14 July 2012

Indian theme on foreign stamps…



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Special Souvenir Sheet issued during the Indonesia 2012 World Stamp Exhibition held at Djakarta from 18-24 June 2012.

This Souvenir sheet has the images of Bhima, Arjuna, Yudhistira, Nakula, Sadewa and Pandawa Lima from Wayang Kulit which is a unique form of Puppet Theatre employing light and shadow. 

Mahabharata characters

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The puppets are crafted on buffalo hided and mounted on bamboo sticks. When held up behind a piece of white cloth, with an electric bulb or an oil lamp as the light source, shadows are cast on the screen. There is a Special Stamp images made up of light hide which is pasted on the stamp design.

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The second Souvenir sheet has Batik prints and the bigger stamp has got a piece of Batik printed cloth. The form of Batik motifs is a reflection of social culture, philosophy of life, customs and people of Sunda, an ethnic group of West Java people.

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The First Day Cover of Shekhawati and Warli paintings, which was officially released by the Indian Consul General on 20th June at Jakarta.  The India Post Booth was represented by Ms. Meera Handa and Ms. Alka Sharma.   The FDC has been autographed by Ms. Alka Sharma, who has designed the cachet for this issue.

courtesy - CG Bhaskar – Chennai  email – sipagold@gmail.com

Press Clipping


Published in the Times of India, Chennai edition on 6th July 2012

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