26 November 2020

Chandigarh philatelist in 'India Book of Records' for Postage Stamp Art


 Postage Stamp Art

The name of Chandigarh philatelist, Mr. Vipan Kumar Thakur has been included in INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS for ‘Maximum Portraits made using Postage Stamps’. He has made 50 portraits on A4 size sheets, using Postage Stamps of different countries like India, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Denmark and England etc. This type of artwork is known as ‘Postage Stamp Art’. Many people follow it. 

First of all image is decided and then it is drawn on one sheet of A4 size. For example, if one wants to prepare a portrait depicting a Cat, then it is drawn on a sheet and we cut its outlining. It becomes a stencil of Cat image. We draw from this stencil, image of Cat on another sheet of paper. On this sheet Postage stamps are pasted using very light gum covering/hiding the whole image of Cat. After that on the sheet first sheet is pasted and a beautiful image of Cat appears on joining these two sheets.

He also runs a blog namely ‘simplephilatelicclub.blogspot.com’ and have posted few of portraits under the label ‘Postage Stamp Art’.

Mr Vipan Kumar Thankur  may be contacted at email: philavpnthakur@rediffmail.com  Ph . 9530715151

23 November 2020

New Special Covers on Wildlife


66th Wildlife Week

KTK-71-2020- 66th Wildlife Week - Magadikere Conservation Reserve

Magadikere Conservation Reserve, located in Sbirahaui Taluk of Gadag district in Karnataka supports a wide variety of birds, fishes and other aquatic flora and fauna in a small 134-acre tank. Migratory waterfowls like Bar Headed Geese, Eurasian Spoon Bill, Comb Duck, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Pintail, Demoiselle Crane, Gadwall visit the tank during various seasons. The tank also hosts globally threatened birds like White-Headed Ibis and Black Ibis. Apart from these, more than one hundred other local migrant and resident birds are recorded here, making it one of the most biodiverse bird conservation reserves in the country. The tank also hosts the southern-most congregation of Bar Headed Geese in the country. The Conservation Reserve stands as a success story of people's participation in wetland and wildlife conservation.This special cover on Magadikere Conservation Reserve is released to mark 66th Wildlife week. 

The cover illustration depicts Bar Headed Geese, the migrated birds at this Reserve.

KTK-73-2020- 66th Wildlife Week - Bandipur National Park

Biogeographically, Bandipur National Park ( Karnataka ) lies in one of the richest Biodiversity areas of our country representing "5B Western Ghats Mountains Biogeography Zone". This landscape supports a high ratio of predator and prey species. Bandipur National Park is a fine example of managing inter-state Tiger Reserves for the long-term conservation of source population of Tigers. This special cover on Bandipur National Park is released to mark 66th Wildlife week.

The cover illustration depicts Tiger, the inhabitant of this sanctuary.

KTK-72-2020- 66th Wildlife Week -Kappatagudda Wildlife Sanctuary

Kappathagudda Wildlife Sanctuary in Gadag District of Karnataka having an extent of244 sq. km was declared on 16th May 2019 as the only wildlife sanctuary in the state with an objective of conserving wild Nora. The landscape is unique and encompasses a diversity of medicinal plants and also hosts a wide range of fauna including Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Wolves, Foxes. Jackals, Four Horned Antelopes. Blackbucks, Monitor Lizards, Jungle Cats, and various other reptiles and birds. The Sanctuary forms the major catchment for the River Tungabhadra in the district and it also forms the catchment for various tanks and ponds in the four drought prone taluks of Gadag District. The Sanctuary comes to life during the monsoon with its green carpet of medicinal herbs and grasses and is a wonderful treat to one's eyes. This special coverall Kappathagudda Wildlife sanctuary is released to mark 66th Wildlife week.

The cover illustration depicts Black Buck, the inhabitant of this sanctuary

KTK-74-2020- 66th Wildlife Week - Nagarhole National Park

Rajiv Gandhi National Park also known as Nagarhole National Park is a part of Nagar hole Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. Rajiv Gandhi National Park forms part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve. Rajiv Gandhi National Park forms a critical connecting habitat for Tigers and Elephants to other areas of Western Ghats through Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and to the Eastern Ghats through Bandipur Tiger reserve. Rajiv Gandhi National Park has the highest congregation of Asian Elephants in the world. This special cover on Rajiv Gandhi National Park is released to mark 66th Wildlife week.

The cover illustration depicts the Indian Elephant, the inhabitant of this sanctuary.

KTK-75-2020- 66th Wildlife Week - Anshi National Park

Anshi National Park (417.34 Sq. Km) forms the northern limit of Central Western Ghats located in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. It is a part ofKali Tiger Reserve. It encompasses a rich biodiversity of nora and fauna in moist deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests. Anshi National Park is part of a contiguous forested landscape extending over 10,000 sq.Km across the two state~ Karnataka and Goa. This special cover on Anshi National Park is released to mark 66th Wildlife week.
The cover illustration depicts Black Panther, the inhabitant of this sanctuary.

KTK-76-2020- 66th Wildlife Week - Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park (Karnataka) is an UNESCO recognized World Natural Heritage Site at the heart of western ghats and is home to many rare and endangered species including the King Cobra, Lion Tailed Macaques, Slender Loris, Malabar Dancing Frogs and many endemic orchids and other endemic flora as well. It is the source of major river systems of Southern India viz., Tunga, Bhadra and Netravati. This national park is known for its extensive shola grasslands - metaphorically called is the 'natural overhead watcrtanks' due to their role in water conservation. This special cover on Kudremukh National Park is released to mark 66th Wildlife week.

The cover illustration depicts Lion Tailed Macaque, the inhabitant of this sanctuary.

- Suresh R.-Bangalore

10 November 2020

PHILATWEEN 2020 for children


Postcrossing Society of India invites all children of classes from V to IX to prepare a one-page philatelic exhibit to celebrate Children's Day 2020. For more information plz contact on  email :  vibrantpsoi@gmail.com 
Last date to send scanned exhibit : 14 November 2020. 

Source : Prayag Philatelic Society

Debutpex 2020 : Virtual Philatelic Exhibition in Hindi

Highlights of the exhibition : Celebrating Hindi Day :

Postcard writing  in Hindi language 

Philatelic exhibits using hindi language for writeup

Release of special cover 

For more details Contact : Col Akhil Kumar : Whatsapp No.  9483194892
                                                 Rahul Ganguli : Wh No.: 9415214897

08 November 2020

06 November 2020

HIMPEX 2020 Results

Gold Medal

Major Dr Ritu Kalra - Dreams Got Wings

Jeevan Jyoti  - Tourism (Best in Seniors)

Samarth (Youth) Silver - Shapes of Stamps (Best in Junior)

Silver Medal

Smriti Rana - My Life is my Message

Ajay Srivastav - Climate Change

Rakesh Walia ( Literature)

Sarthak Sood

Onkar Nath Chandla

Pritha Doegar (Youth)

Samarth (Youth)

View : Result

View : Exhibition


Rajesh Paharia  (Jury Team Leader)

OP Kedia 

HIMPEX 2020 Day 5 : Special Cover

 Sach Pass Chamba : 6.11.2020 , Shimla

View Special Cover release ceremony : https://youtu.be/en24EVSNAzE

View :  Exhibition 

04 November 2020

New Special Covers

 Special Cover – KTK/80/2020 – Philately Day : Bengaluru :13 .10. 2020

-Suresh R. - Bangalore

Shri Hanuman Garhi, Ayodhya : Faizabad : 20.10.2020

- Ashwani Kumar Dubey, Gorakhpur

Dedicated to Shri DK Gaekwad : Vadodara : 27.10.2020

-Timir Shah, Vadodara

HIMPEX 2020 Day 3 : Special cover


Sada Shiv Mandir Dheunsar Mahadev, Talmehra, Una : 4.11.2020

View Special Cover release ceremony https://youtu.be/60V8m0HImvs

View : Exhibition

03 November 2020

HIMPEX 2020 Day 2 : Special cover

 The Menri Monastery, Dholanji (Oachghat) 3 .11 2020

View Special Cover release ceremony : https://youtu.be/oPStALNzk4k

View :  Exhibition 

02 November 2020

New special Cover from Shimla : HIMPEX 2020


Special Cover : HIMPEX 2020 : First State (Zonal) Virtual Philatelic Exhibition. Shimla 2 .11.2020

View Inaugural Function : https://youtu.be/kN-4xjHgw4E

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