Sita Sings The Blues is Complete… and Free!
For those who haven’t been following its development, Sita Sings The Blues is Nina (“America’s Favorite Unknown Cartoonist”) Paley’s retelling of the traditional Indian tale the Ramayana, all about the goddess Sita’s faithful love for her husband Rama through his exile and her kidnapping.
As if the beautiful animations of the lovely and talented Ms. Paley weren’t enough, the soundtrack includes a slew of wonderful jazz vocals from 1920s diva (I mean that in the awed and respectful sense!) Annette Hanshaw… and yes, you can hear a bit of the hiss and crackle of those old 78s, but somehow it makes the whole thing work even better! It’s truly a wonderful fusion of artforms and cultures.
Check it out at http://sitasingstheblues.com. You can download a copy at archive.org, or watch it streaming at thirteen.org. Nina has kindly released it under a Creative Commons license, too. Thanks Nina!