Postal Stamp Image : A. K. COOMARASWAMY AND SIVA 0855 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 22/08/1977
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.25
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0855
Stamp Information : Ananda Kentish Coomarswamy was born on August 22, 1877 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Sir Muthu Coomarswamy and Elizabeth Clay Beeby. Ananda lost his father when he was only two years old and was brought up by his mother in England. In 1900 he graduated with first-class and honours from the London University. Later he was awarded a Doctorate of Science degre in Geology by the same University. Ananda Coomarswamy worked as Director of Mineralogical Survey of Sri Lanka from 1903 to 1906. Discovery of thorianite, a cubical mineral of high specific gravity is a major contribution of Coomarswamy during this period. Coomarswamy's interests were not, however, confined to science. He was in particular inspired by the history and culture of India and travelled extensively in this country collecting some of the finest specimens of Indian paintings and drawings. In 1917, Dr. Ananda Coomarswamy joined the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, U.S.A. as Keeper for Indian Art and continued there till 1947. Coomarswamy was a many-sided personality- a linguist, philosopher, art historian and critic. A man of unbounded energy, Coomarswamy did pioneering work in discovering and documenting thousands of works of art. Among his major works are 'Medieval Sinhalese Art', 'The Arts and Crafts of India and Ceylon', 'Essays in National Idealism', 'The Dance of Shiva', 'A New Aproach to the Vedas' and 'Catalogue of Indian Collections in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston' to mention only a few. Coomarswamy died at Needham, Boston in U.S.A. on September 9. 1947. The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department feels proud to bring out a commemorative postage stamp on the occasion of the birth centenary of this colourful personality.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The design of the stamp depicts the profile of Ananda Kentish Coomarswamy. Alongside is shown the dancing Shiva, the subject of a well-known study by Coomarswamy.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.55 X 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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