Kendrapara, Oct 31 (LocalWire): A special philatelic exhibition on ‘Gandhian Theme’ on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was organized by the postal department at the town hall in Kendrapara today.
The mission of the event is to expand and develop awareness among the philatelic fraternity particularly among youths about the life and works of the Father of Nation, said G Gurunathan the director of Postal Services, Bhubaneswar.
‘Gandhi is the most international of all Indian faces in the world of stamps.
Besides India, 80 countries have issued 250 stamps on the Mahatma.
Outside India, it was the United States that was the first country to issue stamps on Gandhi.
We exhibited 3000 stamps of Gandhi including stamps from 45 foreign countries,’ said a noted philatelist, Haripada Panda, of Kendrapara.
On the first anniversary of India’s freedom, the postal department issued a set of four stamps featuring Mahatma Gandhi.
These stamps were in four denominations, 1.5 anna, 3.5 anna, 12 annas and Rs 10.
These stamps have the word Bapu printed on it in Hindi and Urdu and Mahatma Gandhi in English.
‘Since then hundreds of postal stamps on Mahatma Gandhi have been issued by various countries in the world and many have now become rare, especially the Rs 10 stamp’ said another philatelist Kashinath Sahoo.
During the 1934 padayatra, Mahatma had spent five days in Kendrapada district and toured through different areas for which the postal department released a special cover on the padayatra of Gandhi in Kendrapada in this exhibition.
Two other special covers were also released by the postal department on Gandhi on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Kendrapada municipality and vision for clean India on Gandhi by Pattamundai municipality, said N C Mishra, the postmaster of Kendrapada post office.
Nine philatelists from the state exhibited their stamps on Gandhi in this exhibition.
Kendrapada MLA Sashibhusan Behera, additional district Magistrate of Kendrapara, Basanta Kumar Rout, Nakul Das the president of district freedom fighters’ association and others visited the exhibition.