According to info got by StampNews.com India Post has launched a series of stamps honoring its musicians. This set consists of eight stamps that depict Indian Musicians.
The set of stamps featuring musical maestros Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Ms. D.K. Pattammal, Ms. Gangubai Hangal, Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan was released by the Hon'ble President of India. The function was attended by the family members of the musicians, eminent personalities from the field of music & art, and the officers of the Department of Posts.
Reminiscing his childhood, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT and Law & Justice, shared his experiences of hearing Pt. Kumar Gandharva and Ms. Gangubai Hangal, who enthralled the audience with their powerful voices and touched the hearts of millions of people.
He underlined the importance and contribution of Indian Classical Music, which has travelled beyond the boundaries of the nation and made its mark on the world stage. He further stated that music is the essence of the society which can bring and create peace, harmony and brotherhood.
The President stated the following: "These eight maestros are, without a doubt, among the tallest luminaries in the history of world music. They have not only achieved personal perfection, but have made extraordinary contributions, in their respective fields, to the development and evolution of the schools of music in which their talents were nurtured and honed. Their contribution, and its enrichment of our cultural heritage cannot be quantified or estimated".
He further added that their music will be cherished by the young and old, for many decades to come.