Their eyes beheld a most amazing creation.
Here was this thing twenty-eight kols (about 60 feet) long and fifty angulams (palm measures) wide. Most of it was a long solid log of kadampu (burflower tree) wood with a jutting nose and dug-out cavities. The stern was a gracefully ascending blade rising up more than twice the height of a man, reinforced by chiseling and riveting. Hastily put together without the traditional lengthy curing processes the thing mesmerized the awestruck audience.
Once upon a time,
in this watery world called Kuttanad,
kingdoms fought over harvest and fishing rights.
There for a rajah to wage his naval battles,
came a weapon of stealth called CHUNDAN.
A historical film
The story about how the famous Snakeboat of
God's Own Country came to be.
Alexa 65 dual 3D for Imax large screen projections
- based on the novel Chundan
Though graceful, there was something unsettling about it.
It evoked a snake with its hood raised .... a horse with its forelegs frozen in mid-gallop.
There is tremendous visual tension in its lines ... as if the next moment it's going to roll over.
Staring at the bronze bow that resembled a banana flower pod, in hoarse voice the elderly palace architect blurted out "chundan".
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