Sangeetha Mahal102 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: Inathukkanpatti, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-4425383333
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Architecture
It was originally known as ‘Navaratnamana maina Nataka Sala’. This tongue twisting name means ‘the thatre adorned with gems’. It was so called as the interiors of this hall were all decorated with precious gemstones. It was built many many years ago by the Nayak king, Sevappa Nayak during the 1600s. Later, when the Marathas started ruling this place, it came to be known as the Sangeetha Mahal.
It is situated in the first floor of the Thanjavur palace. It is a unique hall with features that stops the echo of sounds despite the huge area. It is said to have been the place for the royal entertainment. The Kings were entertained in the Sangeetha Mahal by eminent singers and dancers of that time. The hall can accommodate 1000 audience at a time. The place for performance is quite a few levels below the ground.
Sangeetha Mahal is an example of brilliant architecture and excellent finesse that was way ahead of that time. It is a rectangular hall with glamorous chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It still gives a royal feel to the visitors.
The architectural brilliance can be seen from the fact that the hall has a rare feature of controlled sound absorption in such a way that sound reaches perfectly till the very last row. The construction of the audience seats are in such a way, that you will get the same clear view of the performance wherever you sit. The water body made just in front of the stage works as a scientific area for absorbing sound and enhancing the beauty of the place as well.
In early times the common people viewed the functions from the floor whereas the royals were seated behind the huge widows on the upper level. It was organized in such a manner to ensure that the performers or any of the common people could not get a glance of the royal families but the king could view each one of them. This was done to ensure the safety of the royal family.
In recent times, the Sangeetha Mahal is a place for the ultimate musical experience. Modern concerts and functions are held here. Now, of course the royal instruments have given way for amplifiers, mikes and other western musical instruments along with colourful lighting instead of the sparkling chandeliers. But, even now the architecture of the hall is a symbol of the grandeur of the Chola kings.
There is also an exhibition hall where permanent exhibitions of local crafts and handicrafts are put up here. It showcases the importance and culture of the ancient Tanjore life.
Sangeetha Mahal Travel Tips
- Photography is allowed free of cost.
- There is renovation work going on inside the place. So be careful.
- Check details if you are planning to attend a concert here.
- The place is well connected with all major roadways.
- Pets are strictly prohibited inside the premises.
How to Reach Sangeetha Mahal
- Nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli.
- Nearest railway junction is Thanjavur.
- There are many state buses that run till here.
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21.38% of people who visit Thanjavur include Sangeetha Mahal in their plan
68.75% of people start their Sangeetha Mahal visit around 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Sangeetha Mahal
91.97% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sangeetha Mahal
Sangeetha Mahal Reviews & Ratings
Nice building with acoustic features
Nice place, but need maintenance the place, everyone needs to see
Lot of old property available here.
Memorial place .every one visit the place(palace)
Ticket mahal....not a art gallery...its a ticket gallery