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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Spotlight on special side of stamps

ALLAHABAD: The two-day Allahabad Philatelic Exhibition 'Allaphilex-2013' at Gandhi Art Gallery of North Central Zone Cultural Centre was inaugurated on Sunday by Justice Pankaj Mithal of Allahabad High Court accompanied by Padma Shri Shamsurrahman Farooqui, A K Gupta postmaster general and Krishna Kumar Yadav director postal services, Allahabad region.

Philatelists of the city showcased various types of postage stamps in the exhibition. Thousands of stamps were displayed in 59 frames, including a wide range of colorful stamps, featuring Allahabad, 100 years of cinema, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Nehru family, Indian Freedom Struggle, famous masjids, bio diversity, Rotary, Fire Brigade, Red Cross, and awareness campaigns against AIDS, malaria, etc.

The show included not only stamps issued in India but also rare stamps and postage stationery issued in other countries of the world. Other than senior philatelists of the city, students and children too exhibited their postage stamps collection. This exhibition was organised after five years, the last being in 2007.

Addressing the programme held after the inauguration of the exhibition chief guest Justice Pankaj Mithal spoke about his hobby of collecting stamps. Mithal also said every stamp had a story and there was need to link the new generation to it. He described postage stamps as "Carrier of emotions", from one person to another. Justice Mithal emphasised such exhibitions be held every year to help sustain philately as a hobby. Padma Shri Shamsurrahman Farooqui said such exhibitions, on one hand portrayed and promoted glorious traditions of a vibrant country like India and on the other hand promoted harmony and friendship.

A K Gupta said postage stamps enhanced knowledge and strengthened education system. The postal services director said postage stamp may look like a bit of paper but in fact it is a tiny ambassador, which travels across countries and gives everyone a glimpse of the country's civilization, culture and heritage, the people, their belief and philosophy, history, culture, heritage, ambitions and expectations. It is filled with enchanting vitality.

Yadav told an interesting story about a European woman of 19{+t}{+h} century who got the idea to decorate her dressing room with postage stamps and collected 16,000 stamps from her acquaintances and for the rest released an advertisement in Times of London, requesting readers to send used postage stamps to complete her collection. Thereafter, collecting stamps gained popularity as a hobby all over the world.

The much awaited 'My Stamp' scheme of the postal department was also launched during the programme. Many persons, including Justice Pankaj Mithal, got their photos printed on postage stamps. There was a lot of enthusiasm among youngsters for the scheme. Yadav informed that the scheme will be launched as part of Kumbh Mela.
Source : The Times of India, 15 Jan, 2013

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