Kolkata, Feb 27: The Gujral Foundation will present "Property of a Gentleman" stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions in a unique exhibition aiming to explore an aspect of Hyderabad’s history.
The exhibition will be held from March 9 – 24 at Bikaner House in New Delhi. The exhibition will present rare stamps from the Ewari Collection; an iconic collection which dates back to Nawab Iqbal Hussain Khan, the Postmaster General under the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad. The exhibition is curated by Pramod Kumar KG, Managing Director of Eka Archiving.
Hyderabad, the senior most princely state in colonial India, printed its own stamps from 1869 onwards until it became a part of the Indian Union in 1949. The objects on display will include rare examples of original postage stamps from Hyderabad ranging from individual stamps to entire stamp sheets, as well as valuable and related ephemera such as original letters, postcards, revenue stamps of the region, erroneous stamps, seals and monograms. In today’s age of rapid technological changes in communication, postage stamps are vital remnants of a bygone era. These seemingly insignificant objects played an essential role in a complex and vast communication network that spread across the world. From their original role as payments to help transfer messages, stamps were also used to facilitate revenue collection, taxation and served other fiscal purposes.
Apart from their practical usage several states utilized stamps as a way of celebrating the material heritage and culture of the issuing region. The use of exquisite calligraphy, multifarious languages and architectural tropes demonstrate the far reaching influence of the erstwhile state of Hyderabad. Particular highlights in the exhibition include the first stamp issued by the Nizam’s Government in Hyderabad ; a wide range of postage stamps that evolved over a period of time in different colours, values, inscriptions and sizes; stamps featuring monuments from across the Nizam’s expansive dominion as well as the last stamp issued by the princely state of Hyderabad. (UNI)