Contests galore in this philately fest
VASHI: The department of posts will organise a two-day Navi Mumbai Festival of Stamps (NMFS) in the city on December 1 and 2. This festival to be held at Agri Koli Sanskriti Bhavan in Nerul, will be the first-ever authorised event in Navi Mumbai dedicated to the hobby of stamp collecting.
Giving details of the fest, PN Ranjit Kumar, postmaster general, Mumbai region said, “NMFS will be a joyous event which will celebrate the wonders of philately as well as India’s cultural diversity. While a competitive stamp exhibition will be at the heart of the festival, it will also have various art and cultural events for schoolchildren.”
The competitive philately exhibition will have prizes to be won in 10 categories. Rare stamps from the National Philatelic Museum belonging to some well-known collectors will also be on display, added Kumar.
The highlight of the exhibition will be ‘In the footsteps of the Mahatma’, an exhibition on the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi told through stamp images. The section will be curated by Sankha Samanta, India’s leading stamp designer, who will also be the guest of honour at the event.
A ‘selfie corner’ and a ‘write and post’ corner will also add to the festival atmosphere.
The ‘write and post’ corner will give the visitors, especially school children, an opportunity to write and post letters to their loved ones.
“Letters to addresses in Navi Mumbai will be delivered the same day if posted before 2pm,” said Kumar.
Prakash Shewale, senior superintendent of post offices, Navi Mumbai, and secretary, NMFS, said, “Events like NMFS 2015 will not only help spread the message of philately, but will also provide a focal point for its citizens, particularly school children, and their parents to congregate and celebrate India’s rich cultural heritage.”
There are plans to make NMFS a regular fixture in the years to come, in the cultural calendar of the city, said Shewale.