02 September 2014

Doyens of Music to be honoured by India Post on new stamps



A set of  eight stamps will be released by India Post tomorrow  3rd September featuring famous music personalities of India. A function of Handing over of commemorative stamps Album of this issue , will be held in Bangalore.

Indian Classical Music

Music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythms, melody, harmony and color. Two main traditions of Indian Music are Carnatic Music and Hindustani Music.

Hindustani Classical Music is found throughout North India and is sometimes called North Indian Classical Music or Shastriya Sangeet. It is a mixture of traditional Hindu musical concepts and Persian performance practice.

Carnatic Classical Music is found in southern part of the Indian sub-continent in the four modern states of India i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. It is also known as Karnataka Sangeetham. Vocal music is the main emphasis of Carnatic music , where most compositions are written to be sung.

India Post has tried to capture the essence of the Indian Classical Music from time to time through its postage stamps. India Post will  release a set of 8 Commemorative Postage Stamps on 3rd September 2014, recognizing the contributions of eight doyens of Indian Classical Music.

image Ravi Shankar, his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century as well as a composer of Hindustani classical music.

imageBhimsen Gururaj Joshi; 4 February 1922 – 24 January 2011 was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. He is known for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music.

image Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal was a prominent Carnatic musician and a playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. She along with her contemporaries M. S. Subbulakshmi and M. L

image Gangubai Hangal was an Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music, who was known for her deep and powerful voice. Hangal belonged to the Kirana gharana.

image Kumar Gandharva or Shivaputra Siddharamayya Komkalimath in Kannada was a Hindustani classical singer, well known for his unique vocal style and his refusal to be bound by the tradition of any gharana.


image Ustad Vilayat Khan was one of India's well known sitar maestros. He was one of the great pioneers of his generation to introduce Indian Classical Music to the West, along with Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar

image Mallikarjun Bheemarayappa Mansur was an Indian classical singer of the khyal style in the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana of Hindustani classical music.

image Ali Akbar Khan, often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad, was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod.


Ali Akbar Khan will be honoured on stamp after his father Ustad Alauddin Khan 

- Sudhir Jain



Special cover with the autograph of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Renowned Sarod player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan will be honoured by the India Post by issuing a stamp on him on 3rd Sept. 2014. He was son of great Indian Classic musician Padma Vibhushan Ustad Alauddin Khan. A stamp was issued on Ustad Alauddin Khan on 19th Oct. 1999. Much before that, on 31st Jan. 1976, a special cover was issued on Ustad Alauddin Khan at Satna (M.P.) during a Philatelic Exhibition. This cover was released by his son Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. I was instrumental in release of this special cover as I was Secretary of the Central India Philatelic Society, who had organised the exhibition.I am sharing that special cover with the autograph of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

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