Saturday 19 May 2012

Stamp of the Past: Indian Heritage in Philately

The Archaeological Survey of India has completed 150 years of its existence as the Nation’s premier organisation for archaeological research and protection of the cultural heritage. As a significant component of the year-long celebrations, an exhibition titled “Stamp of the past: Indian Heritage in Philately” in collaboration with Department of Posts besides contribution from some philatelists will be mounted and inaugurated on the occasion of International Museum Day on 18th May, 2012 at Red Fort. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) observes International Museum Day to spread public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. The original stamps, first day cover, mini sheets and other philatelic objects provided by the Department of Posts and material provided philatelists will be displayed in the exhibition. 

The Postage stamp is a mode of commemorating, celebrating and promoting National Heritage and Events. It plays a great role as an ambassador, a brand image of postal administration, a statement of sovereignty of a nation and also acts as significant carrier of the public message reaching the entire national as well as its international diaspora. Postal stamps mirror the rich and many-splendoured aspects of this land and were used to highlight the country’s wealth of cultural and natural heritage. Many beautiful stamps were issued in thematic sets on arts, architecture, crafts and maritime heritage. Besides above, great leaders of nation and personalities who have made immense contributions in areas like painting, literature, science, music, etc. have also been honoured. 

The Postal Department has frequently released stamps of various denominations on different occasions illustrating monuments or heritage making them popular among the masses, creating consciousness about national legacy and stirring interest for their protection and preservation in the minds of people. Thus it serves the purpose of arousing awareness about cultural properties which is one of the prime objectives of Archaeological Survey of India. 

The exhibition aims to accomplish the task of creating a sense of pride in our cultural legacy and imbuing the citizens of India with a heightened sense of responsibility about their contribution to the protection of our heritage. 

The exhibition will be on show from 18th May to 17th July, 2012 (except Monday) from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM. Bilingual brochures (Hindi and English) on the exhibits have also been published. 

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