Postal Stamp Image : BANKIM CHANDRA CHATTERJEE 0582 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 01/01/1969
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.20
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0582
Stamp Information : Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was born on 26th June, 1838 in the village of Katalpara near Naihati in West Bengal. He was educated at the Hooghly College and the Presidency College, Calcutta and was among the first products of the newly founded Calcutta University. soon after graduation, he was appointed Deputy Collector under the Government, an office which he held till his retirement. He wrote poetry to begin with, but his effort was no great success. He then turned to friction and his first novel "Raj Mohan's Wife" written English appeared in 1864. He soon outgrew the contemporary craze for writing in English, and his next novel "Durgesh Nandini" was written in Bengali. The appearance of this work in 1865 was a landmark in the India's literary history. It was the first novel written in Bengali in the European style. "Durgesh Nandini" thus heralded the birth of a new literary era not only in Bengal but in the whole of India. Although it was not Bankim Chandra's best work, it became immensely popular and filled the reader with unprecedented delight. Rabindranath Tagore compared its publication to the appearance of dawn after night. Novels came out thereafter in quick succession from Bankim Chandra's fertile pen. "Kapal Kundala", his most imaginative story, appeared in 1866, followed by "Mrinalini". Many of his later novels were first published serially in the magazine "Bangadarshan" which Bankim founded in 1872. Among these were "Visa Vriksha" (his first social novel", "Krishna Kanter Will", "Ananda Math" and "Devi Chaudharani". Besides novels, he wrote several volumes of essays, sketches and dissertations. From 1872 till his death in 1894, Bankim Chandra was the leading figure in the literary circles of Bengal. He came closest to the heart of the people and the names of his characters became household names in Bengal. His novels have been translated into other Indian languages and his reputation is, therefore, not confined to Bengal. A feature of his writings, unique for his times, is the spirit of patriotism that breathes through many of them. He is not only the father of modern Indian fiction, but has also earned an honoured place in the history of India's struggle for freedom. A measure of his influence on the freedom movement is the popularity of the nationalist song "Bande Mataram" which occurs in his novel "Ananda math". Even today, the popularity of this song is second only to that of the National Anthem. The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is happy to salute the memory of this great writer and patriot by issuing a special postage stamp in his honour on New Year's Day, 1969.
Philatelic Stamp Description : Description of Design The design is vertical and depicts a portrait of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.34 x 2.4
Postal Stamp Print Size : 2.99 x 2.1 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 54
Stamp Perforations : 13,1/2 x 1
Postal Stamp Shape : Diagonal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Blue
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