I am at a conference this weekend, and one of the panelists was Nina Paley. Nina is an illustrator and a very talented film maker. If you have not seen her film Sita Sings the Blues, I have embedded the first part below. Its wonderful. It is one of only a few films to receive a 10 out of 10 from Rotten Tomatoes. Nina is a wonderful proponent of the creative commons and open sharing, which is described on her website.
I read this article about her last week in the Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et–sita-sings-20100424,0,7103205.story
Perhaps at some point I can post something about the Ramayana, the wonderful Hindu epic upon which her film is based.
Enjoy the conference!
For an impeccable English translation of the Ramayana from the Clay Sanskrit Library, see here: http://www.claysanskritlibrary.org/about_ramayana.php
Books 1-5 are available at a reasonable price in hardback, while 6-7 (6 is two volumes) are forthcoming.