National Geographic : 1960 May
Dance and song fill India's presidential mansion W ITH the delicacy of butterflies, the na tion's most celebrated artists perform classical and traditional dances of India in the Rashtrapati Bhavan (above). Mr. Eisenhower dined in the banquet hall. The Indians allowed us to go through a rear palace entrance, around the closely guarded kitchen, and up a dark stairway to the musi cians' balcony. Peering down, I saw glitter ing chandeliers and the long table seating 616 some 100 guests (page 618). I counted 30 white-turbaned servants resplendent in white pantaloons and gold-trimmed scarlet tunics, with the lions of India emblazoned in gold across the front. An eye-opening Delhi inspection tour im pressed Mr. Eisenhower with India's rapid development. Toasting India's President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, he said, "All around me I see evidences of India on the march."