President's Trophy Boat Race
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The President's Trophy Boat Race (Malayalam: പ്രസിഡന്റ്'സ് ട്രോഫി വള്ളം കളി) is a popular boat race held on the Ashtamudi lake in Kollam city on 1 November every year. The day marks the birth of the Indian state of Kerala, known as Kerala Piravi. This is the most popular of the races to be held during the season of the harvest festival, Onam, in Autumn on Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam. There would be races in five categories, namely Chundan Vallam (snake-boats), two grades of Veppu Vallam, and two grades of Iruttukuthi Vallam. Sixteen snake-boats would compete in four heats. The trophy had been instituted in the name of the President of India. President of India will be present to witness the race and would also give away the trophy and cash prize to the winning team. The race will become a part of Kerala's IPL-model boat race league from 2019 onward. The Government of Kerala is planning to make President's Trophy Boat Race as the finishing event of Champions’ Boat League.
|President's Trophy Boat Race|
|Annual event since||2011|
|Current champion||St.Pious Xth|
|Course||Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam Kerala|
About the eventEdit
Kollam is a miniature of Kerala in all its pomp and pride in tourism map. The Ashtamudi Lake – beautiful calm water spread with enchanting greenery on the blanks. It is also gifted with unique representative features - sea, lakes plains, monuments, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, and vast green fields.
The venue is at Gateway of Ashtamudi. The race will start from the water column near Thevally Palace and finishing point will be front of the house boat terminal. The water body having 1250 m long in between these two points is scheduled as the Track for the race.
As the oarsmen throw their oars in unison to the fast paced rhythm of the vanchipattu (Song of the Boatmen), the huge black crafts slice through pristine race course of Ashtamudi Lake to a spectacular finish. Hundreds of spectators, including tourists from abroad, thronging the lake front, erupts out of joy.
Boat race is telecasted live in DD National and DD Malayalam.
Champions - first editionEdit
Her Excellency the Honorable President of India, Smt.Pratibha Devisingh Patil gave away the President's Trophy and cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh to the winners.
Trophies and prize moneyEdit
The gold-plated trophy and rupees 10 lakhs cash award.
|2011||Sree Ganesh Chundan||Saint Francis Boat Club||K Arun Kumar|
|2012||Jawahar Thayankari||Sangam Kannety|
|2013||KARICHAL CHUNDAN||Jesus Boat Club-Kollam|
|2014||Anary||Kumarakam Town Boat Club|
|2016||Kattil Thekkethil||New Alapy Town Boat Club|
|2017||St. Pious Xth||SFBC|
|2019||Nadubhagam||Pallathuruthy Boat club(PBC)||Narayanankutty|
- Chief Patron: Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala
- Chairman: District Collector of Kollam
- General Convener: District Magistrate of Kollam
- Mayor, Corporation of Kollam
Other notable boat races in KeralaEdit
Other notable events in cityEdit
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