Alappuzha hosts heady regatta


Chundan boats, with nearly
100 oarsmen are ready to race

Annual grant of Rs.35 lakh announced for conducting the prestigious Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The sparkling waters of the Punnamada Lake on Saturday, August 10 turned into an allegory of a medicine that drowns all sorrows. People from the rain-ravaged district’s farmland turned up in their thousands to be part of the 61st Nehru Trophy Boat Race, turning it into a spectacle that captured the essence of Alappuzha district.

Ravaged by unprecedented rains, most of the district is under water. But that did not diminish the spirit of the oarsmen or their supporters, who sat through a brief spell of rain and winds on an unusually sunny day for this season of heavy rain.

The entire town was in a celebratory mood with people at several junctions putting up a show to mark the occasion. People were seen dancing to the tune of boatmen’s songs and the rhythmic repetition of the old songs.

Full report here Hindu


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