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Monday, January 9, 2017

Expo has 450 stamps of various themes and subjects is a visual treat for children

In the age of e-mails, stamps may not be crucial for communication any more. But, they still hold a charm for stamp collectors. 
To introduce children to philately, which was considered king of hobbies, the Tamil Nadu Postal Circle is organising a four-day exhibition ‘Tanapex’ in Chennai after nearly two decades. 
Inaugurated at Amma Arangam in Shenoy Nagar on Thursday, the State-level exhibition has over 450 philately frames covering various themes such as flowers, freedom fighters and art and music. Each frame has a collection of stamps released during various years, but share the same theme. 
The exhibition, which also has several participants from South India Philatelists Association, also features several letters written by eminent personalities. A special cover on traditional silk sarees, picture postcards and pictorial cancellation of Muttom light house, Manappad light house and Arthanareeswarar temple were released during the inauguration. 
It’s not all about display of stamps alone. Children visiting the exhibition have a host of activities to be part of it — quiz contest, philately walk or philately hunt and design a stamp — all lined up till January 8. Cultural shows, magic show and drama by veteran theatre personality and comedian Crazy Mohan will also be organised. 
“We also encourage children to open philately account at a minimum cost of Rs.200. The exhibition also has 15 dealer booths to help visitors purchase stamps and rare items. A help desk has also been set up for new entrants who want to display their collection,” an official said. 
T. Murthy, member (Operations), Postal Services Board, Harmander Singh, principal secretary, Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles and Khadi department and Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, TN Postal Circle were present. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. till January 8.


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