Sangeetha Mahal, Thanjavur

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Sangeetha Mahal or the Hall of Music is a must-see place for tourists who visit Thanjavur. It is located in the Thanjavur Palace on the first floor. It was built in the early part of the 17th century during the rule of Sevappa Nayak, a Nayak king.

In the times of Chola and Nayak rulers, the Sangeetha Mahal was used as a place for performances by various musicians and dancers. It is a lasting symbol of the excellent craftsmanship exhibited by the builders and architects of the period. The perfect acoustics of the musical hall are guaranteed to leave many a visitor in a contemplative mood as it pertains to the supreme knowledge possessed by those who designed it. In its heyday, music contests between great musicians of the time used to be held in the hall.

The Sangeetha Mahal now houses handicrafts exhibitions where the local fare from artisans is on display.

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