A commemorative postage stamp on the National Children’s Day 2002 : Holi :
Issued on Nov 14, 2002
Issued for : The Department of Posts, on its part, has cherished the Universal Children’s Day and has been celebrating the same with the issue of a special postage stamp every year. Over the years, the stamps have highlighted themes of relevance for the growth and well-being of children, like nutrition, shelter, educational facilities, empowerment of the girl child etc. In recent years, the practice of issuing stamps depicting paintings by children themselves has been followed. Children’s art makes fascinating study on account of their innocence, richness of imagination and freedom of execution. The Children’s Day stamps, therefore, also provide insights into the minds of the younger generation, into issues that are of concern to them. The Department has also been adding colour to the private world of children through the postage stamps which it issues on important subjects. As a hobby that starts in childhood, stamp collecting makes children more aware about what is happening in the world around them and helps them to grow in life.
Design : The stamp being issued this year carries a detail from a painting by Aakash Anand, which captures the spirit of Holi, India‘s most colourful festival. Holi celebrates the arrival of spring and is symbolic of the victory of good over evil. It is also a celebration of joy and hope. The artist has re-created the mood of vibrant joy, through images of dance, music and festivities. The colours used are bright and the execution is bold. The painting had stood first in the nation-wide Stamp Design Competition held in October 2002.
The First Day Cover is based on another award winning entry of the Stamp Design Competition, which was done by Debahuti Hazarika.
Stamp : Akash Anand
FDC : Debahuti Hazarika
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 X 4.70 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 X 4.35 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m adhesive gravure coated stamp paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Print quantity : 0.125 million Sheetlets
Number of stamps per sheetlet : 12
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- India‘s commitment to the cause and well-being of its children is enshrined in its Constitution. The country has upheld its social and moral responsibility towards the needs and rights of the children. The successive Five Year Plans have enabled a planned approach to child welfare, which blossomed into the National Policy for Children in 1974, laying down the guiding principles for action this area.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.