Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin edited and published by Jeevan Jyoti from Dehradun.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rainbow May 2016

 Recent Europa 2016 Stamps with a common theme “Think Green” !
Dehradun    May 2016     Vol.IX       No.101

Monthly e-stamp Bulletin edited by Jeevan Jyoti for free circulation among philatelists 
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Dear Reader

I am pleased to release 101st issue of Rainbow Stamp News. Now Rainbow goes ahead for the second century. Thanks to all the Readers and Contributors who made possible by their contribution and support to complete 100 issues of Rainbow without a break! Hope this journey will be continued in the years to come.

I wish to draw the attention of all philatelists and concerned authorities of India Post regarding the price of Special Covers. The price of Special Cover varies in different postal circles. What is the reason behind it. The price of special cover issued by every circle of India Post should be uniform. In UP circle and some other postal circles of India Post, every special cover is priced at Rs 25 or more.  This is not justified.  The price of the special covers must be same for every postal circle . Readers are requested to send their feedback in this regard.

This is all for this month . More in next issue !
Happy Collecting !! 
                                                                                                     ……. Jeevan Jyoti                                                                                                                                                                        


§  From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§  Recent Indian Issues
§  In The News
§  Doon Philatelic Diary
§  Reader’s Right
§  Beginners’ Section
§  Specialized Section 
§  New Issues from Other Countries
§  Acknowledgement
§  Philatelic Clubs and Society
§  Blogs & Websites on Philately
§  Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter



Recently I saw a news on face book social media that some veteran and dedicated philatelist has planned to open a museum / display centre / philatelic cum education centre  in Cuttack, Orissa under the banner of “Odisha Philately and Education Trust” to give a new direction and dimension to the philately in India which is in staggering and struggling state today due to emergence of  so many other hobbies based on digital and virtual communication systems which are in the race to get the crown of being King of Hobbies.  In India, this is probably the first ever thought  by an individual or may be a group of people or organization to develop such centre which in turn will help development and promotion of this educational hobby.

I could see the building planned to be a double storied one which has beautiful elevation and appeared to me will have all the modern facilities and amenities  to help preservation of philatelic material in form of hi tech archive, display rooms / halls, study and tutorial / class rooms, library, discussion halls, auditorium etc etc. .

I still don’t know what  exactly is proposed / planned to be there but certainly this will be a new milestone in the history of development of philately in India. There are postal training centre exclusively of employees of India Post which also use the services of veteran philatelists for training of its employees but I don’t see any training centre either for philatelists or for the judges of philatelic exhibits.

In my previous articles, I have always been professing the various services to be provided to the philatelists, exhibitors and jury to help bettering the performance of Indian exhibitors and to promote and develop this hobby but  all were just views and opinion nothing else. But as we say everything which comes on the surface /in to existence is the result of a thought only.

I thank and salute the person who has given direction to the thoughts and has put one step ahead towards its  execution. I understand if this building come in to existence and the very purpose of its being is met ; there will certainly be  vast changes in future in the field of philately. I understand this  venture will also stress upon the education ministry to include  philately in its curriculum in any form as philately is an established educational hobby. This may further become the centre of control of all major philatelic activities in India.
All in all, these all are my speculations but if the news is true and any such thing is being planned, I must say this will be turning point in history of development and promotion in India.


Philately is diversifying . New branches are developing. From the traditional limited classes to now it has grown and separate wings like Maximaphily, Astrophily, Aero Philly, First day and Special cover class etc. have come up. Lots of work is being done on there. Rules and regulations are being formulated.
In India, we still see certain slackness and will to apply lacks. Social philately has started its inclusion in several Indian philatelic shows but Frugal Philately seems to be unknown to the philatelic planners and organizers. For philately to grow from grass root level, it has to reach the masses. It should reach the people of all financial status. Those who cannot afford high cost philatelic material, should be provided with low cost material. Even those who have  sufficient unwanted philatelic stuffs should be asked to go in for Frugal Philately which basically is known as  “Usage of waste” or “Making something from the waste  philatelic  stuffs”. So, I appeal to all concerned to  adopt the newly coming up classes which will certainly enfold very good number of stamp lovers and help promotion of philately.

Further to this, we all see that world over “One frame exhibiting”  is gaining popularity like T-20 cricket matches in International circuit. Looking in to  the fast and busy life style  and to some extent  budgetary  issues too; one frame exhibiting is gaining popularity as it is most suitable to maximum of the exhibiting aspirants.  Recently one of my philatelic friends Mr. Sandeep Jaiswal  living in US  won “Gold Medal “ and also “One Frame Grand Award” at Westpex 2016 on his Single frame Postal Stationery Exhibit titled “ Indian Postal Stationary for the China Expeditionary Force” .It also won Single Frame Postal Stationery “Champion of Champions” award given to the best single frame P/S exhibit for the entire exhibit year March 2015-March 2016.My heartiest congratulations to him for this achievement. So when this much honor and pleasure can be achieved through 16 sheets , why to go for huge number. I mean, here is the time when Single Frame or One frame exhibiting needs importance. This will increase the participation with the same number of frames. I would love to mention name of one of my veteran philatelist friend Mr Prashant Pandya who introduced both One Frame Exhibiting and Social Philately in India through National Stamp Exhibition “STAMPMANIA 2009” held by Baroda Philatelic Society in 2009. But there after no much improvement could be seen.

Lastly, I would say, now is the time when all these classes need to be promoted. Their Rules and Regulations need to be made easily available and known to all. All the clubs and societies need to promote this amongst their members. Experts in the field need to write more on these so that it reaches one and all and it become easier for collector as well as exhibitor to adopt and go ahead.
Naresh Agrawal  : email :

Thank you all !!

Rainbow completed its 100 issues in April 2016 – Now starting a new century…. Thanks to all its Readers and Contributors !!


Hearty CONGRATULATIONS, May you achieve greater heights every day.
- Dr Sita Bhateja - Bangalore

Dear Jyoti
I am immensely delighted to learn that RAINBOW STAMP NEWS, edited by Ms. JEEVAN JYOTI is celebrating its 100th issue. I am happy not because this Stamp News is celebrating its 100th issue but because it is being edited by a Housewife. Emergence of JYOTI in Indian Philately is not a surprise; she has had a strong footing in philately from her early childhood. From her school days she was closely associated with my Philatelic friend B. J. KUMAR and helped him in publication of U-PHIL TIMES.

The First philatelic magazine published in India in 1894 - THE PHILATELIC WORLD, a monthly journal of PHILATELIC SOCIETY OF BENGAL. In 1896, there was another philatelic society in Calcutta, known as Kasauli Stamp Club and the first annual report of the K. S. C. (Calcutta circle) was published on 30th September, 1896. But I am not sure whether it was a Calcutta based society or a Simla base, as KASAULI is located in Solan district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. However, at that time only Englishmen were allowed to be the member of the society. Later on, in 1907 a Bengali babu Mr. C.K. Dutta, became the first Indian member of the society. Since then many short-lived philatelic journals were published, but woman edited none of them. I edited STAMPS WORLD (first issue in 1979), and later on my daughter late Ruana joined as its News Editor. Had she been alive today (she expired at the age of 22 in 1996), she could have been its editor. I am happy that my other daughter Jeevan Jyoti fulfills my dream. It’s a wonder being a housewife, how she is managing all these. She is lucky to have a husband like Ajay, who always encourages her.
A magazine always shapes opinion, caters information of past and present and RAINBOW STAMP NEWS is doing these meticulously.
I bestow my blessings on her and wish her all success in bringing out the 100th issue of RAINBOW STAMP NEWS .
-Dipok Dey- Kolkata

It was indeed a great pleasure going through your 100th issue of RSN ! Once again my hearty congrats to you for this superb achievement.

-Shrikant Parikh, Ahmedabad

Hearty congratulations for 100th issue of Rainbow. It is your dedicated effort and which has made it a successful era.
-Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)

100th issue of the Rainbow. Our best wishes for this great occasion. We pray that 100 becomes 200 and more. God bless you .
-Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta – Pune

Dear Jyoti
I am delighted to know that Rainbow stamps has entered its 101 issue. Jyoti I really appreciate the contents and well edited articles. Month after month you give us something so new- things we had not heard about or taken note of. That I think is one of the biggest strength of this commendable piece of information dissemination which keeps the reader's interest alive.
Another thing I must appreciate is the flawless editing of the write ups. Being an editor myself I know what a challenging responsibility it is.
Long live Rainbow news !
Best wishes always....
-Rashmi Luthra , New Delhi
Editor : “After School’’ Magazine ,Jaiditya Publications

100 Issues ! A great achievement ! Congratulations Ms Jyoti – and thanks too.
-Kenneth Sequeria- Dubai

Chasing different aspects of philately. Best wishes for century achievement.
-Arvind Mullick- Jabalpur

Hearty Congrats on a Superb Century Jeevan Jyoti !
-Nikhilesh Melkote – Bangalore

Dear Mrs Jyoti
My Congratulations for Isue No. 99 and it is a pleasure for me to contribute to your blogs and may be with great pleasure your next issue no.100.

-Wolfgang Beyer - Germany

Dear Mrs Jeevan Jyothi,

My heartiest congratulations on bringing out the 100th issue of the Rainbow stamp news. I always look forward for the issue, as  I am regular reader from the beginning found it to be very informative and educative. It is also very attractive with latest colourful stamps from all over the world. Regular articles from leading philatelists are a pleasure to read as they contain lot of valuable information.. God bless you to continue  doing the wonderful work.
with best wishes and regards, 

-Cdr. G Sri Ramarao,I.N,(Retd.) – Vishakhapatnam

Congratulations and best wishes for another hundred beautiful issues .
-Ajit Kumar Dash – Bhubaneshwar

My wishes to you. All the associates involved. Those provided material. Authors who presented articles…To all my best wishes..Wish that it still go upto greater heights..

 -Sridhar Krishnan – Pattukkottai ( Tamil Nadu)

Recent Indian Issues   

·         8 March 2016 - UN Women He for She – Rs 5 & Rs 25 + MS
·         11 March 2016 - National Archives of India – Rs 5
·         13 March 2016 - Allahabad High Court – Rs 5 & Rs 15 + MS
·         14 April 2016 – Fire Services in India – Rs 5
·         27 April 2016 - Govardhanram Tripathi – Rs 5

Recent Special Covers

19 March 2016 :The everlasting flame Int Programme 2016, New Delhi
20 March 2016 : World Sparow Day – Lucknow

8 April 2016 : Mission Save the Mother Earth – Jalandhar
9 April 2016 : Int. Convention on World Homeopath Day – New Delhi
13 April 2016 :  Shi Pilikula Nisargadhama- Bangalore
13 April 2016 : 15 Years Western Union – New Delhi
14 April 2016 : BRICS 2016 - Mumbai

22 April 2016 : Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv 2016, Pratham Shahi Snan - Ujjain
23 April 2016 : ATEETA-2016 - Shivamogga.
24 April 2016 : 25th Shukla Day Coin and Philately Fair- Mumbai
26 April 2016 : 10th Anniversary of installation of Ahimsa Ball – New Delhi
  1 May 2016 :  Panchkroshi Yatra  - Ujjain
3 May 2016 : Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey Namme 2016 -  Madikeri.
4 May 2016 : DGOF Employees’ Welfare Board  - Kolkata

Special Covers to be released by India Post during World Stamp Expo, New York (May 28 – June 4 2016)

World Stamp Expo at New York is scheduled at May 28 - June 4.India Post has planned to issue set of 16 Special Covers during the occasion, on various themes. Booking for covers has started at E-Post site. Cost of set of 16 covers is Rs. 4,800.The covers will be delivered after the event is over. Covers can be bought individually too.

Courtesy – Jagannath Mani & Kasninath R.

 In The News

'Inverted Jenny' stamp stolen in 1955 resurfaces

This undated photo provided by Spink, USA, shows a 1918 "inverted Jenny" stamp that was stolen in 1955. (Spink USA via AP)
Opening a new chapter in an infamous stamp-world mystery, a valuable "inverted Jenny" stamp has surfaced six decades after it was stolen from a collectors' convention.
The stamp — one of the world's most famous pieces of postage — was among four of its kind taken from a 1955 collectors' convention. While two were recovered over 30 years ago, there had been no sign of the others until this one was submitted to a New York auction house this month and authenticated.
"It's one of the most notorious crimes in philatelic history, and there's a piece of the puzzle now that's in place," said Scott English, the administrator of the American Philatelic Research Library, which owns the stamp and is working with auctioneers Spink USA and federal authorities to recover it.
The would-be consigner, a man in his 20s who lives in the United Kingdom, said he'd inherited the stamp from his grandfather and knew little about it, said George Eveleth, head of Spink USA's philatelic department. He said authorities had told the auctioneers not to release the name of the consigner, who is in his 20s.
While it's unclear whether the man can shed any light on the long-cold trail to the thieves, the stamp was accompanied by an intriguing item: a 1965 letter about a monetary loan from a noted stamp dealer to a well-known auctioneer, both now dead, Eveleth said. The letter isn't necessarily connected to this stamp, however.
Still, the Bellefonte, Pennsylvania-based philatelic library hopes the stamp's discovery could lead to new clues.
"We're going to remain optimistic," English said. "Because think about it: Here we are, 61 years later, and a stamp has appeared."
Worth 24 cents when issued in 1918, inverted Jenny stamps fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars today. While other stamps are rarer, the Jenny is one of few that is readily recognized even by non-collectors, Eveleth said.
It made its way into popular culture in movies such as 1985's "Brewster's Millions," in which Richard Pryor's character uses one to mail a postcard, and television shows including "The Simpsons," in which Homer Simpson finds but disregards a sheet of them at a flea market. The Postal Service issued a commemorative inverted Jenny stamp in 2013.
The original was made to celebrate the launch of U.S. air mail. Some were printed with the Curtiss JN-4H "Jenny" biplane inverted, and a savvy customer bought a 100-stamp sheet before anyone realized the error.
Over the years, they were separated, coveted, counterfeited and narrowly saved from the blitzkrieg of London in World War II and from a flood in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
A block of four was on loan to the American Philatelic Society when stolen from a display case at its 1955 convention in Norfolk, Virginia. The lender, who died in 1980, gave her rights to the stolen stamps to the society, which shares some ties with the American Philatelic Research Library.
Two of the Jenny stamps were recovered in the '70s and '80s from different Chicago stamp connoisseurs, who said they'd bought the stamps from people who had since died or whose names they didn't know, according to a 2014 article in American Philatelist, the society's journal.
Source : Fox News

Recent Stamp Exhibitions

NATUREPEX-2016, National Philatelic Exhibition on Nature and Environment will be organized by the Eastern India Philatelists’ Association with active support of the Department of Posts, Government of India from 30th September to 2nd October, 2016 at KiiT International School, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha with an objective to aware people for protection of natures and conserve our environment. The exhibits relating to Nature, Flora & Fauna, Environment and related subjects will only be exhibited in this exhibition as per the decision taken at the Special Meeting of the Eastern India Philatelists’ Association held on 03.05.2015. The exhibition will be of 400 frames and will be competitive one. The main theme of the exhibition is ‘Save our Nature & Environment’. This exhibition would give extensive mileage to the promotion of Philately as well as create awareness to save our environment and to preserve the endangered species in our country.

Participation in the exhibition is open to all philatelists throughout  India. Exhibitor should be a member of a registered Philatelic Society/ Association/Club. The prospectus is under preparation, which will be published along with the entry form shortly. For details Please visit :

-Ajit Kumar Dash : Secretary, EIPA

CHINA 2016 - 33th Asian International Stamp Exhibition

CHINA 2016 will be held at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center, Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China from December 2 - 6,  2016.

CHINA 2016 (33th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) will be organized under the Patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) and Recognition of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).Mr Surajit Gongvatana is the FIAP Co-ordinator of CHINA 2016

This exhibition is organized by the All-China Philatelic Federation, jointly with the State Post Bureau of The People’s Republic of China, The People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and China Post Group.

 Mr.Surendra A. Kotadia is National Commissioner for CHINA - 2016 from India. His contact details are as below.

                        1119 MAKER CHAMBER - V
                        221 JAMANALAL BAJAJ ROAD, NARIMAN POINT
                        MUMBAI 400 021 .
                                                  TELIPHONE  + 91 22 22024130/31
                                                  MOBILE         + 91 98199 03789
                                                  FAX                + 91 22 22843275

PHILATAIPEI 2016 : World Stamp Championship Exhibition

Mr. Anil Suri is  the National Commissioner for India of PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition being held at Taipei, Taiwan from October 21 to 26, 2016. This is fourth World Stamp Championship show which will be the highest level of competition in philately where the best philatelists in the world will compete for awards.  There will be 3 finalists: The World Champion, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up.  The World Champion is therefore recognized as having won the highest award in the world's stamp competitive exhibitions.
Anil Suri : email : 8130827029, 9811176908

World Stamp Show-NY 2016

World Stamp Show, New York 2016 will be held from 28th May to 4th June 2016 at New York, USA.

Shri Dhananjay Desai of Ahmedabad  is Commissioner  for this exhibition. He may be contacted at email :
Website of exhibition:
Date :  May 28-June 4, 2016 Venue :  Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West

THAILAND 2016, 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition


National Commissioner: Rajan Jayakar : email : 

Mobile :9821072417

News from Philatelic Clubs and Societies

German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie

A Philatelic Exhibition MERSEBURG 2016 was held in Merseberg, Germany from 24-26 April 2016. More as 67 exhibits in 310 Frames were on display at the exhibition . A presentation of Indian Philately with philatelic material like periodical publications, handbooks, catalogues , stamps and envelopes was organized.

Calicut Philatelic Club

The Annual General Body Meeting of  Calicut Philatelic Club, held at The Bullion Arcade, Calicut, on May 1, 2016..

In the presence of renowned philatelist and Numismatis Shri. Tom Vadakkummola as the Electoral officer, the newly elected office bearers are: 

President: UB Nayak
Vice President: T.Raghavan
Secretary: Ashwin Ramesh (2nd term)
Jt. Secretary: KP Mohammed
Treasurer: MS Balakrishnan
Auditor: Balakrishnan N (3rd term)

Executive Members:
Adv.Abdul Salam KV
Abraham NA
Rajesh D Nair
Jamaaludheen T
Dr.Shibu Varghese
Mujeeb Rahman
Postal address of the Club : The Calicut Philatelic Club,PO Box 148,Calicut-673001 (KERALA)

-Jagannath Mani - Bangalore

Doon Philatelic Club

Meeting of Doon Philatelic Club was held on 17th April at the residence of  Ms.Jeevan Jyoti. It was attended by Mr PC Agrawal, President of DPC, Mr Gunjan Maithel,General Secretary of DPC, Mrs Anita Maithel, Mr Ajay Srivastav, Mr Arun Bhamri. Mr Abhai Mishra, Mr Ajay Srivastav, Mr Rajesh Verma, Naina Verma, Mr & Mrs Sanjiv Jain. During the meeting 100th issue of Rainbow Stamp News was also released by Mr PC Agrawal. President of Doon Philatelic Club.

My Stamp on Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv

India Post launched new My Stamp on Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv 2016 with the picture of the theme of Kumbh Mahaparv at Ujjain on 22nd April 2016. My Stamp sheets are printed at Security Printing Press, Hyderabad without serial numbers and ‘My Stamp’ words are incorporated in stamp design.

Doon Philatelic Diary

Memorial built for the adversary

-Abhai Mishra

Doon valley has several interesting landmarks embedded in its historical timeline. One such event is the Anglo-Gurkha war (also known as battle of Nalapani or Khalanga) of 1814-15. In 1804, Raja Pradyuman Shah of Tehri was killed by the, Nepalese army in the battle of Khurbura and the Doon valley came under the control of Gurkhas. Being a strategic and trade intensive zone, British wanted their control on Dehradun. On October 31, 1814  the third infantry division under Major General, Sir Robert Rollo Gillespie, with a strong 3000+ initial troop,  attacked the Khalanga -Nalapani fort defended by Balbhadra Kunwar and his soldiers barely 600 in number. British had latest weapons including canons while Gurkhas mainly had Khukris. Major General, Sir Robert Rollo Gillespie, who was a highly decorated general was killed on the very first day of the siege by the valiant Gurkhas. He was succeeded by Colonel Sebright Mawbey. The war which the British thought will hardly last for few days went for a month as the Gurkha men, women and children fought fiercely.

After several unsuccessful attempt to  seize the fort by direct attack the British cut the water supply of the garrison by blocking the chandra-taal. This forced Balbhadra Kunwar to evacuate the fort with 70 of his men on 30 November 1814. The Nepalese troops went away, but did not surrender before the British troops. The fort was totally razed to the ground by the British troop later.

 The British were so impressed by the gallantry of the Gurkhas that Lt. Fredrick Young (who later founded Mussoorie), ADC to General Gillespie requested the Queen to raise a regiment of Gurkhas in the British troop. Treaty of Sugauli was signed between Nepal And East India Company on 2 Dec. 1815, following the Anglo-Gurkha war. A clause was inserted into the treaty that enabled the British to recruit

Thus in 1815 the 1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment) , 2nd King Edward's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles  and others were raised. In 1947, as part of India's independence, it was agreed that the Gurkha regiments would be split between the British and Indian armies—the British Army took four regiments (the 2nd, 6th, 7th and 10th), while the Indian Army retained the rest.

British also built a war memorial at Sahastradhara road, Dehradun, having twin obelisks, one in the memory of Major General Gillespie and his officers and men and the other, probably the only one of its kind in the world, dedicated to the memory of the very men they defeated- Balbhadra Kunwar and his brave Gurkhas.

- Abhai Mishra : email :


Mr PC Agrawal,President of  Doon Philatelic Club, Dehradun is grand old philatelist of Dehradun. He has collected a large number of stamps and First Day Covers over the years. Today at the age of 85, he shows his collection with pride to the young collectors . In his collection he has many old letters which he received during correspondence with his pen friends from different countries. Mr Agrawal is still enthusiastic, full of energy, young by heart and possesses a strong will power to do something new even at this age. Immensely creative, courageous, ardent lover of art and music, has zeal for social work and potential philatelic aspirant ; He loves meeting philatelists and shares his experiences. Having a versatile personality, this man is still a big inspiration for youngsters. In his young age he probably was the first man to go out for solo all India Journey on a motorcycle. As president of Doon Philatelic Club, he  wishes to take the club to the heights where it is known all over. Rainbow feels privileged to have interview of grand old philatelist of Dehradun in which reflections of his versatile personality could be seen and hope  the  readers would be pleased to read his inspirational interview.

 Interview with Shri PC Agrawal – Grand Old Philatelist of Dehradun

1.    At the age of 85, you look so enthusiastic, energetic and willing to do something or the other. Your life has been full of thrill, creativity, and adventure. Your brief opinion about your life?
Live the life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of it as you can live once only .In fact, exploring and living the life as far as possible has been my mission since  my childhood. So, I believe how old you get it does not matter till you are young at heart. Creativity is one which gives immense satisfaction and enjoy . So, I tried my best throughout my life to learn more, to explore and to enjoy the life beside doing my duties honestly.

2.    It is seen that children are the one who easily get attracted to the beautiful and mesmerizing colors of the stamps. Tell us something about how you got in to the world of philately. Also tell about your philatelic interests.
In my case also I was attracted towards the beautiful stamps at the age of 14. One of my friends introduced me to his father who was a veteran philatelist who practically introduced me to the stamps and from here my journey to the world of stamps started. In 1947 a refugee laborer from Peshawar working at a house gave me 100 years old Indian stamps of the British era to boost my thirst for stamps. My philatelic interests are many such as Indian Stamps, Assorted stamps, Indian postal history covers, FDC’s etc. I have put them in albums, stock books and also some stamps are affixed in pre printed albums.

3.    Philately is king of hobbies and hobby of kings? How far this statement is justified in today’s scenario? What is that which you admire the most in philately?
Beyond any doubt, philately is king of hobbies but I slightly differ from the statement as now it is hobby of masses. It caters to a very simple poor person to a King. Philately has in its store so much to deliver. With spread of so many fields of philately, it serves every one. Thematic philately touches hearts of every one. Yes, postal history is a costly affair.The versatility, the vastness, the colours of the stamps, the journey of a letter from sender to the addressee .. are all which I like the most. Indian stamps do have special place in my heart.

4.    Philatelic clubs and societies play a vital role in development and promotion of philately  &  helps to enjoy and explore philately. How do you feel after joining the Doon Philatelic Club.
Yes, philatelic clubs and societies are very essential for development and promotion of philately. There are digital sites, magazines, journals, exchange and sale purchase sites but local clubs have their own importance. Everyone looks for appreciation. The will to share and learn is always there. The clubs and societies do the same. These also help in strengthening the bond of friendship and brotherhood.

I feel very  happy and also proud to be part of Doon Philatelic Club. The composition of its members has versatility as  members belong to different age groups, have different  philatelic interests, there are very senior and renowned philatelists, people from different walks of life are there….. all bunched together in this club gives me immense pleasure. I mean there is lot which can be learnt and delivered amongst the members.  I am thankful to all the members who elected me the founder president of the club.

5.    You are a man with versatile personality who enjoyed the life in open manner. A photographic genius, a social worker, a hardcore Violin Player, the first man who went on India Tour on a motorcycle,..a man who was looking forward for world tour on motorcycle, a man who promoted art, drama and culture during his college days…. I mean it’s amazing. Please tell us briefly  about  some of these interesting aspects of your personality?

As I have already opined that I wanted to enjoy every moment of life so I tried my best  in all the possible ways. Photography always fascinated me. I had a LEICA and a ROLICARD camera in those days . I was interested in music since my childhood (at the age of 12) and got training for Instrumental music. Yes, Violin has been very close to my heart and I excelled in violin playing too. Becoming first man to have travelled throughout India in 1958  on Royal Enfield motorcycle. This gave me strength as it was very difficult in  those days to think and complete such solo journey. It was tough and full of adventure crossing rivers, passing through dense forests, deserts, meeting with minor accident ,facing motorcycle breakdown in remote area, passing nights on road side etc. etc..  .Drama and stage plays  were close to my heart. I was the founder president of the JUNIOR CHAMBERS in 1965 under which I started the GANDHI CENTANERY EYE HOSPITAL in Dehradun. I was also selected in J.S.W.(Army) though I didn’t peruse it. I am thankful  to my family who always encouraged me to live the life to the fullest. My wife too has been an excellent painter.  I won’ t say I have achieved  whatever I wanted but I am satisfied with what I could do but of course, there is still desire to do something new…

6.    Rainbow is an established philatelic digital journal. How do you feel after having copies of Rainbow in your hand/on your desktop. Tell something about your experience about such journals and their place in promotion of philately ?
Rainbow is truly  a marvelous philatelic journal which covers various desired aspects of philately and keeps the readers updated. In a short span of time, Rainbow has become my necessity as I enjoy reading the contents again and again. My thanks to Mrs. Jeevan Jyoti who puts so much of hard work into it. The regular contributors like Mr. Naresh Agarwal, Dr. Satyendra Agrawal and Dr. Jagtap etc.  too deserve all appreciation. My sincere thanks to all of them.

Yes, philatelic journals and magazines are essential for new and veteran stamp lovers and philatelists. They help in promotion and development of philately as they serve knowledge and act as platform to put your views.

7.    As you have told, you have collected philatelic material on different aspects of philately. Tell us about your plans about what you are going to do with the philatelic assets you have. Are you going to dispose that off or planning to preserve the same?
I do have sufficient philatelic material like stamps and covers of different era and countries which I love and love only. Apart from philatelic material I do have good number of memorabilia . I have never thought of disposing those off through sales. My children want those to be preserved  and give an opportunity to the coming generations to know about their family. I have good number of marvelous pieces of precision paintings done by my wife on thin cloth. The methodology to preserve the things is being worked upon by my children who love me the most.

8.    In the modern world, when the life styles and priorities have changed, many new sports and hobbies including virtual games have emerged, children have become more conscious about their career; how can philately survive? What are the affects of over-commercialization of the hobby?
Philately is king of hobbies and is immortal. There may be emergence of thousands of new hobbies but their effect is short term. Their lives are limited. Like new  songs which have very limited life. I have firm belief that “Old is Gold”. .Yes, priorities have changed, aspiration are different, life has become fast… but you know one has to stop somewhere.. and there philately serves as friend and healer which gives relief.. satisfaction, joy and pleasure.
Yes, commercialization has given new direction to the hobby as it has limited the birth of new philatelists. But It is a temporary phase which will pass and has short term effects.

9.    Finally, your views about your family support in your philatelic journey  and your message to the youngsters regarding adopting philately as hobby when there are several means of entertainment mainly the digital.
As already mentioned by me, my family has always been a big support for me. My parents encouraged me when I was child and young, my wife always stood by me and my children are always my admirer.  I will advise youngsters to live the life happily. Work hard with full devotion and dedication. Philately is such a hobby which stays in heart not in brain. Live the life through brain and love the life through heart.

Mr PC Agrawal may be contacted at email : 

-       Interview : Naresh Agrawal

Reader’s Right

Stamp issue calendar

Almost all the countries in the world issue their stamp issue program by November every year. India post also used to issue the same in December every year till 2014. However in 2015 and 2016 no yearly stamp  program has been issued by India Post so far. Only quarterly program is being issued irregularly as  can be seen that the second quarter issue program has not been issued so far. Sometimes the issue program is not being followed by India Post like the stamps of Ramayana, and Mahabharata were not issued last year in addition to stamps on musicians.

There are a total 18 new definitives were  issued as the 11th series from end 2015 till now. However none of them are available in many philatelic bureau or post offices so far.

It is a pity that the staff in the philatelic bureau does not know that the new definitives were issued and when they will be available.

Though stamps on some of the prime ministers of India were issued many times, no stamps were issued on former Prime Minister PV Narasimha rao as well as President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. Prime minister Narasimha Rao is known to be a learned person and mastered 14 Indian Languages and also brought an economic revolution in this country by bringing in Mr Manmohan singh as Finance minister and giving him a free hand for bring out out lot of economic changes in this country. It is a pity that the same Mr Manmohan Singh could not ensure that at least a stamp is issued or a memorial is built on   Shri Narasimha Rao though he was Prime minister for 10 years,we have memorials for all the other Prime ministers.

Though  Makers of India Definitive issues is a laudable idea, the India Post should consider better quality stamps for definitive issues. The size can be increased to that of commemorative issues and with colour printing. Also I feel the First definitive issues i.e. Archaeological series  are the best  out of all the definitives issued so far. The India post can plan and issue better definitive series including in them  great monuments, temples, gurudwaras, churches, maszids and a variety of subjects projecting our great country.

- Cdr. G Sri Ramarao,I.N,(Retd.) - Visakhapatnam  : email -

Beginners’ Section

Interesting Facts…

Living in the midst of such relative peace, wealth and plenty, it's hard for anyone today to imagine a time when there was such a shortage that people of America had to resort to ripping wallpaper from their walls to make envelopes. But it happened in the Southern states during the US Civil War fought from 1861 to 1865, on issue of slavery, during which, Union navy and railroad blockades isolated the Confederacy from all markets creating shortages of almost every kind of commodity, including paper. A Georgia soldier stationed in Florida wrote home to his wife to write half page letters, so he could answer on the other half - with paper so scare.

Even scarcer were envelopes too to mail the correspondence. Every source of paper imaginable: the backs of title pages from books, sheet music, maps, hotel guest registers, insurance forms, previously used envelopes, old documents, advertisement flyers and a host of other paper sources. Sources such as wallpaper, previously used envelopes; old documents etc. were used to create envelopes that are now referred to as “Adversity Covers”.

IS PENNY BLACK “World’s First Adhesive Postage Stamp”?

Though the Penny Black of Great Britain, which went on sale on 1 May 1840 and became valid for postage on 6 May 1840 earned the reputation of being the “World’s First Adhesive Postage Stamp”, but for a time, both the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Dictionary of National Biography recognized James Chalmers as the true inventor of Adhesive stamps. He was a Scottish bookseller and printer and in 1834 he made experimentally Adhesive Stamp in his print shop.

He lost the credit of being inventor of First Adhesive Stamp due to late publication of his letter on April 5, 1838 in Post Circular dealing with the idea of a stamped slip “rubbed over the back with a strong solution of gum and put the post office town stamp across the slip”. Rowland Hill’s proposal was already published a year before.
In 1982, Great Britain issued a booklet (Scott BK572) honoring James Chalmers. Booklet’s cover features his portrait while inside front cover shows his prototype “Stamps of 1837”.He also submitted the cancelled essays during 1839 Treasury Competition.

Specialized Section

Some Remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks – 39

 - Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap


Any correspondence is welcome --  Dr Avinash B. Jagtap : email :

“You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream!”
(Part II)

© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal


Throughout the 1700s, for instance, ice cream would often be served with a little wafer as a stomach settler. Occasionally, these were rolled into cone shapes and filled with fruit and ice cream, a clear ancestor to the modern ice cream cone. This use of them is first mentioned in 1769 in a British cook book.A cookbook called "The Italian Confectioner" published in 1827 includes a recipe for an almond wafer that should be rolled into "little horns" and included with ice cream.The earliest known patent for an ice cream cone maker comes from Manchester, and was invented by a man named Antonio Valvona in 1902.

He describes his invention as: By the use of the apparatus of this invention I make cups or dishes of any preferred design from dough or paste in a fluid state this is preferably composed of the same materials as are employed in the manufacture of biscuits, and when baked the said cups or dishes may be filled with ice-cream, which can then be sold by the venders of ice-cream in public thoroughfares or other places. It's pretty clearly an ice cream cone.

Ice cream cone was invented by Antonio Valvona in 1902

Another story tells that the ice cream cone was discovered in 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis.  An ice cream vendor didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with demand, so he teamed up with a Syrian waffle concessionaire named E.A. Hamwi, started rolling waffles into the shape of a cone.

Cones helped to meet heavy demand of Ice Cream during St. Louis World’s Fair

What is known is that the ice cream cone though existed before the 1904 World's Fair, but was thoroughly popularised there.

Ice cream cones popularised during 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair


As we shout “Ice cream wala aaya-Ice cream wala aaya”, in our childhood looking at the Ice Cream cart, European children chant about ice scream: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!,  was predictably, a commercial slogan for a particular ice cream product  the iconic  Eskimo Pie ,originally called   “I-Scream bar”. It is chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar wrapped in foil, invented by Danish Immigrant Christian Kent Nelson, who was a school teacher and the owner of a candy store. It deserves its place in history. Before its introduction, ice cream had never been delivered in such a convenient package and harmonious coupling, at least not to a mass-market.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream !

The interesting story behind this invention goes that a young boy came into Nelson’s shop on day in 1919 and had trouble deciding between a chocolate bar, ice cream, or some other type of candy treat. Nelson asked him why he didn't buy both. "Sure I know-I want them both, but I only got a nickel," said the boy. Nelson was no stranger to indecisive children, of course. On this occasion, however, he thought to himself that it would be a good idea to try to combine chocolate with ice cream, in one handy treat, so that customers would not have to decide between the two; they could have both.

Young boy wanted both ice cream bar and chocolate but had money for only one

He set to work and began experimenting, by dipping bars of ice cream into melted chocolate. At first, he could not get the chocolate to adhere to the ice cream very well. Then, a chocolate "bon bon" salesman told him that confectioners added cocoa butter to chocolate to help it adhere. He experimented more and found success by dipping ice cream bars into a chocolate mixture heated to 80 or 90°F, and putting it straight in a freezer.

Chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar wrapped in foil was invented by   Christian Kent Nelson, deserves its place in history

He called the bar the "Temptation I-Scream Bar and it sold well in his shop. Soon it is widely accepted and Nelson then came up with the catchy advertising slogan "I-scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream."   To make it more attractive treat, Nelson wanted the change in name.

Eskimo Pie gained national fame overnight

Nelson got patent for his I-scream bar in 1922 and issued 1,500 licenses within a year which rose to 2700 within 4 years. Magazine and newspaper articles of the time say that the Eskimo Pie gained national fame overnight. “People have gone wild over it. The demand for Eskimo Pies was so great (in almost two years, one billion were sold) that the product is said to have single handedly rescued the world cocoa market from a depression. Ecuador, especially, received great benefit from Eskimo Pie sales, and sent Chris Nelson a letter of thanks. Holland and Switzerland, as well, claimed that their economies had been rescued by Nelson. He had also changed the way ice cream was distributed, by using dry ice. During World War II, many Eskimo Pies were supplied to United States troops.

Before its introduction, ice cream had never been delivered in such a convenient package and harmonious coupling

Christopher Nelson rocked the ice cream world, and is one of the most important innovators in ice cream history.


Americans consume the most ice cream in the world per capita. it is estimated that the residents eat a whopping 26 of ice cream per person each year on average, and that the global consumption of ice cream is said to peak at 15 billion liters by 2015.

Americans consume the most ice cream in the world

This craziness is not new.  President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790 at an ice cream parlour in New York – the equivalent of nearly $100,000 in today’s money. Thomas Jefferson is said to have kept a stock pile of ice cream in the numerous ice houses he owned.  Mary Todd Lincoln wife of President Abraham Lincoln would frequently host ‘strawberry parties’ both prior to and during his Presidency, with ice cream sharing the spot light with the sweet fruit. First Lady Dolly Madison served Ice Cream at the 2nd Inaugural Ball for President James Madison in 1813 and kept it on the menu as the official dessert at White House dinners.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is said to have kept a stock pile of ice cream in the numerous ice houses they owned

Mary Todd Lincoln frequently hosted ‘strawberry parties’ with ice cream

In 1984, Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day and the month of July National Ice Cream Month.

Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday in July as “National Ice Cream Day” and the month of July “National Ice Cream Month”


By World War II (1941-1945), ice cream was packaged and sold in grocery stores. It was hugely popular with American soldiers. During wartime, for every pilot rescued from the water by an escort destroyer, aircraft carriers would give the smaller ship a twenty-gallon reward of ice cream. Ice cream became an edible morale symbol. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops.

Ice Cream was very popular with American soldiers

The United Press reported that the Army procurement priorities rated ice cream as essential for maintaining troop morale. In 1945, the Navy commissioned the world’s first "floating ice cream parlour" for service in the Western Pacific. The parlour was a refrigerated concrete barge, built at a cost of over one million dollars that was capable of producing ten gallons of ice cream every seven seconds making the military one of the world's largest producers of ice cream. Its sole responsibility was to produce ice cream for US sailors in the Pacific region.

US Navy commissioned the world’s first "floating ice cream parlour"

When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream.


In 1945, a 44-foot high, 16-foot wide, 3,500 cubic foot large helium-filled balloon shaped like a triple-decker ice cream cone was displayed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. It was billed as the world's largest cone.

World's largest cone

But record for world's largest Ice Cream filled cone was revealed in Gloucester, UK in 2011. It was about 13 feet tall filled with 2,204 pounds of Ice Cream that took more than a month to freeze was donated by famous Wall’s, a U.K. ice cream company.

World’s largest Ice Cream filled cone

World’s largest Ice Cream filled cone

Due to ongoing technological advances, today's total frozen dairy annual production is increasing very fast worldwide and Ice Cream is today, one of the well-loved deserts in the world.

Technological advances increasing very fast worldwide frozen dairy production

It can be in everyone's freezer and on every street corner. It's eaten any time of year but especially loved in summer. It comes in all sorts of designs--cups, cones, sandwiches, popsicles, cakes, cupcakes, pies etc. in unlimited tests and flavours. But  the most popular ice cream flavour remains vanilla !

Ice Cream Sandwiches, Cons and Cups

The most popular ice cream flavour is vanilla !

-       Dr SK Agrawal : email :

(Part 1)

-Col Jayanta Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta


Dr. Emanuel Hermann of Vienna (an economics professor), proposed the postcard, which greatly impressed the Austrian Post Office. On October 1, 1869, the world’s first government postal card was born. Austria sold these postal cards, with imprinted stamp, that were called Correspondenz Karte. During the first three months after being issued, nearly 3 million cards were sold.

Dr. Emanuel Hermann and the world’s first post card

Though Austria became the first country to publish the postcard, it not the first to conceive of the idea. A few years earlier, German postal official Dr. Heinrich von Stephan submitted a proposal for such an object, which was then fiercely debated and not executed in North Germany until July 1870, a year after Austria introduced the postcard to their country. Many other countries in Europe and Canada introduced official postal cards 1871-1873. The United States postal service embraced the postal card on 8 June 1872. However, it wasn’t until an agreement was reached at the first Postal Congress that postal cards were allowed to be sent internationally, which took effect 1 July 1875. 

The quarter anna post card was introduced for the first time by the Indian Post Office on 1 July 1879. This was meant to provide postage from one place to another within British India. This was the cheapest form of post provided to the Indian people to date and proved a huge success.All Indian domestic and foreign use post cards were designed and printed by De la Rue & Co, London. Detailed description is avoided as they are all illustrated.  

1 July 1879 Issue

Quarter anna post card was for domestic use and the 1½ anna post card (PC) was for foreign use. The ¼ anna PC was red-brown on buff/straw, of size 124 x 87 mm, while 1½ annas PC was blue on buff/cream, of size 122 x 87 mm. The tips of the tails of the lion and unicorn in coat-of-arms are straight down.

1 Feb 1884 Issue
These were same as previous issue but reply paid cards with facility for tearing at the top perforated 7, ¼+¼ anna PC was red-brown on buff/straw of size 122 x 87 mm and 1½ annas PC was blue on buff/cream of size 122 x 87 mm.

The ¼+¼ anna PC

1½ annas blue reply pair perf 7 overprinted SPECIMEN in red

1½ annas outward PC
1884-91 Issue   
These were same as previous issue with no perforation at top.

1890-92 Issue
Similar to 1879 issue but with new coat of arms which is a little larger with tip of tail of lion is at an angle of 45 degrees. The ¼ anna PC was red-brown on buff/straw of size 124 x 87 mm, while the 1½ annas PC was blue on buff/cream, of size 122 x 87 mm. The ¼ anna red-brown on buff, of size 121 x 74mm and ¼ + ¼ anna red brown on buff but with no perforation, with the size being the same at 121 x 74 mm.

The wrapper

1 Jan 1892 Issue
With the reduction of foreign postal rates from 1½ annas to one anna the previous issues, namely the single PC and the reply pair PC, both the perforated as well as the one without perforation, were surcharged ONE ANNA in black which were 3 mm in height and 18 mm in length.

Single PC

Outward bound of reply pair PC

Reply pair PC
1894 Issue
The new design of the imprinted stamp in octagonal frame with the value one anna in block capitals at the bottom of the stamp. Seen on buff cards with size 122 x 87 mm.

1899-1900 Issue
EAST was removed from heading, which now read INDIA POST CARD. The ¼ anna red-brown on buff single cards of size 121 x 74 mm and ¼ + ¼ anna red-brown on buff reply pair of size 121 x 74 mm.

9 Aug 1902 Issue
This was issued during the reign of King Edward VII. These were the 1+1 anna blue on buff card with size 122 x 87 mm similar to the 1894 issue.

Service Post Cards 1879 Issue
The 1879 issue was overprinted Service in black with S in serif and the rest in lower case with a stop at the end. “On Her Majesty’s Service” 49 mm length in black at left. These are rare and no unused copies known.

Image from Grosvenor Auctions, London

All service PCs thereafter were printed in India and were of the size 121x74 mm

1 April 1880 Issue
The card was designed and printed in India on stout white paper of size 121x74 mm. They are of two types with and without address lines. The imprinted stamp is a rectangle with crossed hatched lines with inscription “On H M’s Service”.

1 January 1881 Issue
Under the heading instruction in three lines with third line “must be written on the reverse.”

1887 Issue
Same as before but the third line consists of two words “the reverse”.
There is a variety with no dot after reverse.

1894 Issue
Same as before but the third line consists of one word “sender”.


Closing parenthesis (bracket) at the end missing

1899 Issue
Similar to the previous issue but East removed from the heading.

Last word “sender”


Last word “senders”

To be contd…

-Col Jayanta Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta : email - 

New issues from other Countries

Iceland : 28 April 2016

Europa 2016 stamps : Think Green

Protecting the ocean and its ecosystem

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Europa Stamps, Iceland Post issued two new stamps on 28 April 2016, tracing the importance of pollution free environment.

Hlynur Ólafsson designed the Icelandic stamp which is dedicated to the protection of the ocean. A relatively untouched nature and unpolluted environment is a key to human health, welfare and quality of life, as well as for strengthening social and economic development worldwide.
The objective of green thinking is the protection of ecosystems, including reducing unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. Unpolluted ocean and water constitute one of Iceland’s most important concerns. The government has long placed great emphasis on international action to prevent marine pollution and other harm to the marine environment.
Green information technology is also coming to the fore. Among the factors that can guarantee sound environmental awareness are outdoor activities, cycling and the recycling of paper and plastic products. It is important that adults show good example to children and young people as regards green thinking and environmental protection.

Luxembourg : 10 May 2016
RIO 2016

The Summer Olympic Games of 2016 will take place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The games will be the first to be organised in South America and the third to take place in the Southern Hemisphere, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.To mark this great upcoming sporting event Luxembourg Post is going to release on 10th May  a special stamp .
Olympics is an international multi sport event held in every four years. Rio de Janerio will host the next olympiad, the 2016 summer olympics games. It is scheduled to be held from 5th August to 21st August, 2016. This is the first olympics to be held in South America.
It is a big opportunity as well as challenge for Brazil to prove its excellence in organising world class events. The paralympics will also be held in Rio de Janerio from 7th September to 18th September.
There will be 28 sports and 38 disciplines in the upcoming olympic games. More than 10,500 athletes from 205 participating nations are expected to take part in this game.


27 April 2016 : Traditional Board Games 

The new special stamps issued by Singapore Post on 27 April 2016  feature a few common traditional board games that are well-liked and played by many Singaporeans.
Having a fun time with board games among family and friends is one of the favourite childhood memories of many. During the 70s and 80s, board games such as snakes and ladders, aeroplane chess and checkers were a few of the most popular games that both young and old enjoyed playing.
Chinese Chess (1st Local) is a strategy board game for two players. The game represents a battle between two armies, with the objective of capturing the enemy’s emperor.
Diamond Game (2nd Local) is a simple yet challenging game for two to six players. The objective is to be the first to move all of one’s game pieces into the opposite corner of a hexagram-shaped board. Though strategy is involved, the rules are simple enough for young children to enjoy the game.
Aeroplane Chess (with 50¢ stamp denomination) is a fun, fast paced and easy-to-learn classic Chinese board game. Played by between two and four players, the game begins with each player placing his respective game pieces in “hangers” located at the four corners of the board. The objective is to be the first to reach the base of one’s respective colour at the centre of the board.
Snakes and Ladders (with 70¢ stamp denomination) is a popular board game with young children. The objective of the game is to move one’s token, according to dice rolls, from “Start” to “Finish”, either helped by “ladders” or hindered by “snakes” along the way. The game is a simple race based on sheer luck.
Checkers (with S$1.30 stamp denomination) is a strategy board game for two players involving diagonal moves of game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. The objective of the game is to take all of the opponent’s pieces or to produce a position such that the opponent is unable to move. A player wins the game when the opponent cannot make a move.
SingPost’s last Traditional Games stamp issue was in 1997. That stamp set featured popular games such as shuttlecock, marbles, spinning top and five stones.
United Nations
29 April 2016 Int. Dance Day

Stamp (S/S) on Ramayan from UNPA on the occasion of Int. Dance Day

On 29 April 2016, International Dance Day is celebrated all over the world, as dancers rejoice and share their passions and creativity with millions of people. The day brings together international, national and local organizations, as well as selected individuals active in dance, both amateurs and professionals.
To celebrate this important even in the world of culture, UNPA has released six special commemorative stamps that attract attention by their original and colourful design.
The purpose of the International Dance Day is to celebrate Dance, to rejoice in the universality of the art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and to bring people together with a common language ‒ Dance. The International Dance Council (CID), another partner of UNESCO, also supports and promotes the art of dance worldwide.
Dance is a universal language; Dance is a passport; Dance opens the door to other countries, other peoples, other cultures. Dance promotes freedom, understanding, friendship, tolerance. Dance is the most direct and effective means to implement the ideals of democratic society: freedom of expression, equality of rights, no discrimination.

Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin May 2016 Issue

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