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BUDDING PHILATELISTS : Schoolchildren throng the "Kovaipex 2006", a district-level philatelic exhibition, conducted by the Department of Posts at TNAU in the city. - PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
BUDDING PHILATELISTS : Schoolchildren throng the "Kovaipex 2006", a district-level philatelic exhibition, conducted by the Department of Posts at TNAU in the city. - PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Anima Balakrishnan

Exhibits vary from series on Nobel Prize winning women to martyrs of different Army operations

Coimbatore: If a diary is the reflection of a person's mind, philately is a window to the world. Kovaipex 2006, a district-level philatelic exhibition organised by the Department of Posts, shows how a tiny piece of paper could end up being a de tour of the world and a lesson in human evolution.

Over 183 frames and 3,000 exhibits on display include snapshots of early civilisations, the freedom struggle, glimpses of a new and vibrant India as well as images from the field of science, sports and adventure.

The exhibits are divided into competition and non-competition class. In the competition category, 153 frames are on display with 84 frames set aside for schoolchildren.

Special frames

Invited philatelists have also put up their collections. Of special interest are the frames of the Army Postal Service. Postcards and stamps commemorating the martyrs who laid down their lives during different operations, as well as stamps issued by the postal service during India's peace keeping mission in Sri Lanka are being exhibited. A tour of the exhibition hall and you learn the rudiments of philately - the way stamps are collected based on subjects and displayed thematically.

Thematic display

G. Joseph Francis Xavier of Coimbatore has put up his philatelic collection of animals and birds that ranges from the Red Panda to the Asiatic Lion.

Jayachandran from Pondicherry has a collection that traces the evolution of the lion. It includes stamps of the sabre-toothed cats, considered to be the ancestor of the modern lion.

There are also series on the Missionaries of Charity, the Nobel Prize winning women of the 20th century as well as rare Gandhi collections.

Frames are also dedicated to the bridges around the world. From aqueducts and highway bridges to railway and suspension bridges all have been represented in stamps.

The exhibits record the country's advancement in the field of science and technology.

Quiz and workshops

Philately Quiz and workshops were held for schoolchildren.

The two-day exhibition, at the Technology Park at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, will end on Sunday. The exhibition was inaugurated by K.V. Sundar Rajan, IPS, Postmaster - General, Western Region, Tamil Nadu.

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