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Monday, August 17, 2009

57th NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE, Alleppey - August 2009

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The backwaters of Alappuzha is the venue of the impressive Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Elation and enthusiasm fill the air. Splendidly decorated Chundan Vallams, with raised stems resembling the hood of a cobra slit the calm backwaters powered by more than 150 oar men. Other than ChundanVeppu Vallams (Parunthuvalans), Oadis or  Iruttukuthies also compete in this boat race or Vallamkali (വള്ളംകളി)Champakulam chundan snake boat paddled by the Kollam Jesus Boat Club inched past the Payipad chundan to win the 57th Nehru Trophy Boat Race in a thrilling final on the Punnamada Lake, Alapuzzha. Captained by Jiji Jacob Pollayil, this is Kollam Jesus boat club's second consecutive victory in Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Earlier the event was formerly inaugurated by UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Kerala Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan gave away the prizes to the winners. Here are some images of the exciting moments from the boat race held on Saturday, 8th August.  

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