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Celebration: Spectators sitting on floating platforms and watching artistes performe on a floating tableau during the Reunion Wateremenship Regatta 2007 on Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore on Friday.
Celebration: Spectators sitting on floating platforms and watching artistes performe on a floating tableau during the Reunion Wateremenship Regatta 2007 on Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Governor Rameshwar Thakur inaugurated the show

The first tableau was of the Trishna Yacht Club

Parachute Regiment Training Centre displays parasailing

BANGALORE: For the Madras Engineer Group, also called Madras Sappers, Friday’s celebration of its 227th anniversary was a matter of much pomp and gaiety. The Ulsoor Lake provide the perfect setting.

The celebrations began on an unusual note. Governor Rameshwar Thakur, sporting a red coloured life jacket, arrived in a boat from the MEG’s Trishna Club to the floating platform installed in the middle of the lake. On landing at the platform he was given a set of colourful balloons to mark the start of the biennial reunion. Unlike the usual parade, Mr. Thakur witnessed a row past where MEG personnel came in seven boats and saluted him. Those who came in the boats included MEG personnel who had represented the country in different sporting events.

Then followed the tableaux laid on rafts that showed the growth of the MEG from 1780 to its present state. The first tableau was that of Trishna Yacht Club - the hub on MEG’s sailing activity. There was a tableau depicting the MEG’s work, which includes the way it is equipped to handle nuclear and biological warfare. There was a lot of appreciation for children of MEG personnel for their presentation of classical dances of South India on a floating platform.

It was on these sailing platforms that the Army Physical School and the MEG personnel gave a breathtaking display of gymnastics. The audience tapped their feet for the Madras Sappers Band’s presentation of the numbers “East or West … India is the best” and A.R. Rehman’s “Vande Mataram”. The applause reached a new high when water sports took centre stage, an area of intense passion for the Madras Sappers. It all started with the medley race. This was followed by the cutter race and rowing and kayaking events. “Nehal, come on!,” cheered the spectators, when they spotted a recognisable MEG personnel leading a team in the medley race. Along with the water sports was the display of parasailing by a team of Parachute Regiment Training Centre.

The celebration came to an end with an eye catching display of fireworks. A large number of relatives of former and the present MEG personnel took part .

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