Postal Stamp Image : NILMONI PHUKAN 1009 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 22/06/1981
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.35
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1009
Postal Stamp Name : NILMONI PHUKAN
Stamp Information : Nilmoni Phukan was born at Dibrugarh, Assam, on 22 June 1880. He was educated at Dibrugarh, Gauhati, Cooch Behar and Calcutta. Abandoning his study of law, he came back to Dibrugarh and founded the George Institution. As founder headmaster for 15 years, he nursed it into a flourishing institution which has done yeoman service in spreading education in the area. In 1931 he joined the editorial staff of the Assamese weekly ?The Batori?. When it became a daily ?The Dainik Batori? in 1935, Phukan became the first editor of the first daily newspaper in Assamese. He jointly edited ?The Alochani?, a monthly from Dibrugarh and another monthly, ?The Na-jon?. A prolific writer and poet, he has to his credit as many as 14 published collections of poems besides innumerable unpublished poems. His contribution to Assamese language and literature also includes 5 throught-provoking books and a dozen unpublished manuscripts. He was twice elected Presedent of the Assam Sahitya Sabha. He was made Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi; and the Gauhati University conferred on him the degree of D. Litt Honoris Causa in recognition of his signal contribution to Assamese literature. As a pioneer and veteran journalist he was drawn into the vortex of the struggle for freedom. Deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi he forsook foreign dress and manners, and became his follower in life and thought. An active member of the Indian National Congress, at the call of Gandhiji he Quit India Movement, as a result of which he was arrested and imprisoned in 1942. A lifelong bachelor, his was a life of total dedication to the cause of his fellow beings, and was in turned loved by all those who came in touch with him. An unsparingly selfeless servant, he spent all his earnings for the welfare of the people. During the latter part of his life he set up, with his personal funds, ?The Mitur Asram? at Nagabat on the Border of Nagaland and Assam to foster amity between the peoples of the hills and the plains. He breathed his last on 21 January, 1978. (The above text is based on material supplied by sponsors)
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp shows the portrait of Nilmoni Phukan along with his signature inside a floral border. First day cover (design by Indian Security Press) shows a page from the manuscript of one of the works of the poet along with a view of ?Mitur Asram? founded by him. Cancellation was designed by Charanjit Lal.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.75 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.70 X 2.4 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 14x14,1/2
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 20,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Red Brown
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