A commemorative postage stamp on Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, a Hindi poet and close aide of Jayaprakash Narayan during ‘The Emergency’ [a part of the series ‘Linguistic Harmony of India‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 14, 1999
Issued for : Arising as it does from different regions and languages, the diversity of the ancient literary tradition of India is at once striking. These languages and literatures have been interacting with one another through the centuries resulting in their getting influenced by one another and acquiring a common, unmistakable identity that is typically Indian. The Department of Posts issues a set of four stamps on distinguished literary figures, whose works when viewed in totality, emphasise the linguistic harmony of the country.
The set of four stamps was released on 14th September, 1999, the 50th Anniversary of ‘Hindi Diwas’, which marks the adoption of Hindi as the Official Language of the Union. The day also celebrated all regional Indian languages and was symbolic of the linguistic harmony of the country.
Stamp Design : Concept of linguistic harmony in India is sought to be portrayed. The issue celebrates four distinguished literary figures of modern India: Kazi Nazrul Islam, Ramdhari Sinha ‘Dinkar’, Jhaverchand Kalidas Meghani and Rambriksh Benipuri. The stamp designs attempt symbolic recreation of their literary works.
Stamp : Anand Dev
FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Two Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
Born on Sep 23, 1908 at Simaria, Munger district, Bihar, British India [now Begusarai district, Bihar]
Died on Apr 24, 1974 at Begusarai district, Bihar, India
- Ramdhari Sinha ‘Dinkar’ (1908-1974), philosopher poet rose upon the Hindi literary scene, like the proverbial “Sun” evoking the spirit of nationalism. On account of his inspiring patriotic compositions, he was called “Rashtrakavi”. He had a distinguished academic career as a Professor of Hindi literature. His poetic compositions Kurukshetra, Rashmirathi, Neel Kusum etc. won the hearts of the public as well as connoisseurs winning recognition as a poet of revolt against socio-economic injustice, he also possessed tender sensibility. An excellent prose writer, he received the Sahitya Academy Award for his study “Sanskriti Ke Char Adhayaya” (1956) and his verse play “Urvashi” was honoured with the “Jnanpith” Award. His works received wide recognition and numerous awards, including the national award “Padma Bhushan”.
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