02 June 2011

New Stamps on Music..

On May 25, 2011 the Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Belarus issued 2 stamps “Wheel lyra” and “Tar” from the series “Joint issue of Belarus and Azerbaijan. Musical instruments”.


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Letter “H” shown on stamp denotes the surface tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.

Musical Instruments on stamps

The wheel lyra is an ancient stringed folk instrument of Belarus. In olden times it was played by wandering musicians and blind balladeers.

When the musician is in sitting he holds the instrument on his knees, when standing — on a strap over his shoulder. With one hand he pushes the keys playing a melody, with the other hand he turns the protruding wheel which touches the strings creating the permanent accompaniment. The wheel lyra has a strong, sharp, somewhat nasal tone. Its quality is largely depends on the wheel — it must have a precise centering.


The tar is a stringed pizzicato musical instrument widespread in Azerbaijan. This is one of the few national musical instruments for which they specially create musical works. While playing the musician holds the tar at the breast by his right hand in a horizontal position. With the same hand he plucks the strings by a plectrum. Technical and artistic capabilities of the tar are implemented through trills and different techniques of the plectrum strike.

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SIPEX-11 a Philatelic Exhibition will be held at Chennai From 7th to 9th October 2011 at LITE air-conditioned hall, adjacent to Naappa motors and diagonally opposite to ICICI bank Kilpauk branch 17 balfour road, kilpauk Chennai 6000010.

For more details about participation and dealer’s Booth contact :

Mr Amar Chand 98401 56410

Mr. Nelson 99406 81750

Mr Mahesh 98404 23567

: G. Balkrishnadas, Chennai -    President SIPA

: Jagannath Mani, Bangalore


Permanent Pictorial Cancellations

Tamil Nadu

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Permanent Pictorial Postmark – 18 – Tiruvannamalai

The cover illustration shows Gopuram (tower) of the Arunachaleshwarar Temple and the Annamalai Hill. Postmark shows deepam / diya (light).

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Date of Inauguration of PPP - December 12, 1997

Thiruvannamalai is located about 185 Km from Chennai. The city is well known for the famous Annamalaiyar / Arunachaleshwarar Temple - one of the five grand temples associated with the five basic elements – associated with the element Fire, located at the foot of the Annamalai Hill, dedicated to Lord Shiva was built between the 9th and the 10th centuries by the Chola kings of the Tamil empire.

Deepam Festival, especially celebrated in the Tamil month Karthigai (November/December), is known as Karthigai Deepam, which marks the conclusion of the ten-day Brahmotsavam. This event beats the Tirupathi Brahmotsavam in attracting number of devotees to the temple. On that evening, a huge lamp is lit in a cauldron with three tons of ghee at the top of the Annamalai hill.


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: Kasinath R.- Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)

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