Chandraprava Saikiani

A commemorative postage stamp on Chandraprabha Saikiani, a social reformer and writer from Assam, founder of The All Assam Pradeshik Mahila Samiti [a part of the seriesPersonality Series : Social Reformers‘] :

The All Assam Pradeshik Mahila Samiti Ayyankali, Chandraprava Saikiani, Goparaju Ramachandra RaoIssued by India

Issued on Sep 12, 2002

Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to honour the memory of these three great social reformers by issue of commemorative postage stamps.

Design : The design of First Day Cover symbolises the contributions of the three social reformers, viz. Ayyan Kali, Chandraprabha Saikiani and Gora.

Credits :
Stamp
& FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Stamps, Mint Condition

Colour : Four Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise each

Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.

Printing Size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.

Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5 with elliptical hole on each 39.1 mm sides

Paper : Matt Chromo

Stamps Printed : 0.4 million each

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing Process : Photo Offset

Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.

Name : Chandraprava Saikiani

Born on Mar 16, 1901 at Daisingari, Kamrup district, Assam, India

Died on Mar 16, 1972 at Daisingari, Kamrup district, Assam, India

About :

  • The Department of Posts is bringing out a set of commemorative postage stamps honouring three outstanding leaders of the country who strove to uphold the dignity and rights of the less privileged and to rid society of prevailing malpractices.
  • Chandraprabha Saikiani (1901-1972) not only pioneered a movement for the emancipation of women in Assam, but also led crusades against various malpractices prevalent in the society. Hailing from the Kamrup district of Assam, she opened a small school for girls while still in her teens and went on to strive relentlessly to rescue womenfolk from the drudgery of domestic work and to educate them. In 1926 she formed the Assam Pradeshik Mahila Samity which grew under her guidance to establish a presence in every village of Assam and contributed to women’s education and upholding women’s rights. A Gandhian to the core, she played a major role in the Freedom Movement in Assam. She is also remembered for her poetry and novels.
  • Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.

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