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                                           Maharaja Serfoji's Contribution to Education: 

Maharaja Serfoji ll started the first stone type granite printing press with Devanagari type in 1805 A.D. at Thanjavur. This small press known as "Navavidya Kalanidhi" in Tanjore, printed the first edition of the book "Raghuvams'a" in Sanskrit. The main aim of the King in setting up the printing press was for the production of copies of all the great works in different Indian languages for its publication and circulation among his people, especially for the students studying in the schools established by him. This miniature University also called as "Navavidya Kalanidhi Sala" had several departments attached to it such as Arts, Philosophy, Astronomy, Fine Arts and Linguistics (Persian, Arabic, Telugu, Sanskrit, Marathi and English). This institution was mainly intended to impart knowledge free of cost to the boys and girls of Tanjore. The avidity and zeal with…
 Prince Pratap Sinha Rajebhosle performing rituals at Sajjangad Swami Samartha Ramdass Samadhi



Painting of Maharajah Serfoji ll with an unidentified Princess 
                                                                            courtesy: British Library                                                                                                                    

238th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Maharajah Serfoji on 24th September 2015






Interior View of Sangeeth Mahal c.1960's A place which was once the site of dance and music performances in the palace,it has been designed to manoeuvre sound and avoid amplification. This is where skilled performers used to showcase their talent through dance and music performances, in the past. Sangeetha Mahal which was built in 1600's is noted for its architectural and acoustic.The Sangeetha Mahal is a rectangular hall with a vaulted roof. It used to have four punkahs that spanned the breadth of the room. “The design of the hall is such that it would have helped in balanced absorption and deflection of sound waves,
“The chandeliers and other decorations must have helped in sound dispersion. The many perforations would have ensured that excess amplification was avoided. There used to be a pit in front of the stage, which would be filled with water. This too must have helped in proper deflection of sound waves to the upper gallery. Maharajah Serfoji 2 memorial hall museum, sada…