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Relax: art gallery offers more now

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Rest:Visitors relaxing on chairs kept for the comfort of visitors in Thanjavur art gallery on Wednesday.

THANJAVUR: Art Gallery, at the palace complex, in Thanjavur attracts large number of tourists every day. To provide them comfort and make their visit a pleasant experience, the art gallery authorities have created some facilities.

As it takes lot of time to see the entire gallery, which houses 241 Chola bronzes, 103 stone sculptures, 600 coins and medals, cane chairs and sofas have now been provided inside the gallery for visitors to sit and relax. Most of the visitors to the gallery are foreigners. To keep them cool, additional fans have been fitted. A Reverse Osmosis plant provides bacteria-free cool pure drinking water to the visitors. While these have been done inside the gallery, shelters have been provided with multicolour roofing for visitors to sit and relax outside at the entrance also. As the gallery closes for lunch time, tourists who come at that time can sit in the benches provided at these shelters and relax. They can enter the gallery once it is opened after the lunch break.

“The shelters have been provided to shelter the visitors from sun and rain. We have also constructed toilets at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh at the entrance,” said S. Sivakumar, Curator, Art Gallery.

Sridhar, a doctor from Bangalore who visited the gallery on Wednesday said, “The Chola period bronzes are astonishing. They are preserved well.” Dr. Sridhar's family was able to relax on the sofas after looking at the sculptures. Tourists coming to the gallery is increasing every year. According to Mr. Sivakumar, in the year 2009, 2,11,469 tourists visited the gallery. Out of them 1,70,090 were Indians and 23,298 were foreigners. In the year 2010, a total of 2,35,880 tourists visited the gallery and of them 24,411 were foreigners.

In 2011, till May, a total of 1,20,745 people had visited the gallery. Out of them 1,07,128 are Indians and 13,617 foreigners.

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