On January 19th, 1968 Sir Alfred Chester Beatty died at the age of 92 in Monaco. This American-born, British knight of the realm became the first private citizen in Ireland to be given a state funeral.
The honour was bestowed on Beatty as a result of the collection he bequeathed to the nation.
It includes the first surviving copies of all four Gospels and the earliest Koran by one of Islam’s greatest calligraphers. It is among the most significant collections of its kind in the world.
His collections of early papyrus for the bibles has been invaluable in determining how the New Testament, as we understand today, came together.
As a result, Chester Beatty set up his library initially in Shrewsbury road before it was relocated to the grounds of Dublin Castle in 2000.
The occasion of the 50th anniversary of Beatty’s death was marked with the unveiling of four new stamps featuring highlights from different aspects of the collection.
The first representing the East Asian collection was a privately commissioned Japanese woodblock print from the 19th century. The second was a portrait of Shah Jahan, ruler of India from 1627 to 1658, who is best known for having built the The Taj Mahal It is heading to the Getty Museum in New York on loan.
The third from their Western collection was a masterpiece of miniaturization. Simon Bening’s The Birth of the Virgin from 1530 was inserted into a prayer book commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The fourth stamp is a picture of Chester Beatty aged in his mid-thirties taken in 1911.
The collection of stamps was launched by Josepha Madigan Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. .
The minister said the “beautifully designed” commemorative stamps were a fitting tribute to Chester Beatty and also to the fact that his passion for collecting began when he started collecting stamps as a child.
Stampdigest wishes all its readers a Happy Buddha Purnima or Vesak on 29th and 30th April.
Gautam Buddha’s Birthday is a holiday traditionally celebrated in East ,South and South East Asia. It is based on Asian Lunisolar Calendars and is primarily celebrated in Baisakh month of Buddhist Calendar and Bikram Samvat of Hindu Calendar and that is why called Vesak. It also falls on full moon Uposotha day in 5th or 6th Lunar Month. It is also celebrated on eighth day of fourth month in Chinese Lunar Calendar. Full moon is Purnima in Sanskrit and hence Buddha Purnima. It is celebrated in April,May orJune based on Gregorian Calendar. In 2018 it is being celebrated on 30th April.
Gautama was born in Lumbini in Nepal in 563 BC, attained Nirvana at Bodhgaya India and gave his first sermon at Sarnath India.
Nepal – Nepal issued a set of five stamps on world Heritage Site -Birth Place of Buddha -Lumbini in Nepal on 14 Sep 2009.
Bhutan – eight Auspicoius symbols of Buddhism
Bhutan issued a miniature sheet on 16 April 2016 depicting the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism.
France chose theme Dance for stamp day issue for 2016 and the Ballet SWan Lake was chosen for miniature sheet issued on 08 Oct 2016.
Swan lake Ballet was originally composed by a Russian Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky in 1875-76. Despite initial failure it is now one of most popular of all Ballets. The scenario,initially in two acts was fashioned from Russian and/or German Folk Tales and tells the story of Odette, A Princess turned into a Swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.
TANAPEX -2017 – 11th Tamil Nadu State Philatelic Exhibition .
11th Tamil Nadu State Philatelic Exhibition was held in Chennai from 5th to 8th Jan 2017. A set of Special covers were issued to commemorate this event.
The Special cover “Logo on Leaf” was issued to mark inauguration of TANAPEX 2017. Drawing on Peepal Leaf is an ancient craft which emanated from India.especially from Tamil Nadu.The tree is considered sacred by Hindus and Buddhists since it is believed that Buddha sat under this tree and attained enlightment.
TANAPEX 2017 -SPECIAL COVER LOGO ON LEAF
The Silk Saree varieties of tamil Nadu include Kanchipuram, Arani & Thirubhuvanam silk. A special cover was issued on Silk Sarees on 05 Jan 2017.
A Special cover was issued on Spice of India Turmeric on 06 Jan 2017.
TANAPEX 2017- SPECIAL COVER SPICE OF INDIA TURMERIC
Lord Arthanareeshwarar temple situated at Tiruchengode in Namakkal District of Tamil Nadu is about 2000 Years old. It is a rare half male half female form of the deity. A Special cover was issued on 06 Jan 2017
TANAPEX 2017-SPECIAL COVER ON LORD ARTHANAREESHWARAR TEMPLE
The Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal library is one of the few Medieval Libraries that exist in World today.The Maratha King Serfoji II (1798_1832) was an eminent scholar who took steps for enrichment of the Library. It has on display a rare collection of Palm leaf manuscripts and papers written in Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu,Marathi.the collection comprises 47,424 number of manuscripts and 73,399 books.The library has Published 578 books.
The Annual Chariot Festival of Arulmigu Thyagarajaswamy Temple Tiruvarur is celebrated during April-May corresponding to Tamil month of Chithirai. The main attraction of the festival is the the procession of temple Car of Tiruvarur which is 96 feet high and weighs more than 300 tons. A special cover was issued on 06 Jan 2017.
Kakarla Tyagabrahmam(1767-1847) or Saint Tyagaraja was one of the greatest composers of carnatic Music or Indian classical Music.One of his most famous compostions is called Pancharatna Kritis (Five Gems). A special cover was issued on 06 Jan 2017.
SPECIAL COVER -250 YEARS OF THYAGABRAHMAM 2017
Samikannu Vincent(1883-1942) set up business in 1905 as a film exhibitor.Started the concept of screening films in Tents and tent Cinema cocept became popular.He built the first tent Cinema in Madrascalled Edison’s GrandCinema Megaphone on Esplanade. He built South India’s first permanent Cinema Theatre called Variety Hall in Coimbatore in 1914.A Special Cover was released on 07 Jan 2017.
LEGENDS OF TAMIL CINEMA- SAMIKANNU VINCENT.
T P Rajalakshmi was born in Thiruvalyaru and came to be fondly known as Cinema Rani. First woman actor of Tamil Cinema and First Woman Director in South India Cinema. Rose against British rule and was imprisoned many times.A Special cover was issued on 07 Jan 2017.
LEGENDS OF TAMIL CINEMA – TP RAJALAKSHMI
M G Ramachandran popularly known as MGR was a charismatic actor a Legend of Tamil Cinema.He was also the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state from 1977 -1987. A Special Cover was issued on 07 Jan 2017.
Three Girls was painted by Amrita Sher-Gil .It was the first Painting after her return from Europe following her art studies in Paris. She first studied at Grande Chaumiere with Pierre Valliant and later at Ecole des Beaux-Arts (1930-34).
This painting won her a Gold Medal from the Bombay Art Society in 1937. The award launched Amrita who was later to be celebrated as the first lady of the Indian canvas and influence generations of Modern painters in India.A change in her visual language is observed when compared to that of her paintings done in Europe. The influence of Gaugin in the flattened treatment of figures is noteworthy.The use of red becomes predominant in her work thereafter.
In a coffee table book “A Life Well Lived” ,celebrating family traditions, by Karanvir Singh Sibia he mentions about the three sisters who had modelled for the iconic paintings and shows a photograph of the sisters with Amrita. He mentions that his mother and her two sisters were the models for this work. Amrita met them during her visit to her grandparents and she was so fascinated by the charm and innocence of her Punjabi nieces that she decided to paint them. This painting was done in March 1935 in the tennis court of Majithia House in Amritsar with repeated sittings over two to three weeks.
A Special Cover was issued in Delhi on 31 Jan 2013 to mark the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Amrita Sher-Gil .The cover illustrates “The Three Girls” painting.
Uniformed Groups in Schools – Stamps of Singapore 2007.
The Formation of the Uniformed Groups for the students in schools aimed to nurture and develop youths into resilient,responsible,compassionate,and protective leaders through fun,meaningful,challenging and comprehensive development programmes,These Uniformed Groups are important platforms for the development of leadership ,character & citizenship in students.
In Singapore there are nine Uniformed Groups. In this colorful set of nine stamps the uniforms and crests of all nine Uniformed Groups in Singapore are proudly featured.
The Nine Uniformed Groups and their respective dates of Formation in Singapore are
1901- National Cadet Corps.
1910- The Singapore Scout Association.
1917-Girl Guides Singapore.
1927-The Girls’ Brigade Singapore.
1930-The Boys’ Brigade Singapore.
1935-St John Ambulance Brigade Singapore.
1952-Red Cross Youth
1959- National Police Cadet Corps.
2005- National Civil Defence Cadet Corps.
A FDC with these nine beautiful stamps issued on 19 Sep 2007 is listed.