Sita Sings the Blues
Kids (and adults) around the world are counting the days
to the July release of the next Harry Potter film. What to read while
you're waiting? Tales of magic and wizardry go back thousands of years.
Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll introduce you to some
you may not be familiar with. Myths and legends about magic and witchcraft,
and forgotten fairy tales - from an animated version of the Ramayana to
the dadaist fairy tales the Nazis tried to burn.
Annie Gauger has edited a brand new annotated
version of the classic novel "The Wind in the Willows" by
Kenneth Graham. She tells Steve Paulson that the characters reflect
various aspects of Grahame's personality and the book began as a series
of tales exchanged between Grahame and his son. And we hear some of
Alan Bennett's adaptation of the story for the BBC. Also, Nina Paley
has made a film using animation, Indonesian shadow puppets and a 20s
era jazz singer to re-tell the story from the Ramayana of the marriage
of the Hindu god Rama and his wife, Sita. The film is called "Sita
Sings the Blues." Paley tells Jim Fleming what inspired her.
Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the translator of "The
Adventures of Amir Hamza" and "Hoshruba." He tells Anne
Strainchamps about these ancient Indian tales of sorcerers and wizards,
originally written in Urdu. Also, Maria Tatar is the author of"Enchanted
Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood." She talks with Steve
Paulson about what makes fairy tales so compelling to children. And
we hear a bit of Christopher Walken's "Goodnight Moon" from
Kurt Schwitters was a celebrated modern artist in Europe
in the twenties and thirties who both painted and wrote satirical, surrealist
fantasies. His career was cut short by the Nazis. Now, a collection
of his tales, called "Lucky Hans" has been translated and
edited by Jack Zipes. Zipes, an expert on fairy tales, tells
Anne Strainchamps about Schwitters' life and work.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-06-28-A.
Books & CDs:
- Ramas Song from the movie, Sita
Sings the Blues, by Nina Paley.
First music break: Delhi.com, on the soundtrack for Monsoon
Wedding. (Mirabai Films, Inc.)
- Music for Hoshruba mix: Hossein Alizadeh,
from his CD Torkaman: Improvisation in Dastgahe Rastpanjgah
- Second music break: Gilderoy Lockhart,
from the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Music composed by John Williams. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
- Close music: Enchanted Suite, from
the soundtrack for Enchanted. (songs by Alan Menken and
Stephen Schwartz) (Walt Disney Pictures, Inc.)
week of 05/02/2010 - hour 1
week of 06/28/2009 - hour 1
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