single-handedly by Nina over the course of 5 years on a home computer. Earlier, a few scenes from the film appeared on the internet titled ‘Sitayana.’ The Trailer

The Making of Sita Sings the BluesIn June 2002, Nina Paley moved to Trivandrum, India, following her husband who had taken a job there as an animator in Toonz Animation India. Upon her arrival in the South Indian city, she was confronted with her husband’s mid-life crisis, a complete emotional withdrawal. This is when in Trivandrum, she encountered the Ramayana. Initially, she considered Ramayana as a misogynist propaganda. Nina then returned to the United States and one fine morning her husband dumped her by email.She then began teaching animat…

Swami Brahmananda Quotes and Teachings

Swami Brahmananda (1863 - 1922) was a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and was a contemporary of Swami Vivekananda. He was the first president of Sri Ramakrishna Mission. Here are some important quotes and teachings of Swami Brahmananda. Remember God before beginning the work and remember God in the end.  Also remember Him in between.Every night before you go to sleep, think for a while how much time you have spent in doing good deeds and how much time you have wasted; how much time you have spent in meditation and how much you have wasted in idleness. . . Onward, onward! Never be satisfied with your present state of growth. Try to create a burning dissatisfaction within yourself. Ask yourself, ‘What progress am I making? None!’ and apply yourself ever more diligently to the task. Why do you think that you cannot do it because you failed once or twice? One has to try again and again. With unwavering faith in the words of the guru, the disciple must practice repetition of the mantr…