Mangaluru

Learn Kannada alphabet through postage stamps

Deputy Commissioner Sindhu Rupesh (second from right) releasing the alphabet book during the 12th State-level philately exhibition, Karnapex-2019, at T.M.A. Pai  Convention Hall in Mangaluru on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner Sindhu Rupesh (second from right) releasing the alphabet book during the 12th State-level philately exhibition, Karnapex-2019, at T.M.A. Pai Convention Hall in Mangaluru on Sunday.

The “A” Kannada letter in this book has a picture of the postal stamp of King Vikaramaditya released in 2016 to indicate Arasa (king). The words “Aralimara” and “Anekattu” of the same alphabet on the page are indicated with pictures of the Peepal tree stamp, which was released in 1987, and the dam related to Sathya Sai Water Distribution Scheme in Andra Pradesh stamp, which was released in 1999.

This is part of the new 60-page Kannada alphabet book “Kannada Akshara Male” brought out by India Post on the second day of the four-day State-level Philately Exhibition here on Sunday. This book is based on the collection of stamps by Udupi-based senior philatelist M.K. Krishnayya.

“This is new a way of teaching Kannada,” said Chief Post Master General, Karnataka, Charles Lobo. He added that this will help rekindle interest in stamps among children.

Stating that this was the first such book by India Post on language education in the country, Mr. Lobo told The Hindu that this is different from the Hindi alphabet workbook brought out in Delhi that provides space for children to do art work.

While adopting the design provided by Mr. Krishnayya, Mr. Lobo said, the department replaced a few images of stamps for better visual effect. The last 10 pages of the book have information about stamps used for the alphabet.

The book is priced at ₹ 200. It will be available for sale during the exhibition.

Mr. Lobo said that he will approach the Department of Primary and Secondary Education to make this new concept of Kannada alphabet teaching available to elementary schools in the State.

Mr. Krishnayya, a former employee of Corporation Bank, said that it was during his visits to schools that he discovered the love among students for collection of stamps on Kannada alphabet. He has created a similar collection of stamps on Hindi, English and Telugu alphabets.

“I am ready to give my design for creation of the book that will strengthen the language,” said Mr. Krishnayya, who has been in the field of philately for over five decades.


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