Postal Stamp Image : RAJA ANNAMALI CHETTIAR 0982 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 30/09/1980
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.35
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0982
Stamp Information : Annamalai Chettiar was born on 30 September 1881 at Kanadukattam in the Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu. His father, S.R.M.M. Muthiah Chettiar was a rich and influential banker. After his schooling, he joined his family business. During the course of his business, he visited some of the countries in South-east Asia. He also spent a considerable time in England. On his return home, he became the head of the civic body of kairaikudi, also member of several local organisations and the District Board. In 1916, he transisted from local affairs to the Legislayive Council of Madras Presidency, where he sat for 3 years. In 1920 he stood for election to the Council of State, established under the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms, and was returned for the general constituency (the whole of the Presidency) at the head of polls. He held his seat in the Council for three consicutive terms, always by election and everytime at the head of the polls. With his natural bent for finnce, he with others founded the Indian Bank. He was also appointed a Governor of the Imperial Bank of India at its inception in 1921 and cotinued as one of its Directors almost to the end of his life. Annamalai Chettiar was of the firm view that education was the primary need for the country. He made his mind to found and endow a college at Chidambaram. Sri Minakshi College was formarlly opened in 1920. To the Arts College was aded the Sanskrit College and a Tamil College in 1927. Soon an Oriental Training College folowed by a College of Music was established. With all these institutions forming a splendid nucleus for a University came into existence on 1 January 1929 with the passing of the Bill and started functioning from July 1929. In recognition of his unique services to the cause of learning, a Knighthood, and the destinction of a hereditary Rajah was conferred on him. Rajah Annamalai Chettiar was deeply concerned over and made persistent efforts to safegaurd the interests of Indians in Burma and French Indo-China. For this purpose he led a deputation to London and Paris in 1935. Even while immersed in other affairs, his thoughts were always with the University at Annamalainagar. Its development and expansion was his master passion. His devotion to music, espesially Tamil music was another of his passions. The movement and the impetus that he gave to Tamil music were hailed by all. He passed away on 15 June 1948. Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a commemorative stamp in his honour.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp design consists of a portrait of Rajah Annamalai Chettiar. The first day cover design is a sketch of the main buiding of the Annamalai University founded by Rajah Annamalai Chettiar.
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 : 14,1/2x14
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
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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