Doon Philatelic Club
L to R : J. Jyoti. Anita Maithel, PC Agrawal, Ajay Srivastav, Abhai Mishra, Rajesh Verma, Gunjan Maithel
Philatelists of Dehradun formed Doon Philatelic Club on 19th September in a meeting held at the residence of J.Jyoti. The meeting was attended by noted philatelists of Dehradun, Mr PC Agrawal,Mr Gunjan Maithel,Mrs Anita Maithel, Mr Rajesh Verma,Mr Abhai Mishra, Ajay Srivastav and J. Jyoti. The objective of this club is to promote philately in Dehradun.
President - Mr PC Agrawal
General Secretary – Mr Gunjan Maithel
New Special Cover
Special Cover on Thewa Art – 13th September 2015
On 13th September 2015 a special cover was released on famous Thewa Art of Pratapgarh district by Shri C. P. Joshi, Member of Parliament.
Thewa Art is a special art of jewellery making which involves embossing of intricately worked-out sheet gold on molten glass. It is a traditional art of fusing 23K Gold with multicoloured glass. The glass is treated by a special process to have glittering effects, which in turn highlights the intricate gold work. This art evolved in Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan. The Thewa art originated about 300 years ago. History tells that Nathu Lal Sonewal was the first goldsmith who initiated this style in 1707. It soon caught the fancy of kings and princes and Maharaja Sumant Singh patronized this art in 1765 and granted a jagir to the family of Nathu Lal Sonewal and conferred the title of Rajsoni on him. This craft flourished especially during the Victorian times when a number of pieces set in gold were sold to British women who lived or visited India. These pieces were taken to Europe as souvenirs. Somehow they found their way to the British antique market and the work was recognized by European jewellery historians for its distinction. Some pieces about 250 years old can still be seen in the collection of Queen Elizabeth. Besides jewellery pieces non-jewellery thewa decorated objects include trays, plate, photo frame, wall clock, ashtray, pandents, saree-pin (brouch), button-set, betel-nut containers, rose water sprinklers, cigarette boxes, card boxes, flower vases, cuff-links and perfume bottle etc. Thewa art reflects the royal life style of Rajasthani and Mogul kings.
Courtesy – Indian Philately Digest