Starlight Pavilion in New York Cancels Showing of "Sita Sings the Blues" After Protests by Hindu Group

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New York, July 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 21st July showing of ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ in Starlight Pavilion has been cancelled after growing protests from the Hindu community, spearheaded by Patanjali Rambrich, an alert Hindu in New York, according to a press release by a US-based Hindu group.

A spontaneous protest demonstration by temple devotees also had taken place at Durga Temple of Virginia last night, when a TV interview about the issue was recorded in front of the Rama-Sita shrine.

Last week, Forum for Hindu Awakening had received several complaints about this showing to be held along with a panel discussion with the film’s producer Nina Paley. According to the organization, Hindus have found this animation film to be an extremely denigrating twist on their sacred epic ‘Ramayan’.

Given the organizer Rohan Narine’s initial non-response to protests by the group, Forum for Hindu Awakening had to call for staging educative protests outside the venue and boycotting Starlight Pavilion. However, today, in an email, Rohan Narine has confirmed the cancellation of this event. It is learned from sources that this was due to Starlight Pavilion cancelling this event.

The ‘Ramayan’ was composed by Hindus’ revered Sage Valmiki. It is a narration of the exemplary life of Rama, who is worshipped by Hindus as the embodiment of perfection, while Rama’s wife Sita is worshipped as the ultimate symbol of chastity. Paley, claiming the film to be based on the ‘Ramayan’, has drawn irreverent parallels between her own heartbreak and Rama and Sita. Paley has in the past disregarded protests from thousands of Hindus worldwide, showing her insensitivity and malicious intent in making this film.

Forum for Hindu Awakening is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization in USA, devoted to creating awareness about Hinduism and Hindu spirituality.

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