First Cricket Test Match at Pune -Special Cover 2017
Maharashtra Cricket Association build a new International Cricket stadium in Gahunje ,Pimpri,Pune. It hosted the First Test Match between India & Australia from 23 -27 Feb 2017. A Special Cover was released to commemorate this occasion on 23 Feb 2017.
Shivneri Fort is a 17th Century hill fort situated near Junnar town in Pune District. The Fort was mainly used to Guard the old trade route from Desh to City of Kalyan.After the weakening of Delhi Sultanate this Fort passed on to Brahmni Kings in 15th Century. Chhatrapati Shivaji was born in Shivneri Fort on 19 Feb 1630. The Fort came under the British in 1820 after the Third Anglo- Maratha War.
A Special Cover was released on 19 Feb 2017 at Pune. Cover No MH/04/2017
Ahmednagar Fort is located near the banks of Bhingar river near Ahmednagar Maharashtra. It was built by Malik Amed Shah -I in 1427. In 1596 Chand Bibi repulsed the initial attacks of Mughals but Akbar captured it in 1600 and Aurangzeb was the Viceroy in 1636 & 1650. Aurangzeb died at Ahmednagar Fort in 1707 and the Fort pased on to Nizams of Hyderabad from 1724 to 1759. Shivaji invaded Ahmednagar in 1657 & 1665.
The Marathas were occupants of Fort from 1759-1803.The Scindias imprisoned Nana Phadanvis, Peshwa diplomat in Ahmednagar Fort. In 1803 during the Second Anglo-Maratha War Arthur Wellesley defeated Maratha Forces and East India Company occupied the Fort and later the British.
The British rulers imprisoned Jawahar Lal Nehru, Abdul Kalam Azad and Sardar Patel during 1942 Quit India Movement. During this period Nehru penned down “Discovery Of India” in Ahmednagar Fort. Abdul Kalam Azad also compiled his “Ghubar-e-Khatir”(Sallies of Mind) -an acclaimed “Epistolary Essays” of Urdu Literature.
After Independence this Fort is being looked after by Indian Army ( Armoured Corps).
A Special cover was released on 30 Jan 2017 on Ahmednagar Fort at Pune.
Shri Taluku Ramaswamy Subbarao (1920-1984) popularly known as Ta Ra Su was born on 21 Apr 1920 in Malebennur in Davangere District Karnataka .He was a renowned journalist ,scholar and author whose novels were also made into films.
A Special cover was released in his memory on 20 Jan 2017 at Davangere.
Chindodi Leela (1937-2010) was born in 1937 at Devangere. She was a renowned stage and Kannada film actress and author.She had over 10,000 stage performances and was awarded Padmashree. She belonged to and managed KBR drama Company founded in 1928 by her Father. She even headed the Karnataka Nataka Academy.