Wonder if Phoolan Devi would have enjoyed this as much as I did?
The Decemberists, singing "Bandit Queen".
This band's songwriting is anything but conventional (for pop music, that is.) I won't say I am a major fan, but "Bandit Queen" is a sweet little pop piece and it contains a fine example of the band's humor: "She ain't fancy, she ain't fine/While her fingers number only nine" :)
It reminded me so much of Bob Dylan's "It takes a lot to laugh (It takes a train to cry)", with its use of piano and the gentle tempo.
Could this be the only pop song ever with the words "turban" and "bandit" in it?
Speaking of Bandit Queen, director Shekar Kapur has a post about the shooting of that infamous scene from his film, "Bandit Queen". (Why does he feel the need to talk about his "feminine self" in so many posts on his blog?)
The film "Bandit Queen" was edited by Renu Saluja, a key figure behind India's parallel cinema movement. Uma at Indianwriting has a very good post about a tribute to this woman.