The golden legacy of Indian cinema now on
NEW DELHI, December 7, 2013
Updated: December 7, 2013 02:00 IST
COLLECTORS' PARADISE: Enthusiasts at the
stamp exhibition held at the NDMC
Convention Centre in New Delhi on Friday.
Photo: Monica Tiwari
arts, culture and entertainment
As the country celebrates 100 years of Indian
cinema, the fourth edition of "Stamps of India
National Exhibition-2013" acknowledges the
contribution of legendary yesteryear actors
like Durga Khote, Dev Anand, Shammi
Kapoor, Smita Patil and queen of melody,
Suraiya, to Bollywood.
Film buffs' delight
The three-day exhibition, inaugurated at the
NDMC Convention Centre on Parliament
Street here on Friday, features a range of
stamps and postcards on these iconic
personalities. In fact, the entire collection of
postcards of famous actors is a must-have
for film buffs.
According to exhibition organiser, Madhukar
Jhingan, India Post has done an excellent job
releasing 50 postcards on actors.
"The entire set of these postcards are being
bought by stamp enthusiasts. We also have
stamps of leading lights of regional cinema."
Pointing out that India lags behind China in
the field, Mr. Jhingan said: "There are two
crore registered stamp collectors in China,
but India has only a few lakhs of them. We
have a long way to go before we can
compete with the Chinese."
Exhibitor Redwan Al-Karim from Bangladesh
has come up with a range of stamps on
iconic personalities including a few on the
South African anti-apartheid crusader, Nelson
Mandela. But in a hurry to attend the
inauguration, he forgot the stamps on the
leader, who died on Thursday, in his hotel
room. "It is a big miss, but I will showcase
Mandela's stamps in my stall on Saturday,"
he told The Hindu .
A beaming silver coin on Tagore, issued by
the Bangladesh government to mark the
commemoration of his 150 birth anniversary,
occupies the pride of place in his stall.
He has also brought heavy coins from
African nations because "only a few in the
sub-continent possess them." "Bangladesh
founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a
household name in our country and also a
known historic personality in India. So I have
brought stamps featuring him. Bangladeshis
also hold the late Mother Teresa in high
esteem for the commendable work she has
done for leprosy patients in Kolkata."
A self-confessed stamp collector S. Kumar
opened a philatelic deposit account in the
General Post Office so that he could get the
latest stamps. "Since 1977, I have been
collecting stamps and have a rich collection."
He regretted that the young are increasingly
hooked to the Internet and spend less time
on hobbies like reading and stamp collecting.