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Protest: ‘Starlight Pavilion’ to show ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ which ridicules Ramayana

July 17, 2011
Ashadh Krushna Dwitiya, Kaliyug Varsha 5113

Appeal to devout Hindus

Starlight Pavilion, New York. USA is going to show ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ movie on 21 July 2011. The movie ridicules Goddess Sita and Ramayana in very much 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 show ‘Sita Sings the Blues’.

To know more about denigration of Ramayana and Goddess Sita ‘Sita Sings the Blues’, please click here :
http://www.hindujagruti.org/denigrations/sitasingstheblues

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

 

Protest letter by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

Regd. No. 1540/I-634,12112002
Add: 8, Jayshree Siddhivinayak co.op.hsg.society, Shivajinagar, Thane(W) 400602
Email: contact@hindujagruti.org Website: www.hindujagruti.org

To:

sjohn@starlitepavilion.com
rohan.narine@elliman.com

Ms. Sharmin John.

Subject :  Request to cancel Starlight Pavilion showing denigrating ‘Sita sings the blues

Hindu Jajanagruti Samiti is an NGO working for the cause of Hindu and Hindu Dharma all over world. For details please refer our website www.HinduJagruti.org
 
We at the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti have received complaints from several Hindus from all over the world 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. You can refer the online signature drive going on our website at the link. http://www.hindujagruti.org/denigrations/sitasingstheblues,You will observe that more than 8500 Proud Hindus had lodged their protest and complaints against the movie which had resulted in stopping the distribution of CD’s.

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 targeted. We hope you will not dare to denigrate Muslim or Christian faiths. However you are repeatedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus as we are protesting peacefully.

In view of above we request you to cancel the show . Please acknowledge this protest letter and inform the action taken failing which we will be forced to intensify protest campaign and to take appropriate legal action against you.
Sincerely,
Shivaji Vatkar
Co-ordinator, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
+ 91 9322533595
www.HinduJagruti.org

Source: HJS

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6 Responses to Protest: ‘Starlight Pavilion’ to show ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ which ridicules Ramayana

  1. Shakti Ganapati Subramanian says:

    I have watched Sita Sings The Blues and think that what Ms. Paley did was to interject the human side into the story and what is wrong with that? For example we all know how Lord Rama banished Sita after hearing the comments of a commoner in Rama’s kingdom. Now since when does Godhead have to worry about what we mere mortals think?

    No doubt those who are upset about Sita Sings The Blues are from the same lot that protested about the motion picture “Fire”.

    As for “denigrating” the Christian faith, apparently none of you has ever seen the motion picture titled: “Dogma”. Granted you need to be somewhat versed in Catholicism to appreciate “Dogma” but the point is that the movie addressed certain aspects of Christianity and people did not protest and get bent out of shape.

    If you think that “Sita Sings The Blues” is something to get upset about, then great cows of Vrindaban you should sit in on one of my lectures where I explain how culture affects how people view and follow a specific religion and I use our own path as a classic example.

    If the Hindu community wants to protest denigrating the Hindu path then here are some real good causes to protest:

    1. Arranged marriages
    2. Marriages between children
    3. Wedding dowry
    4. Modern day Caste System
    5. Ill treatment of gays and lesbians

    So before you accuse others of denigrating the Hindu path, look and see if you yourselves are doing things that go completelky against the Hindu path.

    Rant over.

  2. Maneesh says:

    The claims listed on the Hindu Jagurti site are simply not logical or true, would you care to discuss them in this thread so that your readers might get a more objective view?

    Let’s start with number 1, which claims:


    “The commentators say that the Ramayana is not as true a story as the Bible.”

    Forget about the fact the the film creator (nor the voice actors, to my knowledge) are Christian, the statement is very clearly part of humour that suggests both texts are not literally true word for word, it does not place one above the other. This is clear to any speaker of North American English.

    To suggest that the Ramayana is literally true (each and every word and event an objective and accurate historical measure) is to ignore the fact that it is a very well composed piece of literature. In fact the Hindu Jagurti objections make it clear that the Ramayana is not literally true (see the objection regarding Ravana’s intestines).

    I’d be happy to go through the other points, but I really do urge some critical thinking here.

    • Editor says:

      Re: Comment 1 (‘The claims listed on the Hindu Jagurti site are simply not logical or true, would you care to discuss them in this thread so that your readers might get a more objective view?
      Let’s start with number 1, which claims:
      “The commentators say that the Ramayana is not as true a story as the Bible.”
      Forget about the fact the the film creator (nor the voice actors, to my knowledge) are Christian, the statement is very clearly part of humour that suggests both texts are not literally true word for word, it does not place one above the other. This is clear to any speaker of North American English.
      To suggest that the Ramayana is literally true (each and every word and event an objective and accurate historical measure) is to ignore the fact that it is a very well composed piece of literature. In fact the Hindu Jagurti objections make it clear that the Ramayana is not literally true (see the objection regarding Ravana’s intestines).
      I’d be happy to go through the other points, but I really do urge some critical thinking here.’)

      Response from FHA editor: Namaste, dear Maneesh. For the devout Hindu, a Scripture like the Ramayana is sacred; whatever is read from it or heard about it, is 100% true. From the viewpoint of devoted study of the Scripture, if one cannot understand that Lord Rama was perfect, it is not a failing of Lord Rama, but a shortcoming of one’s comprehension. To be able to comprehend Hindu Scriptures, laden with divine consciousness (chaitanya), one requires not a sharp (tivra) intellect as may be used for gross logical analysis, but a sukshma (subtle) intellect, which comes from actual putting into practice what is given in the Scriptures. Only then can one experience what is given in the Scripture and also realize that there are implied meanings (bhavartha) in certain places. Epics like the Ramayana are beyond the limited understanding of the gross mind, intellect and senses; they teach about the subtle God Principle that can be understood and experienced only with subtle perception developed through daily, rigorous spiritual practice. Only those curious (jidnyasus) about knowing the divine nature (such as of Lord Rama and Mother Sita) are deserving of knowledge (dnyan) that is, actual experience of it. The rest may merely carry the burden of words and intellectually analyze from here to eternity and still remain like the six blind men, trying to understand what the elephant must look like. If you are interested in firsthand experiencing the divine nature of Deities like Rama and Sita and Scriptures like Ramayana, Forum for Hindu Awakening will be happy to provide guidance. We do not have time for mere intellectual argument.

      Re: Comment 2 (“Thank you, I hope to hear a critical reply. It saddens me to see so many comments with foul censored foul language on the Hindujagruti website directed towards Nina Paley. It is obvious that none of the commentors have seen the film and are blindly following the screenshots on the web page. We should all encourage each other to make critically informed opinions; rather than trying to whip up mob anger.

      I appreciate the fact that you are posting some critical comments on your website, I wonder why you haven’t posted mine, as it clearly shows that the reasoning on that website is not sound..there are similar arguments against every other point they raise.”)

      Response from FHA editor: We have directed your comment to Hindujagruti website and did not post it on our website; considering that you have mentioned the Hindujagruti website in your comment, we were under the impression that your comment was meant for that website. You may have noticed that we always appeal to people to protest promptly and peacefully. We are an organization dedicated to creating awareness about issues faced by the Hindu community, such as this type of denigration and insensitivity. In an attempt to create awareness, we have shown the images from the film that we have found to be denigrating; there may be more, but one is enough, is it not to prove the point ? We are not film critics to go through the film from an analytical viewpoint, scene by scene. We are Hindus who are offended by the theme of and scenes in the film and are creating awareness about this denigration among supporters of Hinduism worldwide. How is our creating awareness “trying to whip up mob anger” ? We have no need for whipping up mob anger, as educative, peaceful protests have always worked for us, and have shown a lasting way in overcoming denigration, in Hinduism’s tradition of peaceful debates. However, people like Paley are not interested in open minded debates, as she has ignored the voice of 1000s of Hindus who have tried to appeal to her to take down this movie.

      The sheer level of denigration, such as perpetrated by Sita Sings the Blues, can sometimes bring out an emotional response from some Hindus, as it must hurt them so much to see what they revere as divine being denigrated so nonchalantly. That itself may give you an idea about the mindless denigration committed and the complete insensitivity shown by the makers and supporters of such a film, even if you may not get a complete idea if you are not devoted unto Rama and Sita like those Hindus are. Your advise to the protestors is like telling the victim to not cry out aloud, but to weep silently!

  3. Avinash says:

    Every person has the right to interpret religious (or othereise) scriptures and ideologies in the way they see fit. I don’t see anything wrong with the movie, and indeed feel that what is shown in the movie is worth a thought. No matter how much rabid conservatives like you may want to take a moral high ground based on such matters, the maker of the film has every right to portray her ideas the way she wants.
    And don’t go back to taking the stance (of hypocrisy) and as I said before, moral high ground by saying that others who actually think and critically judge matters like this and are not blinded by faith “lack Dharma”.

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