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A FIRST FOR KANNADA: An elated family of Rajkumar poses before the first ever postage stamp honouring a Kannada actor in Bangalore on Sunday.
A FIRST FOR KANNADA: An elated family of Rajkumar poses before the first ever postage stamp honouring a Kannada actor in Bangalore on Sunday.

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: In a first for the Kannada film industry, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa released a commemorative postage stamp on the late matinee idol Rajkumar. The elegantly designed five-rupee stamp was unveiled at the Banquet Hall of the Vidhana Soudha on Sunday, the 54th Rajyothsava Day.

Dr. Rajkumar’s wife, Parvathamma Rajkumar, and sons Shivaraj Kumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar were present on the occasion along with a number of film industry representatives, including Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Jayamala.

This is the 31st stamp on a film personality to be brought out by India Post.

Chief Postmaster General M.P. Rajan said the postage stamp will be available at all post offices from November 3. He described Dr. Rajkumar as a “cultural icon” who had starred in more than 206 films. An exhibition featuring the arts and culture of Karnataka would be held at the General Post Office here from November 3 to 10, he added.

Earlier, Mr. Yeddyurappa paid glowing tributes to the thespian and said: “By bringing out a commemorative stamp, the Postal Department has posthumously recognised his contribution to the world of cinema.”

Ms. Parvathamma Rajkumar complimented India Post for recognising her husband’s contribution to the field of art and cinema.

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