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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

The mind is susceptible to suggestions. It learns whatever you teach it. If through discrimination you can impress upon it the joy and fullness of life in the spirit and the folly of worldly attachments, then your mind will devote itself more and more to God.Work and worship must go hand in hand. Why are you afraid of work? Work for Him. You can overcome all disinclination for work if you consider it as dedication to God. The world is so constructed, that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Whether you like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.Initiation into a mantra helps concentration of mind; otherwise your mind will change and fluctuate.The way of steadying and purifying the mind is to retire into solitude, control all cravings and engage yourself in contemplation and meditation. Swami Brahmananda(Swami Brahmananda (1863 - 1922) was a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and was a contemporary of Swami Vivekananda.)