The Department of Posts will release commemorative stamps this year honouring eminent musicians of India, including late Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bhimsen Joshi and D.K. Pattammal and legendary movie actors.

Mallikarjun Mansur, Kumar Gandharva, Gangubai Hangal and Ustad Iliad Khan are the other great musicians who would be honoured in The Musicians series, scheduled for release on July 2, a release said.

100 Years of Indian Cinema

Of the 52 stamps planned for release, some had been earmarked to commemorate legendary actors. “This is part of the plan to mark the celebrations of 100 Years of Indian Cinema.”

A series of stamps on beautiful headgear of India, marvellous stepwells, the wild ass of Kutch and Ladakh, traditional Indian hand fans and boats of India have also been included in the programme.

Another series is planned on ‘Means of transport through the ages’ in the country. The department would commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of Bhakra Nangal dam, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex of Shimla (Jawaharlal’s Nehru favourite place), Delhi Gymkhana club and 75th anniversary of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan this year, it said.

Tribal dwellings across India, traditional embroidery of India, Intelligence Bureau, and railway workshops at Kanchrapara and jamalpur would also be brought to light through postal stamps in 2013.

Under defence theme, the Officer Training Academy of Chennai, INS Vikramaditya is also planned this year, the release said.

(This article was published on February 12, 2013)
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