57th edition of Kerala's famed Nehru Trophy snake boat race will be happening at the Punnamada lake in Alappuzha on Saturday 8th of August 2009.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be the chief guest of the event.Others prominent people who will be present include union ministers Ambika Soni, Kumari Selja, Shashi Tharoor.
The event that is named after India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru commemorates former prime minister Nehru's visit to the state in 1952 .
A 30-member team of women including nine foreigners will compete in the 57th edition of the famous snake boat race at the Punnamada lake.
It is said that Nehru, thrilled by the performance of the rowers, jumped into a snake boat disregarding security arrangements and protocol.Nehru donated a silver trophy to the rowers which is a replica of a snake boat placed on a wooden abacus, with an inscription and his signature.
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