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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