Over 1,000 stamps and first day covers featuring outstanding women in different fields over the ages have been showcased at Rangoli Metro Art Centre Bengaluru as part of International Women’s Day.Organised by the Karnataka circle of the Postal Department and the Karnataka Philately Association, the thematic representation of stamps at the Chaya and Belaku galleries make for easy viewing. A small write-up of the person featured in each stamp and first day cover gives an insight into history through these women.
The passion of Tamil Vanan from Vellore in accumulating stamps relating to Mother Teresa is fascinating. In his collection are first day covers and stamps on Mother Teresa released across the globe, including in Papua New Guinea, Burkina Faso, Bosnia and Rwanda.Among other pieces are that of film stars by Sujatha. There is a catchy stamp of actress Aishwarya Rai released by Republic de Guinee.Dr A Sumitra’s collection takes us through social reformers down the ages —Pandita Ramabai (1858-1920), who rebelled against caste system in Maharashtra, Chandraprabha Saikiani, who worked for education of women in Assam and Ramabai Ranade, who founded Seva Sadan. M P Ramakrishna’s collection figures first day cover stamps on Carnatic vocalist M S Subbulakshmi. Stamps on women from Vedas and Upanishads form an insightful section.
The expo, inaugurated on Saturday, will conclude today.