Greetings on Ganesh Chaturthi !
Today is Ganesh Chaturthi. It is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed. The festival is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, The date usually falls between August and September. The festival usually lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi .
Stamps of Ganesh outside India
A postcard of India Post with Lord Ganesh image printed on it and stamps and First Day covers of Indonesia and Thailand collected by Visakhapatnam-based Commander (Retd.) G. Sri Rama Rao.
The info given in this article about Indian Postcard featuring Lord Ganesh is wrong this Ganesh is not printed on Postcard but it has been painted by local artist of Rajasthan. The image of this Postcard has been taken from my blog Post published on 23 August 2009.
Devotion to the elephant-headed god is not limited to India. A number of countries, including the U.S., Thailand, and Sri Lanka, have issued postage stamps on Lord Ganesha, says city-based philatelist Commander (Retd.) G. Sri Rama Rao.
Digging out his collection of theme-based stamps, he noted that Indonesia issued a stamp on Ganesha on April 1, 1994.
He has in his collection the stamps issued by Nepal and Sri Lanka, and the one issued by Laos on February 5, 1971. The U.S. Post has also issued a stamp featuring Ganesha.
The Czech Republic has issued a First Day cover with the stamp of Shiva, Parvathi, and Ganesha, and cancellation of Ganesha on February 21, 2007.
Thailand’s First Day cover has Hindu gods — Ganesha, Brahma, Narayana, and Shiva. It has also issued a stamp of Lord Shiva, father of Lord Ganesha, on June 2, 2009, the philatelist, who has a vast collection, points out.
“The spirit of celebration of Lord Ganesha’s birthday as a community festival was promoted by freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak to bring unity among members of society in Maharashtra. Today, it is not only celebrated at home but also as a community festival,” Sri Rama Rao said.
Numismatist Dowrupalli Satya Buddu had taken a new concept of highlighting the significance of Vinayaka Chaviti.
Bringing one of his collections – a ten-baht bimetallic coin of Thailand with engraving of Lord Ganesh on one side and H.M. King Vajiravuj Rama VI on the other, Mr. Satya Buddu said that the coin, that has a brass centre in copper-nickel ring, was issued in 2012 in Thailand.
100th Birth Anniversary of MF Hussain
17 SEPT 2015 IS BIRTHDAY OF LORD GANESHA AND 100TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF “PICASSO OF INDIA” WHO PAINTED HIM MOST IN HIS PAINTINGS
M.F.Hussain was born on 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, is one of India's most charmistic artists who had redefined art to a great extent. According to the Forbes magazine he was "Picasso of India" for his wide repertoire of works of art though also earned fame and controversy over his work, they are blend of cubism and classical Indian styles that fetches millions of dollars on international art markets. His themes—usually treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. One of the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artists of the 20th century, he also received recognition as a print maker, photographer, and filmmaker.
Primarily self-taught, M.F.Hussain painted cinema posters in Mumbai early in his career. To earn extra money, he worked for a toy company designing and building toys.
Courtesy – DrSatyendra Agrawal
Maqbool Fida Husain commonly known as MF Husain, was a Modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay. He also directed a few movies.
Born: September 17, 1915, Pandharpur
Died: June 9, 2011, London, United Kingdom
Spouse: Fazila Bibi (m. ?–2011)
Artwork: Between the Spider & the Lamp, Mother India,more