Collecting colourful stamps of different kinds is a hobby for many, and Mr. M K Krishnayya of Udupi is a thematic philatelist. But, his taste differs from that of others in that he collects only stamps which have the picture of flags. If anyone visits Mr Krishnayya to have a look at his stamps, he spreads his large collection of flag stamps and narrates their evolution.
Mr M K Krishnayya, is an employee of the Corporation Bank, who have his hobby in childhood and now has a gigantic collection.
When you visit Mr Krishnayya at his "Vibhalaya" in Kalyana Nagar, Krishnayya extends warm welcome to you-. Thousands of stamps are in his collection. "Do you know how the flag came into being?" he asks you. He says, "The origin of flag may be traced back to the lithic age when people used to carry poles with fan shaped heads"
"Later birds were used by Sovereigns and Vikings as their symbol of authority. At a later stage, a piece of cloth tied to a pole came into being to have the identity of the user". He goes on narrating the history of flags. "The piece of saffron cloth tied to the top of the pole used by seers is the beginning of a flag", he says.
"Every nation has its own flag. Flag is not an ordinary piece of cloth. It has its own importance. There are prescribed guidelines for hoisting, honouring, prepareing, holding the flag . You just cannot hoist the flag as and when you wish. It is shown here as to how the flag is to be hoisted. It should be vertically hoisted with the help of a straight pole with a string." Mr. Krishnayya continues with his story "See, this flag is used in sports, this is a religious flag, this is a flag of political allies, and here is the flag of military allies".
Krishnayya continues, "Stamps are issued to commemorate some special event. See, this is the stamp issued by the Soviet Union on the occasion of Silver Jubilee of Indian Independence", . showing the stamp issued by USSR which shows Indian flag hoisted on the Red Fort in Delhi. "Similarly this is the stamp issued by Pakistan during the last SAARC Summit which contains flags of all member nations". He says "philately is not confined to collection of stamps only, but it also includes collection of all postal materials issued by the Department of Posts & Telegraph. See, this is the First Flight cover issued by the Postal Department of Seychelles Island to commemorate the occasion of first flight service between India and Seychelles. Similarly the P & T Department offers pictorial cancellation facility on some special occasions. See, this is the pictorial cancellation offered by the P & T Department at Udupi on the occasion of celebration of 7th Birth Centenary of Acharya Sri Madhwa. Further, P&T Department offers pictorial cancellation facility in places of historic, religious and commercial importance".
This is how the Indian flag is being prepared. ISI prescribes that only Khadi should be used to prepare the Indian flag. Philippines has issued a stamp honouring the maker of its first flag Dina Marcela Agoncillo. You know, flags may be of different shapes. Some look like the Roman Vexillum, some are Pennon in shape and others are rectanguiar. Only the flag of Nepal is double Pennon in shape. Similarly most of the Christian countries use a cross in their national flags. Likewise stars and crescent are used in flags of Muslim countries". He collects stamps with the help of a wide network of his friends and stamp dealers.
Mr. Krishnayya is the Secretary of Dakshina Kannada Philatelic Association and he says the number of members has increased in the recent days owing to the efforts of the office bearers.
Mr. Krishnayya is the recipient of many awards
Recently he won a silver medals at :
the: National-level Philatelic exhibition and competition.
KARNAPEX - 2000
- State level exibition held at Bangalore,
- National level exibition held at Bhubaneshwar.
TAIEPEX - 2000
- National level Exibition held in Chennai
- National level exibition held at Nashik.
Mr Krishnayya's collection comes from various sources. He also gives stamps to amateur philatelists and guides them in their interests. His wide collection of stamps makes it necessary for him to refer to a variety of books. His interest in philately is such that even unsavoury experiences have not deterred him & is helping others interested in the hobby.
The present young generation does not seem to be much interested in philately. But it is missing something. Youngers can have access to a lot of information which they cannot hope to get anywhere else. Mr. Krishnayya has trained his children in this feild. Mr. Vishwesh, Ms. Rajeshwari, Subrahmanya follow their fathers footsteps.
M. K. KRISHNAYYA
Vibhalaya, Kalyan Nagar
Kukkikatte, 76 Badagubettu
UDUPI - 576 101, INDIA
Phone: 91 820 2530955