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Baba Saheb An Extraordinary Philatelic Journey (1966-2022)


Jul 01 2022 to Jul 06 2022 10 a.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

This exhibition puts together a unique archive on the philatelic afterlife of Ambedkar (1966-2022), his journey from being the first Dalit personality to be honoured with a commemorative postage stamp to becoming a key philatelic icon in the country. It uses postage stamps, postal information brochures, first day covers, postal calendars, inland letter cards and other postal materials to throw fresh light on the shifting evolution of the official and popular imaginations of Ambedkar. The philatelic material is organised into three broad periods. The first period begins with the issue of a commemorative stamp on Ambedkar in 1966 and ends with another commemorative stamp issued in 1991 after he was posthumously conferred with the Bharat Ratna. The material of this period is limited to commemorative releases that portray him as a standalone icon. The second period (1992 – 2010), when Ambedkar was included in the definitive series, marks his entry into the philatelic pantheon hitherto restricted to Gandhi and Nehru. Also, in this period Ambedkar is no longer restricted to commemoratives and he figures on a very wide variety of philatelic material. In the third period (2012-22), postage stamps and special covers celebrate him as a pan Indian leader by representing the different stages of his life and tracing his journey across the country. The exhibition has been curated by Vikas Kumar, who teaches economics at Azim Premji University. Mr. Ramachandra Guha will inaugurate the exhibition and offer introductory remarks. This will be followed by a lecture, Baba Saheb: An Extraordinary Philatelic Journey (1966-2022), in which the curator will introduce the exhibited material.

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