India on Children’s Day 2009
Complete set of 2 nos. special postage stamp on the National Children’s Day 2009 : The Heart of a Child :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 14, 2009
Issued for : With every child he creates, God brings Hope. We see this Hope shining in every child’s eyes and glowing in its heart. India Post proudly presents this year’s Special postage stamps on Children’s Day: celebrating “The Heart of a Child”.
Design : The set of two stamps carry the tiger and the deer in their natural habitat – sending out an urgent message for prioritising the protection of endangered species. The first day cover is a Montage of paintings. One shows a child resting from labour demanded of him, far beyond his strength and age – placed between two nurturing hands which carry his dreams: the company of other children and an education that empowers him. Below that a glowing night scene depicts a young boy teaching adults to read and write and to learn computer skills.
Another painting shows children’s concern for the elderly and for the physically challenged. It highlights the fact that what senior citizens need is not charity but love and compassion that draw them into the mainstream of life. In yet another picture a child’s observant eye and heart goes out to the environment which we do not hesitate to pollute with our everyday activities.
A herd of spotted deer and an elephant with its young are featured on the brochure bringing the children’s concerns full circle. “This is my world”, each child seems to say, “I belong to it as much as it belongs to me. The life of every creature on it is intertwined with mine – To make this a better place for all of us is my dream”.
The paintings ad seriatim are by (a) Manoj, Class IV, Karnataka; (b) Divya Yadav, Class IV, Haryana; (c) Nikhil Chanadran, Class X, Kerala; (d) Pragyan Dey, Class VI, West Bengal; (e) Sooraj Kakkaraiyil, Class XI, Kerala; (f) Jishnu P. Raj, Class VIII, Kerala; (g) Deepak P. V., Class III, Kerala; and (h) Ashish R. Patil, Class III, Karnataka.
Stamp, FDC & Brochure Design & Layout : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Information Brochure
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise each
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million each
Printing Process : Wet–offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- The Children’s Day Special Postage Stamp has become a regular feature of the annual Stamp Issue Programme of India Post. It marks the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, on 14th November, honouring the special place he had in his heart for the young.
- This year India Post celebrates “The Heart of a Child” as we place before you the outburst of creativity that was triggered by the children designing stamps. Their interest in their surroundings, their concern for issues far beyond their immediate neighbourhood and the panoramic vision they seemed to share, made it virtually impossible to limit ourselves to just one painting. Therefore, this year we place a collection of children’s paintings before you.
- Text : Department of Posts.