Mangaluru, Jan 15 2018: Postal stamps and covers featuring various facets of lighthouses across the globe were on display in a philately exhibition, on the theme ‘Candle on the Water,’ organised by the Dakshina Kannada district Philately and Numismatics Association (DKPANA) at the head post office at Pandeshwar on January 14, Sunday.
MRPL general manager K Shridhar, who was the exhibitor, said that lighthouses act as candles for sailors, helping them navigate in the right direction. Lighthouses are also termed as “pharos” and beacons. The special covers on lighthouses were categorised on various bases, such as the design, materials, architecture, administration, on-shore and off-shore.
70 countries : There were stamps and covers from around 70 different nations including Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, China, Japan, US, Germany, France, Spain and Russia featuring lighthouses on miniature sheets, cancellations, maxim cards, commemorative covers and gutter pairs. Stamps on lighthouses at Mahabalipuram and Alappuzha were also seen.
Shridhar said that he has been collecting stamps and covers since 2000. He is a native of Erode, Tamil Nadu.
Prizes : He has won the 5th place (Vermeil) in INPEX – National Philatelic Exhibition 2017 for his collection on lighthouses.
Twelve other members of DKPANA who bagged awards in the INPEX 2017 are Daniel Monteiro (vermeil), Kishore Jhunjunwalla (large silver), Gopal Biswas (large vermeil and special prize), Sudhir Jain (silver), Sheryl Prabhu (bronze), Surendra A Kotadia (bronze), S Satish Kumar (bronze), Vidya Kishore Baglodi (silver), Ghouse Ali Zameer (large silver), Meera Mahaveer Kundur (large silver), St Aloysius High School (silver) and S Abhishek (silver).
Gold-plated stamps : Raviraj Belma from Konaje, senior project manager at Infosys, Mudipu, exhibited gold plated stamps released during the 80’s. The stamps are issued by the Postal Commemorative Society (PCS), United States, which is the third party, the exhibitor said.