Monday, November 29, 2010

SAWANTWADI PALACE

kanchan athalye | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Best Blogger Tips

Till 1850 Sawantwadi was known as Sunderwadi (A beautiful locality). The name Sawantwadi came into the practice because of surname of this erstwhile state’s ruling family of Khem-sawants. The palace was earlier atop Narendra hill. Khemsawant III constructed the existing palace in late 18th century (Construction period 1755-1803). The famous Moti-Talao (Talao-lake) built in front of the palace in 1874 has added to its beauty. Now the palace is a pride of Sawantwadi.

The ruling family has been supporting the local artisans in a big way. The ‘Ganjifa Art’, ‘lacer work’, ‘woodwork painting’ date back to 18th century. In the palace, training sessions and workshops are conducted for new generation of artisans. This has been a major attraction for Domestic as well as foreign tourists. The present Queen-mother H.H. Satwashiladevi has taken keen personal interest in promotion of these arts. To add variety to the traditional designs in Ganjifa she interacted with the artisans of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala and Vishnupura.
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