August 8, 2015
Coimbatore philatelist C. Selvaraj has in his possession 50 commemorative stamps of cinema legends.
Speaking to Covai Post on the sidelines of an expo of stamps at Suguna Kalyana Mandapam, Selvaraj said that the “cinema in stamps” was released in six miniature sheets with first two miniature sheets consisting of 18 veteran actors, singers and musicians while the other 4 miniature sheets having 32 legends.
Listing out the legends in stamps, he said that poet Kannadasan, comedian Nagesh, character artiste S V Ranga Rao, actor and director Modern Theatres T R Sundaram, actress Banumathy, director C V Sridhar, Hindi actors Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Prithiviraj Kapoor, Malayalam actor Prem Nazir are some of the legends who find a place in the commemorative stamps issued by the Indian Postal Department on May 3, 2013.
He had displayed as many as 5,000 stamps including 50 stamps of legends in Indian cinema and added that the stamps include veterans who started their career right from the silent era to the latest period. Documenting such commemorative stamps of cinema legends and displaying for the benefit of the public would definitely bring the golden memories of Indian cinema, according to him.
Selvaraj said that stamps of cinema legends, starting from 1913 to 2013 have been displayed with the actor, director, producer, singer, lyricist, music director’s name along with the film name and year. The 50th commemorative stamp was of Kannada actor Vishnuvardan for his cinema career between 1950 and 2009.
The two day stamp expo, according to Selvaraj, would receive good patronage from the stamp collectors and cinema lovers of yesteryear films.