31 July 2016

New Special Cover from Trivandrum

GAJAMUTHASSI - DAKSHAYANI - Thiruvanathapuram - 27 July 2016

Tavancore Devaswam Board, the renowned charitable institution of Kerala is in posession of 33 elephants.  Among them the oldest elephant in captivity is the 85 years old female elephant, Dakshayani. She was donated by the Travancore royal family when she was five or six year old.

In the light of the above facts the Travancore Devaswam Board has decided to honour the beast by providing the tile "Gajamuthassi" on 27th July 2016 at the Travancore Devaswam Board headquarters Sumangali Kalyana Manadapam, Thiruvanathapuram.

Kerala Postal Circle released a Special Cover on this auspicious occasion.

- Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum : email : sreejesh.nt@gmail.com

 News and Views

Unissued Legendary Singer stamps on sale !!

As you are aware 10 stamps of legendary singers and one miniature sheet were to be issued in June though the date has not come. However the stamps were released in the marked before the due date possibly by philatelic bureau Mumbai as one dealer exclusively from Mumbai is selling them at high price and I am watching for the last 10 days and the price is shooting upto 800-900 for 10 stamps and miniature for Rs.1500.
As a thematic collector of music stamps looking for these stamps for the last one year and disappointed as they were prematurely released and withdrawn by India Post.

I understand few staff responsible for this was suspended by India post. The India post should actually arrest the dealer as his e mail address is available on the net and he is the only one selling them on e bay for the last few days and possibly he with the association with philatelic Bureau staff acquired the lot.

I feel since the government must have spent lot of money the India post can take up with the police and confiscate the released items and then  release the stamps at a future date.

The India post can consider issuing stamps on living greet personalities such as great artists dancers and great monuments, temples, mosques, churches etc. There are many great artists who got Padma Vibhusan Padma Bhushan etc. There are 8 stamps issued so far by India post on living personalities including the latest being Sachin Tendulkar.

- Sriramarao Gandikota Cdr, Vishakhapatnam : email :  

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