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Nayak palace hall gets a facelift

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Pristine:The renovated palace hall in Thanjavur —Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
Pristine:The renovated palace hall in Thanjavur —Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

An ancient hall at the 400-year-old Nayak palace, built by Nayak kings has been renovated by Public Works Department. The hall on the north-western side of the palace complex runs to a length of 95.75 mts and has a width of 7.5 mts. It has 43 beautiful arches which have been restored to their original splendour.

According to Kudavayil Balasubramanian, epigraphist, during Nayak period the hall was used by cavalry soldiers for stay. "Horses will be tethered down while the soldiers will stay in the hall called as "Pattnai Bhavandhi", said Mr. Balasubramanian.

The hall has been renovated by PWD under the mega tourism project for which the Central government has allotted Rs.14.75 crore of which Rs. 7.37 crore has been released as first instalment.

Sangeetha Mahal, an ancient auditorium opposite to art gallery is also under renovation.

The Sangeetha Mahal is known for its acoustic features. Without excess amplification, the hall provides a balanced absorption and deflection of sound waves.

PWD is renovating the stage and the pool in front of the hall. False ceiling without affecting the acoustic features of the hall is also provided. The entire length of the fort wall is also renovated.

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