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Revolting Scenes from the Film from Sita Sings the Blues- Sign Petition Now

Protest against Nina Paley’s outright denigration of the Ramayana

ram walking on pregnant sita
ram sitting on  sita
Lord Ram walking on pregnant Sita 

Lord Ram sitting on Sita’s back 

ram kicking off pregnant sita
lord Hanuman play piano for Sita
Lord Ram kicks pregnant Sita 

Lord Hanuman plays the piano for Sita 

Check other revolting Scenes from the Film

Protest Starlight Pavilion for showing Nina’s movie !

Starlight Pavilion, New York, USA is going to exhibit ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ movie on 21st July 2011. The movie ridicules Goddess Sita and Ramayana in very bad manner. The movie is created by Nina Paley, American Cartoonist, who states that this story is based on the Ramayan of Rushi Valmiki; but what she has done is take the ingredients of the epic story and give it a meaning which is completely opposite to the spiritual truths that the scripture conveys. It is duty of all Hindus to protest lawfully against ‘Starlight Pavilion’ so that it should not exhibit ‘Sita Sings the Blues’.


Devout Hindus are protesting lawfully on following contact details:

Starlight Pavilion
130-05 101st Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11419

Sharmin John, Managing Director: +1 718 -850-1300
Email : sjohn@starlitepavilion.com
Booking : bookings@starlitepavilion.com
Email : rohan.narine@elliman.com

Know More :

Our fellow Hindu Brothers and Sisters, lodge your protest !

The way to extinguish a religion is to first create utter disrespect for it in the minds of people about their faith. Then ridicule the followers so that they are downright ashamed of being Hindu. Then the lost directionless Hindu populace will be soft targets to defeat on any front.

Are you going to blindly allow this unrighteous strategy to work ? Or are you willing to stand up for Dharma and realise that in this increasingly unrighteous world, ‘Only Dharma protects the Dharmic’. Ultimately Dharma will be established in the world and evildoers will be destroyed. But each Hindu is now being called upon to play his/her part and do something to stop this outright denigration.

Become a vanar of Lord Hanumans army ! Make your small offering towards Dharma by lodging your protest.

Introduction

Nina Paley, an American Cartoonist, is the creator of the animated film ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ which is available for free viewing on the internet. A devout person cannot begin to imagine what Nina Paley has conjured up and graphically crystallised in this film wherein Lord Ram often kicks Sita…. and walks on her pregnant stomach…. These are only two of the many painful images one must endure. The only reason for watching this absurd film is to make people aware of what a completely false representation this film is of the Ramayan and how it nosedives into taking the issue of denigration to an unbelievably low level.

She states that this story is based on the Ramayan of Rushi Valmiki. But what she has done is take the ingredients of the epic story and give it a meaning which is completely opposite to the spiritual truths that the scripture conveys. Unfortunately, this film is being recommended on various parenting websites, for children to watch. Those who are unfamiliar with this Holy Scripture are going to accept this inane version as being the truth !

Revolting Scenes from the Film

sita-sings-the-blues
1. False representation :The commentators say that the Ramayana is not as true a story as the Bible.

Spiritual fact :

This seems to be an attempt to portray the Bible as being more trustworthy than the Ramayana. Yes, propaganda to prove Christianity’s superiority over Hinduism. This movie is part and parcel of the anti-Hindu movement and propagation of Christianity. This movie violates the religious feelings of Hindus. The Government must ban this film.

sita-and-rawana
2. False representation : Ravan was a good king and the only wrong thing that he did was steal Sita.

(Editor’s comment: Like attracts like and so quite naturally anti-Hindu Nina Paley supports Ravan.)

Spiritual fact :

Such remarks show Ms. Palay’s anti-Hindu mentality by demeaning the Holy Scriptures of Hindus. For this she must apologise to all Hindus.

Sita organs like lotus
3. False representation : Ravan’s sister tells Ravan about how beautiful Sita is and says that her breasts are like big round juicy lotuses. Sita is shown wearing a cholie that reveals her breasts in one outfit from above, and in another outfit from below the blouse.

Editor’s comment :

Such remarks show her anti-Hindu mentality of criticizing Hindus Holy Scriptures. For this she must apologise to all Hindus.

Rawava play veena with utensiles
4. False representation : The commentator says that Ravan played the veena for Lord Shiva with his intestines and He shows Ravan’s intestines tumble out of his stomach and they play the veena.

(Editor’s comment : Such spiritual ignorance on the part of Nina Paley makes her seem comical. This harms the religious feelings of Hindus. She should be prosecuted for this.)

Spiritual fact :

Actually what is mentioned in the Ramayan is that Ravan’s devotion was such that the 72 thousand nadis or energy channels in his body created a sound (Anahat nada) and this pleased Lord Shiva.

Lord Ram and Sita dance
5. False representation : Sita sings with her love for Ram in the forest. The words of her song were… ‘He is not an angel or a Saint and I know that with all his faults, he will still get by’. Then she imagines carrying Ram piggy back. After that she stands on all her fours (like a horse or a dog) and Ram is shown sitting on her back.

(Editor’s comment : This is outright insulting to the faith of Hindus and destroys the reverence for the Ramanyan in children’s minds.)

Sita and Rawana
6. False representation : When Ravan speaks to Sita, she speaks in an uncouth manner telling him, “Your ass is grass once Lord Ram comes here.”

(Editor’s comment : Why has this cartoonist been allowed to spew out the filth in her mind and superimpose her nasty foul-mouthed words onto revered Divine beings ?)

Sita were no of jewels
7. False representation : Sita is shown wearing a ridiculous amount of jewellery as the commentator says she dropped her jewellery to show the way to Lanka when she was abducted by Ravana. The commentator ridicules the Ramayan by questioning how Sita had so much jewellery when she had taken up the life of a sanyasi.

Spiritual fact :

Sita was only in exile. She was not a sanyasi. She dropped jewellery like her ring, anklets and earrings at strategic points on the path.

Bloodthirsty Sita
8. False representation : One commentator viciously says that one needs to ‘give her one little tight thing’ for not returning with Lord Hanuman when he came to rescue her. Another says that Sita stayed back as she wanted Lord Ram to rescue her and defeat Ravan due to the ego of wanting ‘Her husband’ to be her rescuer and so she is called a ‘bloodthirsty’ woman and is depicted with blood coming out of her mouth and blood on her hands.

Spiritual fact :

Sita could not allow herself to be carried by Lord Hanuman as it is a Hindu woman’s Dharma not to be touched by any man other than her husband.

Ram searching Sita
9. False representation : When Hanuman reports to Ram about what he saw in Lanka, Lord Ram begins to sweat and then faints in fear. 
 

Spiritual fact:

Lord Ram’s arrow never missed its target no matter where the target was. How could such a Divine warrior who was an incarnation on earth be afraid of a mere demon ?

Lord Ram doubting Sita
10. False representation : When Lord Ram comes to rescue Sita, he says that she is impure and unfit to be his wife and that he had terrible suspicions about her character and conduct to the extent that the sight of her was painful to him. He dismisses her and ends with the crushing statement, ‘I have no more use for you.’

Spiritual fact :

Lord Ram was fully aware of Sita’s purity. In addition, the Ramayan states that Lord Ram surrendered Sita to Agni devata and she sent an illusionary form of Sita to Lanka so that the real Sita was kept safe. After the ‘Test by Fire’ that Sita underwent successfully, Agni devta returned the real form of Sita to Lord Ram.

Lord Ram throwing Sita in fire 11. False representation : Sita sings a song saying ‘Ram is mean to me’ and Lord Ram is depicted kicking Sita into the fire at the time of her agnipariksha (Test by fire) and He kicks her at the time of banishing her from the kingdom. Lord Ram nonchalantly also walks over Sita’s pregnant stomach

(Editor’s comment : Does the US government allow its citizens to disrespect and demean other religions ? After being notified about how infuriated the Hindu community is with her film, if the US government does not take any action against her, it will be tantamount to approving of her actions.)

Protest video: Sita Sings the Blues

 

  • Report this video and related videos of this movie as inappropriate (Flag the video) with your Youtube account. Refer this link
  • Ask Youtube to remove this video from Youtube.

Protest ‘Sita sings the blues’ showing at NY’s Starlight Pavilion on 7/21

Namaste. You may recall that Sita Sings the Blues was shown on PBS early last year. There were some protests but not much came out of it. While I have not personally watched the video, those who have (either in full or in part) have found it derogatory to the values that we as Hindus hold dear.

Kindly send protest email a.s.a.p. as time is short. Also please circulate this to to your contacts.
Thank you,
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
Blog Moderator
From: Forum for Hindu Awakening <alerts@forumforhinduawakening.org>
Date: Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Subject: Protest ‘Sita sings the blues’ showing at NY’s Starlight Pavilion !

||Sree||
Namaste, dear supporter of Hinduism.
We have received complaints from several Hindus about the showing of a film ‘Sita sings the blues’ at the Starlight Pavilion in New York next Thursday (21st July). ‘Sita sings the blues’, which its producers claim to be based on Sage Valmiki’s Ramayan, is actually a denigrating parody of the Ramayan ! Through this animation film, animator Nina Paley has shown irreverent parallels between her own heartbreak and the divine story of Lord Rama and Mother Sita, who have been worshipped for ages by Hindus as symbols of perfection and purity. Paley has not retracted the film, despite protests from 1000s of Hindus in the past. This itself shows her complete insensitivity to the Hindu sentiment and her malicious intent in making this film ! A Hindu sounding cast in the film does not condone the denigration either. You can learn more about this denigrating film at:http://forumforhinduawakening.org/articles/id/preserving/sita-sings-the-blues
In light of this, we have initiated a protest as in the below email trail. We appeal to you to join in this protest of the ‘Sita sings the blues’ showing at New York’s Starlight Pavilion next Thursday at 5pm. Let us inundate the organizers and Starlight Pavilion with letters or phone calls, registering our peaceful, but prompt protests at :
Organizer: Rohan Narine (rohan.narine@elliman.com)
Starlight Paviliion Managing Director: Sharmin John, 718 – 850 – 1300 (sjohn@starlitepavilion.com)
(Please do cc or inform us of your protest, as we strive to keep you updated about the progress of this protest drive.)
“Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha | (Dharma or God protects those who protect Dharma !)”
Sincerely,
Sadhaks at Forum for Hindu Awakening (www.HinduAwakening.org)
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Forum for Hindu Awakening . <info@forumforhinduawakening.org>
Date: Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 9:29 PM
Subject: Requesting Starlight Pavilion to cancel showing denigrating ‘Sita sings the blues’
To: sjohn@starlitepavilion.com
Cc: pravakta@hindujagruti.org
Namaste, dear Sharmin John.
We at the Forum for Hindu Awakening have received complaints from several Hindus about the showing of a film ‘Sita sings the blues’ at the Starlight Pavilion in New York next Thursday (21st July). We would like to bring to your attention that ‘Sita sings the blues’ denigrates Hindus’ revered scripture Ramayan, and Deities Rama and Sita.
People from different faiths live in America and it is important to maintain sensitivity towards each other’s religion, to live harmoniously. Denigration of religious symbols and icons causes disharmony, as it hurts the sentiments of the community being targetted. Hence, we have sent the below request to Rohan Narine, who has organized this event.
At the same time, we urge Starlight Pavilion to cancel the booking for this event, as a show of goodwill to the Hindu community in New York. We hope that you will show sensitivity towards the religious sentiments of their Hindu patrons. We hope to receive a positive response from Starlight Pavilion by Sunday. Otherwise, we would be forced to intensify our protests, by calling for a boycott of Starlight Pavilion, as well as organizing a protest demonstration in front of Starlight Pavilion.

Sincerely,
Bhavna Shinde
Spokesperson, Forum for Hindu Awakening
www.HinduAwakening.org

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Forum for Hindu Awakening . <info@forumforhinduawakening.org>
Date: Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM
Subject: Request to cancel showing denigrating ‘Sita sings the blues’ at the Starlight Pavilion
To: rohan.narine@elliman.com
Cc: pravakta@hindujagruti.orgsjohn@starlitepavilion.com

Namaste, Rohan Narine

We have received complaints from several Hindus about your showing the film ‘Sita sings the blues’ at the Starlight Pavilion in New York next Thursday (21st July). We would like to bring to your attention that ‘Sita sings the blues’, which its producers claim to be based on Sage Valmiki’s Ramayan, is actually a denigrating parody of the Ramayan ! Through this animation film, animator Nina Paley has drawn irreverent parallels between her own heartbreak and the divine story of Mother Sita, who has been worshipped for ages by Hindus as the symbol of purity and devotion.

Nina Paley has not retracted this film despite protests from thousands of Hindus worldwide. This itself shows her complete insensitivity to the Hindu sentiment and her malicious intention in making this film. A Hindu sounding cast like Aseem Chhabra does not in any way condone the blatant denigration committed in almost each scene of the film. You can read in detail about the denigration perpetrated by this movie at: http://forumforhinduawakening.org/articles/id/preserving/sita-sings-the-blues
What is your purpose of showing this film, when it has been so controversial for the insensitivity shown to Hindu sentiment ? Shall we say that you too, are supporting this denigration ? We urge you to cancel showing the film ‘Sita sings the blues’ at the Starlight Pavilion. We hope to receive your positive response by Sunday, after which, we will be forced to intensify our protests, by making it public, and calling for a boycott of Starlight Pavilion, as well as your future endeavors.

Sincerely,
Bhavna Shinde
Spokesperson, Forum for Hindu Awakening
www.HinduAwakening.org

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