Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

In Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's story A Little Princess, the titular princess is Sara Crewe, a young girl whose wealthy father enrolls her in boarding school while he goes off to India to tend to his business empire. Sadly, Father dies, and the girl is forced to become a menial servant at school to pay off her tuition. But all is not misery, as Sara has a powerful imagination, and she escapes into fantasy and a childlike conviction that she will be rescued. Nartana Premachandra has adapted Burnett's story into the Indian classical dance performance The Little Rani, which is equally inspired by the tale of the goddess Sita's abduction. Sita is taken captive by King Ravana of Lanka and endures similar hardships as Burnett's little princess; interestingly, both stories, despite being from different cultures and eras, hinge upon the idea of suffering being necessary for personal development and spiritual growth. Dances of India presents The Little Rani at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday (September 17 through 19) at the Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-997-0911 or www.dancesofindiastlouis.org). Tickets are $15 to $20.
Sept. 18-20, 2009

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of...

Latest in Night & Day

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 21, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation