Mangaluru, June 21, 2019: Mangaluru Philatelic Bureau, renovated at a cost of Rs 5 lakh, was inaugurated by Karnataka Circle Chief Post Master General (CPMG) Dr Charles Lobo and retired Deputy Superintendent Gopal S at the head office of the Department of Posts in Pandeshwar on June 20, Thursday.
Simultaneously logo of ‘KARNAPEX 2019’ (Karnataka Philatelic Exhibition) was unveiled by Karnataka Circle Chief Post Master General (CPMG) Dr Charles Lobo at Head post office in Pandeshwar. The exhibition is being planned in Mangaluru from October 12 to15, for the first time.
“Dakshina Kannada district’s contribution to philately in India is big because of its philatelists and philately clubs of international repute. There is a good philately environment in the undivided district. The bureau was inaugurated in 1989 to extend all co-operation possible to philatelists,” Dr Charles Lobo stressed.
The Philatelic Bureau in Mangaluru, one among four in Karnataka, has 1,066 PD (philatelic deposit) accounts.
Dr Lobo said any individual can open a PD account by paying a deposit of Rs 200. The bureau supplies commemorative stamps, miniature sheets, special covers to the doorsteps of PD account holders in DK, Udupi, Chikkamagalur, Shivamogga and Hassan districts.
“Even those residing in New Delhi, Mumbai have PD accounts with the philatelic bureau in Mangaluru,” Dr Lobo declared with pride.
“In order to lure youth into this wonderful hobby of stamp collection, there is a separate philately section on the department’s website. Youth can buy stamps even from foreign countries,” he said.
A Must-visit place : Senior Superintendent of Post Offices (SSPOs) Shriharsha N, said that the philatelic bureau head office should be a must-visit place in Mangaluru for students.
The bureau is also a museum with pictorial cancellations and commemorative stamps related to DK and Udupi districts, he added. There were 66 philatelic bureaus across the country, he informed.
A booklet with pictorial cancellations and commemorative stamps was released on the occasion. Post-Master-General, South Kanara Region, S Rajendra Kumar was also present.
Philatelic show from Oct 12 to 15 :
Dr Charles Lobo later told media present that the logo for the exhibition, organised once in four years, was designed by well-known artist Dinesh Holla. “The logo was adjudged the best from among hundreds of entries. It symbolises the erstwhile Canara region’s popular folk art, Yakshagana,” he said and added that philatelists from different parts of Karnataka will be participating in the exhibition.
“Although the Karnataka Circle was formed nearly 60 years ago, this is the first time a state-level exhibition is being organised in Mangaluru. Such exhibitions had already been organised in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Dharwad,” Dr Lobo said.
Incidentally Mangaluru was the first to host a district-level philatelic exhibition in 1976. The previous district-level philatelic exhibition was organised in 2003, Dr Lobo added.
Dr Lobo informed that ‘Postex’, a philatelic exhibition of stamps by postal staff, their children and grandchildren was organised for the first time in Bengaluru in December 2018.
The top two winners at the exhibition went onto win the bronze medal at the international philatelic exhibition organised in Sydney, he said.
U S Mallya’s ‘absence’ not right : Karnataka Circle CPMG Dr Charles Lobo expressed disappointment on learning that no commemorative stamp on U Srinivas Mallya had been released so far by the Postal Department. He urged the local MP and the state government to sponsor a commemorative stamp on U S Mallya, who is hailed as the architect of modern Mangaluru. A special cover on late George Fernandes will be released in Karnapex 2019, Dr Lobo informed.