Mangaluru, Oct 12, 2019: The first-ever four-day 12th state-level philatelic exhibition ‘Karnapex 2019’ being planned at Dr T M A Pai Convention Centre on October 12, will be inaugurated by former Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde, Post Master General, South Kanara Region, S Rajendra Kumar said.
The state-level philatelic exhibitions were organised nine times in Bengaluru, once in Mysuru, and in Dharwad, he informed, while addressing mediaat Hotel Ocean Pearl, October 11, Friday.
Group Art Director for Amar Chitra Katha Private Limited Savio Mascarenhas, Department of Posts Additional Director General (Co-ordination) Vishva Pavan Pati and former minister Micheal B Fernandes will also be present during the inauguration of the philately exhibition.
Special covers featuring Late George Fernandes, Ananth Pai (Amar Chitra Katha fame Uncle Pai) and Girish Karnad will be released on the occasion. “Picture postcards of famous temples (Heritage-1), churches (Heritage-2), Jain Basadis (Heritage-3) in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts will be released on Saturday,” Rajendra Kumar informed.
A book by Rajendra Kumar tracing Kannada alphabets through stamps will be released on October 13, Senior Superintendent of post offices (SSPOs) Shriharsha N said.
Dak Seva awards : On the same day, Department of Posts Additional Director General (Co-ordination) Vishva Pavan Pati will present the Dak Seva awards 2019 to 8 achievers from the Department of Posts.
Special covers featuring Udupi’s famed matti gulla, Shankarapura jasmine, Euphylyctis Aloysii’ (the new species of frog discovered by Prof Harish Joshy) will be released Oct 13, Sunday. Senior philatelist M K Krishnaiah will be felicitated on the occasion.
Special covers : Special covers featuring the national flag, Siddi community and Tulu cinema will be released on Oct 14, Monday. Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof P S Yadapadithaya will preside over the valedictory programme planned on October 15. Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Chief Post Master General Charles Lobo will also be present.
“Various activities such as stamp exhibition (over 600 frames), cultural programmes, seminar, workshops, quiz competitions for schoolchildren and treasure hunt were planned during the three days,” Rajendra Prasad said.
“Philately exhibition as curtain raiser was organised in Bidar, Bagalkot, Kolar and Shivamogga,” Postmaster General (Northern region) Veena Srinivas said.
The king of hobbies : The term Philately defines the hobby of stamp collecting. It originates from the Greek word ‘philos’ meaning loving and ‘atelia’ meaning collection of stamps. It is also called king of hobbies.
Sir Rowland Hill, who is called “Father of Philately”, hit upon the idea of pre-paid stamps as a means of streamlining the payment for conveyance of postal articles in the mid 19th Century.
First stamp The first stamp to be issued is “Penny Black” released in England in 1840.