The Garden Guide

Book: C.M Villiers Stuart Gardens of the Great Mughals
Chapter: Chapter 9 Pinjor - An Indian country house and its garden

Decorative lighting in Indian gardens

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Decorative lighting is a minor art that still lingers in India. At the last Imperial Durbar at Delhi one of the most pleasing features from an artistic point of view was the really fine use made of electricity for illuminations on a large scale. This was particularly noticeable in the Indian camps, some, belonging to the greater princes, glowing each night with fairy-like festoons, beautiful in colour and design; for once, a Western innovation well applied, helping to carry out a scheme of Eastern art. Beauty on this scale requires, of course, great wealth; but the little lamps might still be lighted under the waterfalls; and many other forms of Indian garden-craft revived in the country of their origin, where now they pass almost unnoticed.