Wednesday, March 15, 2017

India [6th Post]

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If you ever have opened a catalog of India stamps , You will find that the number of single stamp series is enormous and the commemorations are not only of Philosophers, Artists ,Politicians or important people in general.. some of  those who gave their best to the general cause or to the Community are sometimes honored too... I think this is a very important differentiating aspect between different countries Philately's , because for example in my Country , Portugal, the list of people honored with a stamp is very small and in contrast we have a small number of personalities who are honored several times , just because they represent the country's Golden Years...I don't have nothing against it, but I do think that the high level of those who are honored ( most of them belong to the World History and not only to the country itself) left behind a vast "legion" of very good, competent and deserving people....we should have many more of these single series, if We want to bring again Philately to Reality and assure a happy and long future to it... 
Today's post has a lot to do with this previous introduction ,because i have some India's Commemorative stamps to will be a post with lots of [Photo] or [Litho] stamps, so there will be no talk about quality of engravings , etc...

Let us start with some stamps from 1948 and 1950...

This stamp was still missing in my 2nd India Series, representing the Great Gandhi....of course , together with the 3 stamps I already have (everybody has them..!), the 10R stamp is still missing.. it is a very expensive stamp (cv £ 130.00 Used)  and somehow difficult to find in the market...perhaps one day I'll have it ..!
1948 "1st Anniversary of Independence" (4) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(204)

1950 "Inauguration of Republic" (4) [Des (D.J. Keymer & Co.)][Litho] Sc(227,228)

 [Left] This is a beautiful stamp, and I have something to talk about it... the Artist responsible for the Design of this stamp was Mr. C.R. Pakrashi... well,one day I was wondering through the Net looking for data about his work,for my other blog, when I discovered that he wrote a book about his stamps...I bought it, some days latter and it is called "A stamp is born" is a very nice book offering us the author's perspective into his own work , his doubts and problems during the creation of each one of the stamps , and at the same time it is a retrospective view of his stamps where many original material is also presented to the is a nice book to read and a helpful tool to initiate us into a stamp Designer world...
The stamp itself commemorates the "Buddha 2500th Birth Anniversary" ... Here are some thoughts of the Artist when he was starting the design of this stamp...

"While looking for ideas, I studied various publications on the subject, including a Archaeological Survey of India magazine where I saw a Mohenjo-daro Seal.. The idea of the tree and the arrangement and shape of the leaves in the seal led me to associate the same with the bodhi Tree , which had a great bearing on the life of Buddha...He attained Salvation after meditating under the Bodhi Tree..(..) I thought of the Tree as the main component of the design and (...) to make it more meaningful I let the effect of the full Moon light fall on it because the Moonlight night had also a great significance in the life of this Great soul... Buddha was born, attained 'Nirvana' and died on Full Moon nights.. (...) The stylized Bodhi tree , ajanta caves entrance shape and Buddhist decorative motif were integrated into the design in a balanced composition..."

As We can see Designing a stamp is not so simple as we sometimes think... it requires , knowledge,concentration, study, imagination and above all to think with our own heads....
1956 "Buddha Jayanti" (2) [Des (C.R. Pakrashi 2A)][Photo] Sc(272)


[Left] 1957 "19th International Red Cross Conference, New Delhi" (1) [Photo] Sc(291)
[Right] 1958 "50th Anniversary of the Steel Industry" (1) [Photo] Sc(298)

two stamps from the two consecutive "Children's Day" of 1958 and 1959...
1958 "Children's Day" (1) [Photo] Sc(322)
1959 "Children's Day" (1) [Photo] Sc(326)

 This is a group of 7 stamps issued in 1961..the 5th and 6th stamps are part of the same series.. it is now time to remember that I used a image resolution of low detail , because in this post ,most of the times, we are in presence of [Photo] stamps....
1) 1961 "Silver Jubille of All India Radio" (1) [Photo] Sc(342)
2) 1961 "India's Industry Fair, New Delhi" (1) [Photo] Sc(346)
3) 1961 "Centenary of Scientific Forestry" (1) [Photo] Sc(347)
4) 1961 "Birth Centenary of Prafulla Chandra Ray (Social Reformer)" (1) [Photo] Sc(343)
5)6) 1961 "Centenary of Indian Archeological Survey" (2) [Photo] Sc(348,349)
7) 1961 "Birth Centenary of V.N. Bhatkande (Composer)" (1) [Photo] Sc(344)

 continuing now with our review of some of the India's Commemorative stamps , we have two stamps issued in 1962...

[Left] 1962 "Inauguration of Gauhati Oil Refinery" (1) [Photo] Sc(351)

[Right] 1962 "Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarti Commemoration" (1) [Photo] Sc(355)

1963 "Freedom From Hunger" (1) [Photo] Sc(372)
1963 "Children's Day" (1) [Photo] Sc(378)
Oh, the elephant stamp..! in a previous post about India's stamps, I showed other stamps from this series, and I was decided to buy this one, that was still missing..well ,here it is , it come when I least expected it, in the meddle of many stamps of Nicaragua, but I'm very happy to receive it in the , the only missing is the lower value of the is not so easy to find (well, I'm not actually looking for it, I'm more in a 'wait until it appears' mode...) 
1963 "Wild Life Preservation" (5) [Photo] Sc(364)

 Two more portrait stamps, this time from 1964...

[Left] "85th Birth Anniversary of Sarojini Naidu (Poetess)" (1) [Photo] Sc(385)

[Right] "20th Death Anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi" (1) [Photo] Sc(386)

A last group of stamps, just to end the post...
1967 "Bicentenary of India's Survey" (1) [Photo] Sc(449)
1974 "Birth Centenary of Marconi" (1) [Photo] Sc(646)
1978 "Syama Prasad Mookerjee (Politician)" (1) [Photo] Sc(799)

the next post will be about Romania and Turkey stamps...I hope you've liked this one and until next time


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