02 September 2014

Doyens of Music to be honoured by India Post on new stamps



A set of  eight stamps will be released by India Post tomorrow  3rd September featuring famous music personalities of India. Stamp release ceremony will be held in Bangalore.

Indian Classical Music

Music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythms, melody, harmony and color. Two main traditions of Indian Music are Carnatic Music and Hindustani Music.

Hindustani Classical Music is found throughout North India and is sometimes called North Indian Classical Music or Shastriya Sangeet. It is a mixture of traditional Hindu musical concepts and Persian performance practice.

Carnatic Classical Music is found in southern part of the Indian sub-continent in the four modern states of India i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. It is also known as Karnataka Sangeetham. Vocal music is the main emphasis of Carnatic music , where most compositions are written to be sung.

India Post has tried to capture the essence of the Indian Classical Music from time to time through its postage stamps. India Post will  release a set of 8 Commemorative Postage Stamps on 3rd September 2014, recognizing the contributions of eight doyens of Indian Classical Music.

image Ravi Shankar, his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century as well as a composer of Hindustani classical music.

imageBhimsen Gururaj Joshi; 4 February 1922 – 24 January 2011 was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. He is known for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music.

image Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal was a prominent Carnatic musician and a playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. She along with her contemporaries M. S. Subbulakshmi and M. L

image Gangubai Hangal was an Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music, who was known for her deep and powerful voice. Hangal belonged to the Kirana gharana.

image Kumar Gandharva or Shivaputra Siddharamayya Komkalimath in Kannada was a Hindustani classical singer, well known for his unique vocal style and his refusal to be bound by the tradition of any gharana.


image Ustad Vilayat Khan was one of India's well known sitar maestros. He was one of the great pioneers of his generation to introduce Indian Classical Music to the West, along with Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar

image Mallikarjun Bheemarayappa Mansur was an Indian classical singer of the khyal style in the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of Hindustani classical music.

image Ali Akbar Khan, often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad, was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod.


Ali Akbar Khan will be honoured on stamp after his father Ustad Alauddin Khan 

- Sudhir Jain



Special cover with the autograph of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Renowned Sarod player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan will be honoured by the India Post by issuing a stamp on him on 3rd Sept. 2014. He was son of great Indian Classic musician Padma Vibhushan Ustad Alauddin Khan. A stamp was issued on Ustad Alauddin Khan on 19th Oct. 1999. Much before that, on 31st Jan. 1976, a special cover was issued on Ustad Alauddin Khan at Satna (M.P.) during a Philatelic Exhibition. This cover was released by his son Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. I was instrumental in release of this special cover as I was Secretary of the Central India Philatelic Society, who had organised the exhibition.I am sharing that special cover with the autograph of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

01 September 2014

Club News


Rainbow Stamp News September 2014

Taj 1

Hi !

I have just published September 2014 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. It is available on following link :


If you find any problem in opening the link please try following links :

http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/  ( Indian Readers )

http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.com/ ( Overseas Readers )

30 August 2014

New Special Cover


81st year of Lalbaugcha Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal 


A special cover  was released on 29th August 2014 to commemorate "81st year of Lalbaugcha Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal" from Mumbai GPO.

: Zoya Mendonca -  Mumbai 


New pictorial cancellation from Germany


On September 7th 2014 a new pictorial cancellation will be issued in 22527 HAMBURG.The cancellation is featuring a walrus (Odebenus rosmarus).Interested philatelists may please contact: Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. E.Mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de . Postage rates: 0,75 Euro AIRMAIL, 2,90 Euro Registered AIRMAIL.

- Wolfgang Beyer , Germany

Club News

Release of Commemorative stamps of Doyens of Music 

Function on 03.09.2014

India Post will issue a set of eight stamps featuring doyens of Music on 3rd September 2014. Following Music personalities will be commemorated on stamps. Stamp release function will be held in Bangalore.

MUSICIANS OF INDIA - (i) Ravi Shankar (ii) Bhimsen Joshi (iii) D. K. Pattammal (iv) Gangubai Hangal (v) Kumar Gandharva (vi) Vilayat Khan (vii) Mallikarjun Mansur (viii) Ali Akbar Khan


On behalf of India Post, I cordially invite all the Philatelists for the Indian Musicians Commemorative Stamp release function to be  organized on 03.09.2014 at Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy,Bangalore.

- Jagannath Mani - Bangalore

29 August 2014

National Sports Day



Philatelic Tributes to the Hockey  Wizard


29 August – Birth Anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand


National Sports Day in India is celebrated on  29th August  every year. This day marks the birthday of Dhyan Chand,the hockey player who won gold medals for India in year 1928,1932 and 1936. This day is celebrated by organizing friendly matches between different Indian hockey teams at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi which was constructed in the respect and honor of Dhyan Chand.



Festivals of India - Ganesh Chaturthi


Greetings on Ganesh Chaturthi

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Today is Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during (mid-August to mid-September) . It is celebrated with great enthusiasm  especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, lasts for 10 days, ending on the day of 'Ananta Chaturdashi'. Greetings to all on this festive occasion.  I am  sharing here some stamps, covers and cancellation issued by Nepal, Sri Lanka,Czech Republic, Laos   and Thailand.


Laos – 5 February 1971



Cover from Thailand featuring Hindu Gods


28 August 2014

SINGAPORE 2015 World Stamp Exhibition




Venue - Marina Bay Sands

Commissioner for Singapore 2015

image The Philatelic Congress of India has appointed Mrs Damyanti Pittie as National Commissioner for Singapore 2015 a F.I.P. World Exhibition to be held from 14th 19th August, 2015.

Philatelists eligible and willing to participate may contact her by e.mail /or by post on following  e.mail and contact address.  The IREX and Forms can be down loaded from Singapore 2015 web site : http://www.singapore2015.com/the_show.php




SUKET, 4th Floor, 29-B, Dongersi Cross Lane, Malabar Hill, Mumbai-400 006.

Tel.No.00 91 022 23644337. Fax No.00 91 022 23633696.

E-mail: dm_pittie@mtnl.net.in


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