16 April 2018

Foundation Day Celebration of Karnataka Philatelic Society, Bengaluru

Karnataka Philatelic Society, Bengaluru celebrated its 43rd Foundation Day on 1st April 2018 at General Post Office, Rajbhavan Road, Bengaluru - 560001.

22nd March 1975 is the day on which the Karnataka Philatelic Society was registered as a society with Govt. of Karnataka. It is decided by the Governing Council that, this day i.e., 22nd March will be celebrated as the Foundation Day of the Society.

The Chief Guest for the function was Dr. Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Region.  During his address, Dr. Lobo emphasized on the co-operation between Karnataka Philatelic Society and Postal Department.  He appreciated all the help and coordination done by the society for various events conducted the by Department.

The celebration function was attended by many members and guests.

Vice President of the Society Mr. Nikhilesh Melkote welcomed all guests and members and explained the importance of the day.

President Mr. K. Chaitanya Dev gave a presentation on the various philatelic activities prevailing in Bengaluru before the Karnataka Society was formed.  Also, his presentation detailed various activities Karnataka Philatelic Society has embarked up on, after its inception in 1975.

Dr. (Mrs.) Sita Bhateja, renowned International Philatelist delivered the Col. L G Shenoi memorial lecture.  During her lecture, she touched upon various contributions Col. Shenoi has given for the Karnataka Philatelic Society and to the philately community of Bengaluru, Karnataka and India.  She re-lived all such moments during her lecture.

The highlight of the celebrations was the One-Page Philatelic Exhibit exhibition conducted for its members.  The single most important aspect of a One Page Exhibit is the Story it relates in a concise manner with the help of postal materials.

Following were the conditions specified for this one-page exhibit competition :

·        - The story can be related with stamps alone or with stamps, covers, appropriate material and text or captions. 

·         -The Story told in One Page Exhibit must be entirely contained on one page only. 

·         -The exhibit may include stamps, covers and other recognized philatelic material from the established Exhibiting Classes with written text as necessary to relate a “Philatelic Story”. 

·         -Non-philatelic materials need to be avoided.

·         -The story should be evident from the accompanying text or the general arrangement of the philatelic story. 

The winner of the competition was chosen by the members of Karnataka Philatelic Society by a popularity vote.

Ms. Sanvi Suresh for her display on Geometric shapes in Nature won the first prize.  Mr. G K. Shenoy for his exhibit on Bisects and Splits won the second prize and Ms. N Sridevi won the third prize for her exhibit on Artistry in Air.

This is first time such a concept of One-Page Philatelic exhibit competition was conceived and conducted in India.  The President of the society promised its members that this will be regular feature in the future monthly meetings of Karnataka Philatelic Society and also will consider this to be a separate section in the next Karphilex, the club’s own stamp exhibition.

The Foundation Day celebration concluded with Vote of Thanks by Mr. Naveein O C, General Secretary and then with a high tea.

- K. Chaitanya Dev

   President, KPS

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