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Thursday , January 23 , 2014
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Grand stamp of love

Schoolchildren had a brush with paint and paper to produce a winning design for a stamp. The sit-and-draw contest, on the theme of a day with grandparents, was held at General Post Office to mark Philately Day. “Every postal circle is hosting a contest. The winning entries in the three age groups will be sent to the chief post master-general’s office from where the zonal winner will be sent to Delhi. The top national selections will be made into a stamp, used on a first day cover and a max card on Children’s Day,” said the director, GPO, A. Thomas Lourduraj. Sourish Mustafi of Class XII, Vivekananda Mission School, won in the above-Class VIII group, Cherissa Doshi of Class V, Akshar, in the Class V-VIII group, and Jheel Parekh, a year junior in the same school, in the Class I-IV group. “Collecting and studying stamps improves one’s sense of design and general knowledge, and is an investment for the future when the collectibles will cost much more,” said Dipak Dey, judge and veteran stamp designer best known for designing the Satyajit Ray commemorative stamp. The judges kept in mind the fact that the drawing had to be suitable for a stamp. “I loved (Mahadevi Birla World Academy student) Spandan Agarwal’s picture of bringing back grandparents from the old age home. He has a great sense of proportion. But we chose Cherissa’s picture of a grandchild and grandparents sharing a soft drink as its bold lines suit a stamp better,” said artist Wasim Kapoor.

Sourish, the winner in the senior group, said this is what he kept in mind while planning his picture of grandparents with grandchild at a carnival. “I kept fewer details and used geometric shapes and vibrant colours,” he said.

Text by Sudeshna Banerjee
Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya