Music has always been an important aspect of Indian life. There have been many maestros who have nurtured Indian classical music and have made its presence felt in the National and International arena. India Post has paid a tribute to such legendary maestros of Indian Classical Music by releasing a set of eight stamps on Indian Musicians.
Mr. Krishna Kumar Yadav, Director Postal Services, Allahabad Region told that Dept. of Post has issued 8 stamps on 3rd September, 2014 based on Indian Musicians, which includes Ali Akbar Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, D.K. Pattammal, Kumar Gandharva, Mallikarjun Mansur, Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan. Stamps issued on Ravi Shankar and Bhimsen Joshi are in denomination of Rs. 25/- whereas other stamps are in denomination of Rs. 5/- only.
Mr. Krishna Kumar Yadav, told that these stamps are available in Allahabad Region at Philatelic Bureaus of Allahabad Head Post Office and Varanasi Head Post Office. Stamps worth more than Rs. 25,000 have been sold to the customers on first day in Allahabad. These customers include not only fans of music but apart from youngsters and school children also include government officials, Judges, Doctors, Engineers, Advocates, and people from Corporate World. Many of these people are procuring these postage stamps for gifting to other persons also. Other than above, these stamps and other items are being also dispatched by registered post to 801 Philatelic Deposit Account holders of Allahabad Philatelic Bureau, added Mr. KK Yadav.
Director Mr. Yadav also told that total 46 lakhs stamps and 4 lakh miniature sheets have been printed. Apart from these, First Day Cover and Information Brochure have also been issued, which are available for Rs. 5/- each respectively.