07 July 2013

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Stamp Exhibition on  Tagore and  Mahatma Gandhi

PATNA: There's good news for the philatelists of the city. They will soon get a chance to have a glance at the rarest of the postage stamps of 'Kaviguru' and 'Mahatma Gandhi' from across the world. Rabindra Parishad, in collaboration with the department of posts, will organize an exhibition here on the postage stamps on Rabindra Nath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi on July 9 and 10 to commemorate the 100th year of Kaviguru winning the Nobel Prize.

"For the first time, an organization is going to celebrate the 100th year of his winning Nobel Prize in the country," said Prodipto Mukherjee, convener of the exhibition. Around 400 rare stamps from 85 countries will be on display at the exhibition. Around 12 philatelists from across the world, including noted philatelist Sekhar Chakrabarty, will attend the exhibition. Chakrabarty is said to have the best collection of stamps on Tagore.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Doordarshan's Deputy Director General K D Kalpit and CM Nitish Kumar may also visit the exhibition on any of the two days. When asked why stamps on Gandhi will be on exhibition, Prodipto Mukherjee said, "Mahatma and Kaviguru are two inseparable names. In fact, Kaviguru was the name given to Rabindra Nath Tagore by Gandhi and Mahatma was the name given to him by Tagore. So we decided to pay tributes to them together."

In fact, besides stamps, rare pictures of both Gandhi and Tagore too will be on display. However, stamp lovers in the city will have to remain content with only seeing the stamps as they will not be on sale. "Though the stamps are priceless and philatelists in the world are ready to pay any price for these stamps, we just aim to encourage the youth of India in the time of instant messaging and e-mailing, to take interest in hobbies like philately," said Mukherjee. The exhibition will remain open from 11 in the morning till 7 in the evening and entry will be free.

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