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Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 American animated musical romantic comedy-drama film written, directed, produced and animated by American artist Nina Paley. It intersperses events from the Ramayana, light-hearted but knowledgeable discussion of historical background by a trio of Indian shadow puppets, musical interludes voiced with tracks by Annette Hanshaw and scenes from the artist’s own life. The ancient mythological and modern biographical plot are parallel tales, sharing numerous themes.



(public domain)



Directed by Nina Paley
Written by Nina Paley
Produced by Nina Paley
Starring Sanjiv Jhaveri
Nina Paley
Deepti Gupta
Debargo Sanyal
Reena Shah
Pooja Kumar
Aladdin Ullah
Narrated by Aseem Chhabra
Bhavana Nagulapally
Manish Acharya
Music by Annette Hanshaw et al.
Distributed by GKIDS
Release date
  • February 11, 2008 (Berlin)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $290,000[1]
Nina Paley
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