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Collector’s delight: A visitor takes a look at the stamps displayed at a thematic exhibition that opened in Chennai on Thursday.
Collector’s delight: A visitor takes a look at the stamps displayed at a thematic exhibition that opened in Chennai on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Three-day thematic stamp exhibition features some rare collections

CHENNAI: Every stamp displayed at the hall had a message to convey — protect the environment. Visitors to the thematic exhibition that opened in the city on Thursday got a glimpse into the natural treasures of the world and were educated about the need to preserve them.

Organised by South India Philatelists’ Association and Tamil Nadu Centre of ABK-AOTS Dosokai on the centre’s premises, to mark World Environment Day, the exhibition featured the collection of 11 philatelists under different themes.

Every inch of the wall was covered by a whopping number of over 8,000 stamps mounted in frames.

The collection of ABK-AOTS Dosokai’s chairman M.R.Ranganathan outlined the various causes of global warming, including deforestation and industrial pollution, and its consequences. The remedy and the global action to tackle the problem were also suggested through the stamps.

Gaurav Sethia, a school student, had an interesting collection on marine life in various countries such as Canada and Vietnam.

The stamps on rare species were accompanied by information on the marine life such as Gentoo Penguin is the fastest swimming bird.

Naturalist T.Murugavel’s collection on conservation of nature traced the history of mankind’s changing relationship with environment and degradation of natural resources. “I have added the adhesive of stamps on Koala bears printed in Australia as it also had the image of animal printed,” he said.

While butterflies dominated Norean Singh Nahar’s collection, others featured various kinds of pollution and flora and fauna.

South India Philatelists’ Association’s president G.Balakrishna Das said one of the participants had matched the stamps with photographs of the endangered species in his collection.

Earlier, inaugurating the exhibition, Principal Chief Postmaster General Indira Krishnakumar said the Postal Department created awareness of environmental conservation through release of stamps. Chief Conservator of Forests (Research) R.K.Ojha and Exnora International founder M.B.Nirmal participated in the programme.

The exhibition, which is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. till Saturday, also has a dealers’ booth to facilitate purchase of stamps.

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