There are dozens of technical points, poses and rhythmic combinations in classical Indian dance that will escape the notice of the novice — don't let that worry you. There is also a wealth of beauty and inventiveness in the forms that will dazzle you; if you don't catch every detail, there's still more than enough to entertain. Soorya Performing Arts presents two separate programs this weekend that showcase the possibilities of the art. At 7 p.m. Saturday, October 10, the company performs Om Ganesha, the story of the elephant-headed god who removes life's obstacles. You'll learn of his creation and witness his unwitting fight against his father and his attempt to defeat his brother Shanmukha in a race around the world — Shanmukha on his peacock and the great-bodied Ganesha riding a mouse. At 3 p.m. Sunday, October 11, Guru Prasanna Kasthuri performs the solo piece Bahulya: Multiplicity in Dance. Inspired by Guru Kasthuri's interest in languages — specifically, how the same idea is sometimes expressed in almost synonymous ways in very different languages — Bahulya features poetry recitations in eight languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Kannada and English. Both programs are performed at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-397-5278 or www.sooryadance.com); tickets are is $15 to $25.
Sat., Oct. 10; Sun., Oct. 11, 2009