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. A global production.

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". 

"… This is not a boat … it's a device to defeat the enemy. …  
If you want to have a long thing that can carry lots of combatants on water, .... if you want a thing that is strong and won't capsize or sink, .. if you want something that turns quickly around  … so that your swordsmen get a second chance to slash ... then whatever you call it, ....this is it!!
Illustration for Graphic Novel
by  Namboothiri

Kakkanad - Kerala, India | ©2017 Navodaya Studio | navodayastudio@gmail.com

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