Given that, in a parallelogram $\text{ABCD}$ of area $72$ sq cm, the sides $\text{CD}$ and $\text{AD}$ have lengths $9$ cm and $16$ cm, respectively.

Let $‘h\text{’ cm}$ be the height.

We can draw the parallelogram,

We know that, the area of the parallelogram $ = \text{Base} \times \text{Height}$

Thus, $ 9 \times h = 72 $

$ \Rightarrow \boxed{h = 8\;\text{cm}}$

In $\triangle \text{APD}$, apply the Pythagoras’ theorem,

$ \text{(AD)}^{2} = \text{(AP)}^{2} + \text{(DP)}^{2}$

$ \Rightarrow 8^{2} + \text{(DP)}^{2} = (16)^{2}$

$ \Rightarrow \text{(DP)}^{2} = 256 – 64$

$ \Rightarrow \text{(DP)}^{2} = 192$

$ \Rightarrow \text{DP} = \sqrt{192}$

$ \Rightarrow \text{DP} = \sqrt{64 \times 3} $

$ \Rightarrow \text{DP} = 8 \sqrt{3} \; \text{cm}$

$ \therefore$ The area of triangle $ \text{APD}= \frac{1}{2} \times \text{Base} \times \text{Height}$

$ \quad = \frac{1}{2} \times 8 \sqrt{3} \times 8$

$\quad = 32 \sqrt{3} \; \text{cm}^{2}$

Correct Answer $ : \text{C}$