30 March 2013

Bhubaneshwar Philatelic Exhibition 2013




The District Level Philatelic Exhibition, BHUPEX-2013 organized by Bhubaneswar Postal Division from 25.03.2013 to 26.03.2013 at Jaydev Bhawan. The highlights of the two-day celebration are as follows.

25.03.2013 :

The District Level Philatelic Exhibition, BHUPEX-2013 was inaugurated at 10.30AM on 25.03.2013 by Padma Vibhusan Sj. Ragunath Mohapatra on 25.03.2013 at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.

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Addressing the gathering participated by school children and philatelists , Padma Vibhusan (2013 ) Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra, noted architect and sculptor and member of prestigious Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) praised the contribution of India Post towards the rich heritage of India through release postage stamps and informed the authorities to avail the opportunity of collecting rare materials inherited from his ancestors and possessed by him on cultural and aesthetic aspects for release of stamps.

Presenting a paper “Why shall I collect stamp” Sri Shanti Swarup Rath, eminent philatelist and member of EIPA encouraged the participating school children.


Sri Ajit Kumar Dash, Secretary, Eastern India Philatelists’ Association while addressing the gathering as Hon’ble Speaker expressed concern over irregular conductance of both State level and District level philatelic exhibitions in Odisha. After a gap of 5 years BHUPEX-2013 has been arranged. He urged for annual exhibitions regularly for creating interest amongst the youngsters towards philately. According to him the percentage of commemorative stamps released on people and places of Odisha is too low and highly unsatisfactory in comparison to other states in India. The reason is that the representation of Odisha in National Philatelic Advisory Board is only one. Thus he requested the postal administration to nominate more personalities for a huge representation in NPAB. He also requested the postal authorities to arrange for additional space in both the Philatelic Bureau at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack for displaying collections of eminent philatelists.

On the occasion, a special cover on Shanti Stupa, Dhauli was released and the first “My Stamp” was released with the photograph of Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra. In the end, a philatelic quiz competition was held amongst the participating school children.


26.03.2013 :


On the 2nd day of BHUPEX-2013, Sj. Bijayshree Routray, Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Labour & ESI, Govt of Odisha and President of Eastern India Philatelists’ Association addressed the exhibition as Chief Guest. On the occasion, Dr. Panda requested India Post for releasing a commemorative postage stamp on Nandanakanan Biological Park.


The Jury’s Report was presented by Sri Anil Ku. Dhir, eminent philatelist and member of EIPA. A special cover on White Tiger – Nadanakanan Zoological Park was released on the day by the Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Govt. of Odisha who also distributed the prizes owned by the participants both of the quiz competition and exhibition. The exhibition was concluded with cultural programme.

- Ajit Dash, Bhubaneshwar

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