The Washington Post critics choose their favorite shows of the week. ART

The intoxicating "Sculpture of India, 3000 B.C.-1300 A.D." in the National Gallery's East Building is a dizzying affair, designed to inaugurate the yearlong "Festival of India." The sculptures are, by any measure, splendid works of art. CLASSICAL MUSIC

There will be two especially promising events at the Kennedy Center this evening.

One is the first concert here by the superb Cleveland Orchestra under its new music director, Christoph von Dohnanyi. He will conduct Bartok's Divertimento for strings and Janacek's gloriously vivid tone poem, "Taras Bulba." Pianist Alfred Brendel will join the orchestra in the Brahms First Piano Concerto. It's Brendel's second appearance here in a month; but he is a performer of such quality that it's hard to imagine him coming here too often.

Also at 7:30 this evening there will be a memorial tribute in the Center's Terrace Theater to that great cellist, Leonard Rose. There will be cellists, marvelous ones, in profusion.

Then, on Thursday at the Concert Hall, Mstislav Rostropovich will lead the National Symphony in the first performance of the final series of its season. The work will be Mahler's Third Symphony. DANCE

Today is the last chance to catch the San Francisco Ballet at the Kennedy Center Opera House, in a final matinee program featuring Michael Smuin's Emmy-award "A Song for Dead Warriors," about the plight of native Americans. The innovative movement-theater troupe, the Adaptors, from New York, repeats its daring and wacky "Autobahn" at Baltimore's Theatre Project this week, Wednesday through Sunday. FILM

An exclusive two-week engagement of "Fantasia," the Walt Disney classic, begins Friday at the newly renovated Circle Avalon. Disney has digitally re-recorded Stokowski's beautiful sound track, and the theater's renovation includes both an 850-square-foot screen and a spectacular stereo sound system. This may be the best opportunity to see one of our best-loved movies.

The two leading local theater chains are running revival programs. The K-B Cinema's "Salute to the Broadway Musical" continues this week with "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" (Monday through Wednesday) and "Oliver" (Thursday through Saturday). This week, the Circle Dupont's Hitchcock festival will include "The 39 Steps," "The Lady Vanishes," "The Wrong Man," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Secret Agent," "Sabotage," "Murder," "Rear Window" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much," all worth viewing or re-viewing.

Tuesday and Wednesday, the Circle Theater will screen Roman Polanski's "Chinatown," starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and, most of all, screen writer Robert Towne. The fact that Towne's script, filmed in 1974, would never be made today is everyone's gauge of how quickly Hollywood has declined.

And speaking of screen writers, the Library of Congress' "American Screenwriters" series continues Tuesday at the Mary Pickford Theater with "The Sweet Smell of Success," written by Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets. POP MUSIC

Space may be the place for jazz iconoclast Sun Ra and his multihued Solar Arkestra, but Kilimanjaro's Heritage Hall is the space to catch him tonight.

Washington's first guitar legend, country star Roy Clark, brings his fanciful show to Fairfax High School tonight. Between the corn and the schmaltz, listen for the great picking. The Cars' guitarist Elliot Easton is at the Bayou tonight.

It's been almost a decade since mystic rocker Van Morrison performed in Washington. He's at Constitution Hall on Tuesday. Opening for him: the intriguing Mose Allison.

Tahuantinsuyo, a trio of folk musicians from Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, is bringing its exquisite Andean music to the Department of Commerce's Herbert Hoover Auditorium on Thursday.

On Friday, blues guitarist Robert Jr. Lockwood teams up with harp player Blind Sam Meyers at Friendship Station, while Son Seals tears down the roof at the 9:30 club.