This is a trailer for an animated film by the same title. The music is very nice, though I can’t make much of the lyrics. (Are they singing “Sita-ji” over and over again? Obvously, there’s a good reason why that thought kind of amused me. Sometimes, though, it sounds like “Sita-genie.” Or maybe it’s something else in Hindi.)
From what I can gather, the band that made the music to this clip is My Pet Dragon. According to My Pet Dragon:
“Sita Sings the Blues” played to rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival! The animated feature film by Nina Paley includes original compositions and score music by Todd Michaelsen of My Pet Dragon and also features the voice and dance of Reena Shah as Sita!
We are working to get a soundtrack record for “Sita Sings the Blues” available for digital download, stay tuned.
That’s all quite interesting. But I found out something far more interesting – at least to me – when I looked at the site of Reena Shah:
Reena graduated from the Padmini Institute of Fine Arts, where she studied Bharata Natyam, an Indian Classical Dance Form, under The Late Guru Padmini Ramachandran, a famous Indian Actress & Dancer.
It’s funny, because that information is just buried in the middle of the “about” section, as though it wouldn’t interest people much. (I fell off my couch when I saw that, but never mind.)
P.S. Padmini was born on June 12, 1932. Unless something happens to drag me away from my computer, you can expect a birthday post.