Con­tests ga­lore in this philately fest

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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