Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mercoledi Musicale +1

A friend in Athens introduced me to a wonderful piece of animation: Sita Sings the Blues. Created by independent film maker Nina Paley it is a brilliant take on the Rama and Sita legends mixed with blues songs from one of the great forgotten vocalists of the 1920s-1930s Annette Hanshaw. In this clip she sings Who's That Knocking At My Door - a great little number and I just love her signture tag: That's All!

The witty combinations of animation and visual styles, the parallel story of modern day Nina with the great Ramayana legend as seen from Sita's point of view, the shadow puppet commentators and the introduction of American blues makes for an animation classic.

The intriguing story behind its creation and Paley's decision to make free downloading available can be found here. And of course Sita has its own website here.

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Doralong said...


sageweb said...

Love her voice..very nice..even the cute monkey humans ..haha


I remember hearing her sing this before(not live) and love it..and this clip is fantastic..thanks for making MY morning..

Elizabeth said...

What a quirky, funny idea! Love it!