Sangrahan 2015 – A philatelist’s paradise1 min read
Manipal: Around 200 Indian coins, 100 stamps and 1500 postcards on different themes were on display at Sangrahan 2015, an exhibition organised by the Philately Club of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi on February 2.
Provided by Ammunje Nagendra Nayak and Vishwesk K, the collection of coins dated back to 800 AD and the stamps were from British colonial period’ What fascinated everyone were the postcards from 127 different countries, all addressed to Nagendra Nayak. There were postcards scented with a variety of fragrances, 3D post cards, wooden postcards from Taiwan, metal post cards from USA, musical postcards and innovatively themed postcards, to name a few.
Vishwesh said, “I was inspired by my father Krishnaiyaah’s coin collections. But it was only when I was in 6th standard in the year 1997, that I seriously started collecting postal stationeries on different themes. My father said collecting coins was common, but here we try to explain about the importance of a mint in it.”
Ammunje Nagendra Nayak’s stamp titled ‘Global Warming’ which won the 3rd prize in the previous year’s stamp competition held in Brazil, was also on display.
Nayak explained his hobby saying, “The general perception regarding stamp collection is that philatelists remove the stamps from post cards, and stick it in the collection sheet. This is completely wrong as plucking stamps from postcards reduces their value. Every stamp has a postal seal on it, which provides authenticity to the post card. Therefore the post card, inland letter and register cards should be preserved in their original form.”