Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Prof.Hattangadi Shashidhar Bhat

A Special  Postal Cover to commemorate the Doyen of Urology, Prof.Hattangadi Shashidhar Bhat- on the occasion of decennial of department of Urology Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore was released on 1st March 2022.

Prof H Sashidhar  Bhat is regarded as father of Indian Urology. The teaching department founded by him at Christian Medical College Vellore way back in 1965, reckoned as the first of its kind, lead to the formation of second  and third generations of teaching units all over the country. The department of Urology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore is one such unit which is celebrated its decennial in 2022. On this occasion, the department  sponsored the release of a special postal cover by India Posts to commemorate the pioneering work of the doyen, which was released on the foundation day of the department on 1st March. Dr Bhat was close to the visionary educationist and the founder of Kasturba Medical College, late Padmashree Dr T M A Pai under whose supervision and direction, the second generation department of urology had been commissioned in Manipal in 1977 with Prof P Venugopal as the head.

About the cover:

1. The special cover is being released during amritkal and the amritmahotsav logo is featured as a mandatory requirement.

2. Prof Bhat, the legend commemorated is placed at the feet of mother India

3. The symbol of  Urology is placed near projected point of Vellore, where Dr Bhat served most and founded the first ever Urology  department.

4. Spreading arrows indicate that the specialty of urology spread all over the country thereafter.

5. The surgical instrument spectroscope which revolutionized urological work is depicted above Dr Bhat's quote

6. Dr Bhat's inspirational quote is reproduced at the bottom.

7. The watermark shows our luxuriant west coast to indicate that Dr Bhat hailed from Hattangadi in the erstwhile South Kanara district

8. The cancellation shows the urinary tract.

Courtesy: Dr.G.G.Laxman Prabhu.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Sad Demise of Sri. Madhava Rao Pavanje.

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our Patron member and ex-President  Mr.Madhava Rao Pavanje passed away on 29th October 2021 in Bengaluru.He was the President of our Association for many years. We pray that may his Soul rest in eternal peace.


 
Felicitated by the Department of Posts on the occasion of  KARNAPEX 2019 - State Level Philatelic Exhibition for his service to Philately. 

MADHAVA SMARANA

There goes a saying, Legends are bornt not made. This saying justifies to the veteran artist Madhava Rao Pavanje, who left us for his heavenly abode on 29/10/2021.

Madhava Rao Pavanje - or M.R Pavanje as he is better known – was a renowned portrait painter and commercial artist of the city. Hailing from the famous Pavanje Rao family, his grandfather Pavanje Gopalakrishnaiah was a graduate in fine arts from the prestigious J.J School of Arts Mumbai and had contribute to various text books and books issued by Basel Mission Press. Continuing that legacy, M.R Pavanje’s Uncle Dr.Narahari Gopalakrishna Pavanje or N.G Pavanje was sent by the Maharaja of Mysore to Germany where he obtained his doctoral degree in art from the Universities of Berlin and Leipzig. He also served as director of Chamarajendra Technical Training Institute Mysore where famous artists like K.K Hebbar were nurtured under his guidance. Hailing such prestigious family, M.R Pavanje was also a well-known commercial artist of city and headed the “Pavanje Art Studio” situated at Gopalakrishna temple Road in Carstreet. During the times when advertising field was in its infancy in the city, he used to design various advertisements. In addition to it his, art works have been decorated the various First Day Covers and Special Covers issued by Various Postal Circles of India.

An artist in demand, he has done various art works out of which his noteworthy work was the oil on canvas portrait of Dharmastala Manjayya Heggade, grandfather of Dr. D Veerendra Heggade, the religious head or Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala. The painting was made for his birth centenary exhibition held at PVS Kalakunja in the year 1989. The painting was so beautiful that, Manjayya Heggade’s daughter Smt. Vimala Ballal had  out rightly purchased it. Apart from this, he has contributed to various art journals, and many portraits sketches were done by him. He was also well versed in different art techniques like oil painting, charcoal sketch, nib painting and others.

Apart from an art which was his profession, there are many unseen facets to his legend. Known as “Walking Encyclopedia”, he was knowledgeable in all the topics one can name. He was able to provide the correct information on any subject without using Google. Being Philatelist and Numismatist, he had an enormous collection of both stamps and coins, which fetched him, many laurels in international exhibitions. He also participated as Jury member in various exhibitions of stamps and coins. The specialty of his valuation was, he used to value the collection right before the participant and used to give feedback on how he can develop his collection and gather knowledge pertaining to the topics. Sometimes, he would even gift his rare stamps or coins to children who are interested in philately and numismatics, thereby encouraging them to grow.  I’m one of the beneficiaries of his generosity of heart. He would later take constant reports from my father who was close to him, to check my progress in philately as I opted philately over numismatics. Even two days before his demise, he had spoken about me. His exhibits of stamps and coins were a treat to look at it, as it also featured some of his small line drawings pertaining to the subject on which the exhibit was crafted. Apart from judging the philatelic and numismatic events, he was also invited as Jury or judge to various drawing competitions.

Along with Philately and Numismatics, he was also an avid collector of antiquities. The entire layout of his 128+ years old “Pavanje House” complemented his collection. Adding to it, he could speak at length about all the items that he had, and would explain the significance so well. Wherever you went in that house, you would bump into either an antique or a canvas board. He also had an excellent collection of Manuscripts and Books pertaining to various subjects. He used to encourage youngsters in starting their own hobbies. Adding to it, he was one of the few who knew every nook and corner pertaining to the history of Tulunadu or Undivided Dakshina Kannada district.

He was an avid teacher and has trained many set of internationally famed artists. Well known artist like his neice Anu Pavanje, Veena Srinivas to name a few. Though he suffered from various issues, it didn’t stop him from teaching, gaining knowledge or enjoying the company of generations much younger than him.

His sudden demise has left an unfilled void in the artist fraternity and also in the field of philately and numismatics. Aum Shanti Pavanje Ajja! You’ll always be remembered for the kind, inspiring words which will definitely be our torch bearers for life. 
 
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Friday, September 24, 2021

National Lighthouse Day

A Special cover was released at Kaup on 21st September 2021to celebrate the National Lighthouse Day. On this occasion our member Mr.K Sridhar exhibited his collection of stamps and other Philatelic items related to Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse tower in Kaup was built in the year 1901 on a 12 meter high rock in the sea shore. At the time of commissioning, the tower was painted in white colour, but in 1935 the painting scheme was changed to black and white bands. It is a circular masonry tower with a total height of 34 meters.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Sad Demisre of Shri. Raghavendra Shenoy.

We are deeply saddened to inform the sudden demise of our Patron member and our treasurer Shri. Raghavendra Shenoy  on 26th June 2021. He was our treasurer since many years and served our Association with all dedication and sincerity. He was a stamp collector and Postcrosser. We pray that may his Soul rest in eternal peace and God grant his family all the strength to bear his sudden loss.


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Sad Demise of Dr.K.S.Prabhakar Rao

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our Patron and founder member Dr.K.S.Prabhakar Rao passed away recently.He was a Rotarian and collected stamps on Rotary, had won many laurels in his earlier years as a collector.He had played an important role in the Philatelic exhibitions held in Dakshina Kannada during the initial years of our Club. We pray that may his Soul rest in eternal peace.


 
 Dr.K.S.Prabhakar Rao, (sitting, 3rd from right, in black checkered suit)

Being honoured by the Postal Department at KARNAPEX - 2019

Monday, January 11, 2021

Annual General Body Meeting - 2019-2020

After a long gap of 8 months we had to conduct our AGM on 13th December 2020. Our monthly meetings were cancelled due to the lock down and Covid 19 restrictions. Maybe this was for the first time that we had to cancel our meeting for such long duration. The Secretary's Report and the Accounts Statement was presented in the meeting and was approved with out any objections. 






Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Sad Demise of Sri.R.N.Prabhu

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our life member Sri R.Narayan Prabhu, passed away on 30th September 2020.  He was a an ardent Philatelist and coin collector . We pray that may his Soul rest in eternal peace pray to give the family the support which is needed in his absence.