17 July 2013

New stamps on Musical Instruments



Vietnam post issued a set of three stamps featuring traditional Vietnamese musical instruments – Ta lu’, Klong put and Goong.

The Ta lu’ is a stringed instrument popular in the Van Kieu ethnic communities in the provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri of Vietnam. The instrument is made of a piece of wood, a piece of bamboo or bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo stem.

The Klong put is the Xe Dang language name of a musical instrument of the wind family, air driving-in branch. It is played by ethnic groups in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) such as the Xe Dang, Bahnar, Gia Rai, Hre, etc. A traditional Klong put consists of many large empty hornless bamboo sections. The length of each section ranges from 60 to 200 cm and a diameter ranging from 5 to 8 cm. When played, the tubes are laid horizontally and the player must either stand with her back bent or kneel while clapping her hands at a distance of about 10cm to push air into the tubes to produce sounds. Generally, each tube produces only one tone.

The Goong is a large bossed gong of the Mnong people of central Vietnam. The goong may be played in a set of 9 gongs from large to small. It is tuned by means of pegs, hit at the sides, forcing an inner frame against the membrane and thus tightening it and raising the pitch.

700th Anniversary of Era Querimonia of the Aran Valley stamp from Spain


Spanish Post issued a stamp celebrating the 700th anniversary of Era Querimonia of the Aran Valley.

The Aran Valley is located in the central Pyrenees in the province of Lleida. The history of this valley is marked by the defence and claim of a series of historical rights that make up its identity.

In the Middle Ages (1175), the Aranese signed a treaty with the king of Aragon granting them the privilege to make use and be in possession of their own pastures, forests and waters. The king took on the obligation to defend them from possible enemies and in return, the Aranese paid an Aranese Gali­n (equivalent to about 20 litres of wheat) as tax per household.

In 1313 the dwellers of the valley agreed to swear allegiance to King James II in return for keeping their charters, privileges and freedoms. On August 23 1313, James II King of Aragon, Valencia … and Count of Barcelona, drew up the document known as Era Querimonia in which the Aranese were awarded a series of rights.

Era Querimonia consists of twenty two chapters. The first few refer to the right of the Aranese to their own lands, vineyards, orchards, fishing waters, mills and irrigation. They are entitled to their own woodland and forests with freedom to cut wood for their own use and convenience. They may hunt in the woods, cut grass for winter and allow their animals to graze in these lands. Other chapters refer to: communal rights, the king’s army, offenses and penalties; notaries and judges’ salaries, among others.

Particularly important is the chapter on the right of pre-emption and buyout because of kinship which obliged any man wanting to sell a property to offer it first to his brothers and relatives. Another interesting chapter is the one on the system of economic conjugal rights, referring to the rights and partitions of the consorts. The privileges of the Era Querimonia have remained, albeit partially.

With the advent of democracy and the 1990 Act of the Parliament of Catalonia part of the historical and linguistic rights of the Aran Valley were restored.

The stamp depicts one Galin and the coat of arms of the Aran Valley.


Thanks for Telegram Messages  …

I thank my friends and Readers for the last  telegrams sent by them…

It is not possible to publish all telegrams here but I am giving here the nice messages from Telegrams…Many Many Thanks to all of You !!

1. Farewell To Telegram – SIPA, Chennai

2. Samay Ka Pher Hai Dekhiye Jo Tha Sab Se Tej

Woh Taar Is Daur Main Aaj Hua Nistej

Tar Tumahara Kar Raha Hun Aabhar Vishesh

Dashkon Tak Tumney Diya Sukh Dukh Ka Sandesh – Ambrish Kumar – Allahabad

3. Loving Greetings – N. Kalyani – New Delhi

4. Good Bye To Telegram – Arvind Mullick – Jabalpur

5. Long Live Telegram in our heart we love you – Ashwani Dubey – Gorakhpur

6. I am 162 years old unfortunately my end has come -Telegram – Prashant Pandya-    Vadodara

7. RIP India’s Telegram Service 1851 – 2013 – Prashant Pandya – Vadodara

You are invited to farewell of Telegraph Service on 15 July 2013 at www.indianphilately.net  - Prashant Pandya – Vadodara

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