Ludwig Van Beethoven -Stamps of Surinam on Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven (Dec 1770-Mar 1827) was a German Composer and Pianist. A Leading and prominent figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Classical Music he remains one of the most recognised and influential of all Composers.
His best known compositions include 9 Symphonies, 5 Piano Concertos, 1violin Concerto, 32 Piano Sonatas, 16 String Quaterets, one opera Fidelio and great Mass the Missa solemnis.
Surinam issued a set of stamps on 25 Oct 1970 to commemorate Bicentenary of his birth. A First Day Cover with a miniature is listed.
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.
The Nation today remembers the Legend and Maestro of Shehnai Ustad Bismillah Khan on his 102nd Birth Anniversary. Born on 21 Mar 1916 at Dumraon in Bihar he was conferred Sahitya Academy Award in 1956,Padma Shri in 1961, Padma Bhusan in 1968, Padma Vibhusan in 1980 and the Highest Civilian Award Bharat Ratna in 2001.
His Shehnai recital before the start of Republic Day Parade is still fondly remembered by three generations of Indians who were fortunate to hear him live on TV Channels.
A stamp was issued by India Post in his honour on 21 Aug 2008.
Stamps on India Themes by other Countries – Russia India Joint Issue
Russia and India jointly issued a set of Stamps on 26 Oct 2017. The Theme of stamps were Folk Dances of Russia (Beryozka Dance) and India (Bhavai Dance).
A Set of Se-tenant Pair issued by Russia are listed below.
Bhavai Dance- it is a genre of folk dance popular in Rajasthan.The dance form cosists of veiled women dancers balancing up to seven or nine pitchers as they dance nimbly. The male dancers sing melodious songs and play a number of musical instruments.
Beryozka round dance is one of the famous Russian folk dances. This is an ancient round social Slavonic ritual folk dance .Dancers hold hands and dance in simple steps in a circle and simultaneously squat on a certain beat of music.
Six Musical Instruments of Bhutan on stamps – Bhutan 2017
Music is an important essence of Bhutanese culture and society. Traditional musicians have used organic materials to craft and refine a variety of instruments to harmonise with melodies. Among the most popular percussive ,string and wind instruments are dranyen (lute), pewang (fiddle),lim (flute) and yangchen (hammered dulsimer).
Bhutan issued a set of Six stamps on Musical Instruments of Bhutan on 01 Sep 2017.
A miniature sheet on six Musical Instruments of Bhutan is listed below. The Sheet of six stamps also shows Lhamo Yangchenma -The Goddess of Knowledge and Music.
The six instruments are
Yangkali (Pod shaker) It is not man made but extracted from a fruit in forest that grows on tree creeper.These are huge bean shaped upto 3.5 feet long. Once dried it becomes hard shell with solid large seeds. Players can produce amazing rhythmic sounds by shaking the pod. Male dancers hang it around the left side of waist.
Yangchen (Hammered Dulsimer) It is not an indigenous Bhutanese instrument but very similar to one played in Mongolia or Tibet .there are different sizes and is usually painted in red,green and blue colors.
Kongtha (Mouth Harp) It is tension jaw harp and made from very thin bamboo and very light and fragile.
Lim (flute) Bamboo flute -when front blown it is known as dong lim and when side blown known as zur lim. there are several varieties of flute and each variety hasa distinct name. The flutes are differentiated by the distance between mouth holes and finger holes. Dong lim has six main finger holes and one mouth hole in a straight line.
Chiwang or Pewang (Fiddle) This type of instrument is generally made from Ox or Buffalo Horn. The resonance box of the horn is covered by leather. A woodstem with two pegs at the top passes through the centre of hollow horn. Two strings run from the pegs down the stem.The Chiwang is played with a bow made of dried bamboo threaded with horse tail.
Aungli (horn)This wind instrument is made of large mithun (Indian Bison) ,buffalo or ox horns. The pointed end of horn is cut off so that air can pass throgh smoothly. it is used by cattle herders to protect herds from predators.