Sita Sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues is one hell of a representation of the Ramayana, a retelling of the story of Rama and Sita that is not only incredibly faithful to the original, but sets it forth in a colorful, trippy, and accessible way. What sets this apart is the way in which the creator approached it. Nina Paley, an American cartoonist, juxtaposed the epic of Rama and Sita with the autobiographically driven story of a failing marriage. In doing this she provided a certain accessibility that may not have been present in other adaptations of the Ramayana. By pairing a potentially unfamiliar story with a common Western narrative Paley gives the viewer a framework that allows them a chance to draw parallels they might not have otherwise. Furthermore, she uses comedic narrators and the occasional voice over in order to further explain nuances that might have been lost on viewers less familiar with the material. Its an interesting way in which a story central to a traditional Asian religion is packaged for a largely American audience.

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