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MATSYA Many, many years ago, a king named Manu had been performing severe austerities for thousands of years. One day, he was by a river when a very small fish came to him and asked for protection. Manu, who had never met a talking fish before, placed the fish in a jar. As time passed, the fish grew bigger and bigger and soon, it was a bit too big for the jar. So Manu put the fish into the river. But the fish got too big for the river, so he moved him to the Ganges… The fish soon grew too big for that also, and so Manu threw him into the ocean. But the fish got bigger still! Suspecting that there was something fishy going on, Manu thought and thought. And he thought some more. Until one night, he dreamt that the big fish was Lord Vishnu, who said to him, “Manu, the world is going to suffer a great flood. You must build a ship and in this great ship you must place the seeds of all plants, animals of every kind and the seven sages. I will rescue you.” Manu did as he was told, and in seven days the world was covered with water. The great big fish tied Manu’s boat to his back and swam up-river to the highest point — Mt Himavan.  They stayed there till the flood subsided and then they built a … Continue reading

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Sita Sings the Blues

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Two women separated by several centuries find their stories coming together in Nina Paley’s animated comedy-drama. Having moved to India to be with her husband, Paley’s cartoon becomes fascinated with the Ramayana. Meanwhile several centuries earlier Sita the beautiful daughter of King Janaka, Rama’s wife is kidnapped by the evil King Ravana. Sita’s story is two visual interpretations at once — a visually striking abstract version and the other uses a whimsical, cartoony approach with recordings of jazz singer Annette Hanshaw for Sita’s voice. As the film travels through time, jumping back and forth, Sita and Paley’s character find their own freedom. Continue reading

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