The Ashoka Hall, which gives the feel of a large jewel box, is a rectangle measuring 32 metres by 20 metres.It was originally built as the State Ballroom:it has a wooden floor,a central dance space, and three vestibules. Unlike most halls and chambers in
Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Ashoka Hall has a painted ceiling. The painting is in the Persian style.
The main painting on the roof depicts a royal hunting expedition while those towards the corners show scenes from court life. Dark colours predominate. And because the painting has been done on leather, even white takes on a brown tint. The
work was commissioned by Lady Willingdon when her husband was Viceroy.