Charming young portrait of King Serfoji II at Egmore Government .
King Serfoji II had hobbies of coin collection, currency rates, wrestling, hunting, falconry, bullock cart racing,horticulture, collection of antiques and curios, paintings etc.He had also written books on cooking which is available in Sarasvati Mahal library. He also composed songs in several Indian languages capable of orchestration in western musical instruments.He was also credited by Lord Valentia who visited his Palace in 1804.
King Serfoji II also composed tunes in English. He further records as having heard "god save the king" Malbrook played in his orchestra. His greatest revival in literature, education, music, bharatanatyam and medical field and in fact his period (1798-1832 A.D) was the golden period in the history of Thanjavur. HE WAS THE RENOWNED SCHOLOR KING IN OF HIS TIME. He had also performed the first cataract operation. He was known as Prince of Ophthalmology. © serfojimemorialhall.com