Next week, India Post is organising a two-day district level festival of stamps in Navi Mumbai, that will include exhibitions, contests, games and even booths where you can make a stamp with your photograph, to add a personal touch to a gift or a letter.
A special stamp cover with Navi Mumbai mangroves as the theme will also be released during the festival. It will be available at the fest’s philatelic counter.
A stamp to commemorate Gandhi will be on display
PN Ranjit Kumar, postmaster general, Mumbai region, said, “More than an exhibition or a contest, this is a festival. Stamp contests are now very technical, with more than 200 rules used to judge them. Through this festival, we want to encourage and invite people, who are not into stamp collection, to participate. We have also organised elocution and painting competitions for school children.”
A poster of the district level stamp festival
A section on Mahatma Gandhi commemorative stamps will also be a part of the festival. It will be attended by Sankha Samanta, who is the most prolific Gandhi stamp artist in the country.
Philatelists from Thane, Palghar, Raigad districts and beyond will exhibit their collections. The competitive segment will be limited to philatelists of Thane, Palghar and Raigad district, and will include senior, youth and junior categories.
The exhibition will also include a section on ‘My favourite stamps’, where collectors will display the most precious stamps they have acquired. All participants will receive certificates.
On: December 1 and 2, 10 am to 7 pm
At: Agri Koli Sanskriti Bhavan, Palm Beach Road, Nerul.