14 February 2012

Indian Themes on foreign stamps…


Mirza Ghalib

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He was a classical Urdu and Persian poet from India during British colonial rule. Known as the last great poet of the Mughal Era. He wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. He is considered, in South Asia, to be one of the most popular and influential poets of the Urdu language. Ghalib today remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also amongst diaspora communities around the world.



He was given the following titles of Dabir-ul-Mulq , Najm-ud-daula & 'Mirza Nosha' . He was also an important courtier of the royal court of the Emperor. Ghalib is still very popular today, and his poetry is well known. Many singers from all over South Asia have sung many of his ghazals. Indian Cinema has paid a tribute to the legendary poet through a film  named Mirza Ghalib (1954). Pakistani Cinema has also paid tribute through another film also named Mirza Ghalib. India & Pakistan (overprint Bangladesh) have released stamps honoring Ghalib.



Screenshot_3 : Kenneth Sequeira - Dubai, United Arab Emirates 



Sandeep said...

The 50p Pakistan stamp on Mirza Ghalib's death centenary, had a bit of controversy, due to misquote in second line of verse:
Arsh se "parey" hotaa kaash ke makaa.N apnaa"
The actual lines read like:
Arsh se idhar hotaa kaash ke makaa.N apnaa"
This misquote marred the beauty of the verse by the great poet.

Dinu said...

I have one question related to the stamp shown with Bangaldesh overprint.

It appears from the Pakistan FDC that stamp was issued on 15.02.1969 when present Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan. That justifies the Urdu, Bengali and English name of Pakistan.

However this stamps seems to be used after creation of Bangladesh, by Bangladesh with overprint.

That should make the overprinted unique. Was not there some stamps of undivided India which were used by Pakistan with overprint.

Please clarify me if I am wrong in my deduction or not.

Thanks and best regards

Dinu said...

Dear Sandeepji,

Thanks for your input. However shall appreciate if you can give the meaning and difference of the verse to us who are illiterate in Urdu.

Thanks for increasing our knowledge in Philately.

Dinu said...

Thanks to the Philatelist who has shared his beautiful collection.

I was rather uncivilised in not pointing out earlier.

Thanks and best regards

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