‘Ekla Chalo Re’ – a state-level philatelic exhibition titled between 16th to 21st November was held in Kolkata by the Department of Posts, West Bengal circle to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Other than the postal stamps and philatelic materials related to the father of the nation, it also showcased stamps released on Gandhi by 71 countries to mark this anniversary.
This was the 9th State Level Philatelic Exhibition in West Bengal, where over a hundred collectors participated in the competitive class. Sikkim’s well-known philatelist Roshan Prasad, also known as the ‘Cricket Philatelist’ won silver in the thematic class of the exhibition for his collection of stamps and philatelic materials related to cricket. The title to his theme was ‘The Story of Cricket’, a five frame exhibit properly organized in 80 pages as per the Federation Internationale de Philatelie (FIP) rules.
‘The Story of Cricket’ has won nine titles so far at national and international philatelic exhibitions and even at the World Championships in Taipei, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The collection comprises of collectables over a 100 years old related to the sport, featuring a rare and valuable item – a press telegram of the India-Pakistan Test Match Series 1954-55. Its significance lies in the fact that it was India’s first tour to the neighbouring country after Independence. Prasad is also part of the Sikkim Cricket Association and dreams of opening a cricket museum in Sikkim soon.
“Participating and winning a medal in Kolkata will always be special to me, as I started my collection itself in Kolkata back in 2005 when I was graduating here. Since then, this is for the first time I have participated in an exhibition in West Bengal”, says Roshan.
He has also written “The Stamps Collector’s Dictionary”, published by The Department of Posts, Sikkim Division last February during SIKKIMPEX-2019. The same has been approved for participation in INPEX-2019 (National Level Philatelic Exhibition) which will be held at Mumbai in December 2019. He will be competing with his book for the first time at a national level exhibition and he looks forward to it positively. He has also sent his book for approval in 37th Asian International Philatelic Exhibition 2020 which will be hosted by New Zealand next year.