Postal Stamp Image : HENRY HERAS & INDUS VALLEY SEAL 1030 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 14/12/1981
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.35
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1030
Stamp Information : Henry heras was born in Barcelona, Spain on 11 September 1888, and did his early studies in that city. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1904, and was ordained priest in 1920. In October 1922 he came to India, and was assigned to St. Xavier?s College, Bombay. Fr. Heras was keen to investigate the treasures of Indian history and culture, and at the same time sharply aware of the need to train historiographers. He got his research students interested in similar themes, composing for them a masterly little treatise on The Writing of History. In 1926 he launched the Indian Historical Institute, which was to produce a galaxy of historians and indologists, and was later to be named after him the ?Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture?. His early work was in Mughal history and Jesuit Sources. His first major historical work was on The Aravidu Dynasty of Vijayanagara (1927). Around 1935 Fr. Heras became interested in the discoveries at Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, and soon all his sttttention was centered on the problem of deciphering the Indus Valley script. This led to numerous monographs, culminating in his magnum opus, Studies in Proto-Indo-Mediterranean Culture (1955). In this pioneering work he put forward the view that the language of the Indus Valley civilization and the other ancient civilizations of Sumer, Egypt and the Mediterranean. Besides building up the Indian Historical Research Institute, with its excellentlibrary and museum, at St. Xavier?s College, Fr. Heras was also a founder of the Bombay Historical Society. He was an active member of the Indian Historical Records Commission, the Indian History Congress and the International Congress of Historical Sciences. His identification with India was total, and on the establishment of the Republic he became an Indian Citizen. Fr. Heras was a painstaking researcher with deep fund of knowlwdge and passion for objectivity. He was far ahead of his times in his interpretation and apreciation of culture of the land of his adoption. He did much to render Christian themes through Indian symbols and styles of art. He encouraged and inspired young artists, and presented their work in exibitions in Bombay, Rome, Madrid and Lisbon, meriting the title of ?Father of Indian Christian Art?. He passed away in Bombay on 14 December 1955. Indian P & T Department is privileged to issue a stamp in his honour. (Text by John Correia-Afonso)
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp, designed by Indian Security Press, has a portrait of the personality alongwith the facsimile of Indus Valley seals. First day cover, designed by India Security Press, shows the Logo of Heras Institute and Mohenjo-Daro seals. The cancellation was designed by Charanjit Lal.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.75 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.70 X 2.4 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 14x14,1/2
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 20,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Purple
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