Kerala’s boat race has gone global, and that’s just amazing!
The conic boat race in Kerala or widely known as Vallam Kali was recreated at Professor’s Lake, Brampton, Canada. The event was organised by India in Toronto and Brampton Malayalee Samajam to celebrate India’s 75th Independence day (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav). The Brampton Malayalee Samajam, a non-profit Malayali organization, preserving the cultural heritage of Kerala. The Brampton boat race is a gem of an event because it’s the only one that exists in North America
21 teams, including two teams of women, participated in the traditional boat race. All of them locking horns for 250 meters to win the ultimate price.
The Union Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, took to Twitter to appreciate this global gesture.
Kerala Boat Race goes global!— V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) August 29, 2021
Traditional Kerala Boat Race recreated in Professor’s Lake, Brampton, Canada by @indiaintoronto & Brampton Malayalee Samajam as part of #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav
Watch the enthusiastic participation of 19 mens’ and 2 womens’ teams vying for the trophy. pic.twitter.com/bxrz1PmGUj
In Kerala, Vallam Kali is hosted on the fifth day of Onam. It is one of the oldest, thriving traditions of Kerala. To see such a spectacle on foreign waters is a huge pride for Malayalis all around the world.