Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues

I decided to watch Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley. I wanted to get a good visualization of it all in my head. I loved how she used the Ramayana and incorporated these hilarious narrators. The entire time three narrators are trying to make sense and recount what happened, they sometimes get it wrong and quickly forget themselves. They are also quick to point out where the Ramayana contradicts itself and they laugh about it saying do not challenge these texts. They add a very comical dialogue and do a great job retelling these epics. The musical accompaniment is truly perfect. The creator used 50's style jazz love ballets and they fit ever so seamlessly into the storyline and plot. So many times does Sita sing for Rama for him to save her or that he's "knocking at the door" Nina Paley did an incredible job with this music selection. It's funny how this entire story has a comical side, from the animation to the narrators to even the music. I truly enjoyed this retelling.

(Sita Sings the Blues)

Paley, Nina. “Sita Sings the Blues.” YouTube, YouTube, 23 Oct. 2009,


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