In London with an hour or so to spare? Pop into SOAS today for a talk on Mughal Gardens and Other Approaches to Landscape and Nature/
The lecture takes a new view on the Mughal approach to landscape and nature. The foremost characterization of the Mughal garden is its strong architecturalization and it has been plausibly suggested that the Mughals saw in their strictly planned and consistently furnished chahar baghs a means to demonstrate the new order of Mughal rule in India. But it seems that the geometrical aspects of the Mughal garden have diverted our attention from another approach where no regular system is forced upon the landscape. The Mughal padshah claims nature as his own by making a permanent imprint on it with artistic means. It testifies to the extent of the engagement of the Mughals with India that they express themselves here largely in Indian terms.
Where: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Brunei Gallery
When: 6.30pm - 9.00pm